Laminate on stairs

Old 11-11-14, 01:36 PM
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Laminate on stairs

I thought of doing this with salvage 3/4" fir flooring, but that makes the bottom step an extra 3/4" high, and the top step 3/4" low. I'm told this makes a tripping hazard.
The existing stair is done in 2x10 spruce, and is painted dismal grey. It is built with the tread nosing out by 1"

I don't like the laminate nosing I've found. It overlaps at the joint, which makes for a tripping hazard, and it's a nuisance to clean, as you can't sweep downhill.

Would this work:

Cut laminate to cover the entire tread. Trim the tongue on the edge so that the laminate has a solid edge. Glue and/or screw the laminate to the existing tread. Use a counter sink so the screws will end flush.

Use a strip of 2" stop material with a chamfer on one edge, and screw to the face of the existing tread. I'd stain this material a different colour from the laminate for two reasons:

* I can't match hardwood to laminate.

* The visual contrast helps people see the edge of the tread.

Paint the underside of the nose approximately the same colour as the stained stop piece. This is visible only for the top few steps when at the bottom, and is in shadow.

(Ok, do the painting first so I don't drip on the new laminate.)
Old 11-11-14, 04:51 PM
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Laminate is not a good choice for stair treads. It must float, so gluing or screwing it down won't work well. Most often, replacing the construction treads with 1" thick bull nose stair treads is the best way.

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