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laminate installation

1) I am installing laminate flooring that has attached underlayment. I am installing this on a subfloor on my stairs to be used for the treads. Can I glue the underlayment side directly to the subflooring?

2) With laminate used for stair treads, you I have to allow for expansion of the
laminate or can I but the laminate against the riser portion?

3) I am also going to install this laminate with the preattached underlayment over a concrete foundation in my living room and to a tile entry way. What
thickness visqueen should I use for this?

4) How do I secure a tread nose to tile on the corner of a step down entry way?

Obvious I am new at this so I appreciate time and expertise in helping me.

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Old 03-06-14, 01:49 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

1- you can't glue laminate nor its underlayment to any substrate. It must float.
2- laminate is not a good choice for stairtreads for the reason you mention
3- visqueen does not enter the equation on pre attached barrier on laminate. Your underlayment is attached to the mDF
4- a picture of what you are trying would help. My imagination is gone. Not understanding how the tread nosing is associated with tile.
 
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Old 03-06-14, 03:14 PM
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Refer to the flooring manufacturers recommendations on installations over concrete. You will need the addition of a vapor barrier under the laminate and the installation instructions will direct you for your brand of flooring. I second Larry in that laminate on stairs is a poor idea. If cost is the factor, they make pine stair treads that can be stained to match your flooring. I prefer the look and feel of oak treads.
 
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I third the vote for no laminate stair treads.
In fact I would not even use it on a second floor, to loud and will be a problem when you come to the landing for the stairs.
 
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Thank you for your reply. I have decided to make my stair steps of 1" thick hard maple stained to
match (hopefully) the color of the laminate. I currently have a tile entry way that steps down into the living room. The step down is about 5". I am going to float the laminate over the tile. I am going to need some type of transition piece on the edge where the tile steps down into the living room. This piece will about 3" wide (I think I will have to custom make this) the same width as the laminate with the side facing the living room having a round over. My question is how do I secure this 3" wide custom piece to the tile? Do I use lead anchors then screw the wood down and counter sink the holes and fill in with wood filler? Thank you.
 
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Old 03-07-14, 03:43 AM
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You need to treat this landing like stairs. Expansion and contraction of the laminate may cause problems if you don.t take it into consideration with your trim. You can't butt the laminate to the nosing. I know you are laminating for aesthetics, , and not being able to see what you have, we are behind the 8 ball. If the landing were to be a nice color of tile and in good shape, I would leave it as a mud depository for wet shoes upon entry. You don't want to constantly wet laminate.
 
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