LAMINATE STAIR: with or without underlayment

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Old 08-02-08, 01:20 AM
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LAMINATE STAIR: with or without underlayment

I am researching on putting laminate on stairs. Putting aside the issue of safety, slippery, etc... with a laminate stairs, my question is: I am using laminate with pre-attached underlayment. Almost all reference on Internet advise against putting laminate on stair tread with the underlayment for "safety" reason, but nobody offer explanation as to why. The fact that you have to glue and nail the laminate plank to the tread won't make the plank moving anywhere. Furthermore with the pre-attached underlayment I imagine it would be much quieter than without that underlayment.

The "un-safe" issue of laminate stairs might arise from the slippery surface, or from tripping on the uneven bullnose, or from the bullnose breaking apart. How could the pre-attached underlayment cause unsafety ?

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Not sure where or what you're reading but I don't think they're talking about the underlayment being the safety issue. I do not see why that would be a safety issue either.

What does the manufacturer state about installing it on stairs?
 
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I googled "laminate stair" and most says "no underlayment on steps". I ask LumberLiquidators where I bought the laminate. Their answer: "...when installing laminates on stairs these must be fully glued without the use of padding.".

Only a few people suggests keeping the pre-attached underlayment.

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Yes, you glue the treads. You don't want a floating floor floating off the stairs, do you?
 
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