pergo & concrete steps

Old 03-17-02, 11:53 AM
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Question pergo & concrete steps

I contacted you once before on glued vs snap together Pergo. When
Home Depot was closing out the glued at $37 a box I went that route and
bought 1700 sq feet to do 6 rooms, 3 rooms are done.
The question I have is for the living and family rooms as they have
5 cconcrete steps going down into the rooms. Is using the Pergo stair
nose molding the best way to go? Or have you seen a better method?
My steps are 42.5 inches wide, so I'm going to have to buy 10 pieces
and will have ten 40" pieces leftover. Would you have any use for the
leftover pieces? I could drop them off the next time I'm in Phoenix.
Should I use Liquid Nails for both the planks and the stair nose?
I'm asking because the directions for the stairnose say that it should
be screwed down. Does it need to be screwed into the concrete, or is
the liquid nails enough?
Thanks, John Eichelberger, Tucson, Az
Old 03-17-02, 08:25 PM
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Installing laminate on stairs

Every laminate manufacturer seems to have their own instructions for installation. It is always best to follow manufacturer's instructions very carefully in order to avoid voiding product warranties. Go to where you can contact Pergo for advice. Pergo is a "floating" floor and should not be glued or nailed to subfloor. Pergo Film is recommended for installation over concrete floors. Stairnoses come in 78" lengths and are necessary when installing a Pergo stair system.
Old 03-17-02, 08:47 PM
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The risk of someone falling if a molding should come loose on a stairway is entirely to great to leave a laminate or veneer or overlay ( call it what you will) not securely fastened. The reason for not fastening floating floor components is generally to allow for expansion and contraction. A 42.5" X 10" step has the potential for expansion or contraction of less than 1/32" total. Nail it or screw it down and keep a person from the falling all the way to the hospital emergency room. Your home owners or liability insurance carrier will appreciate your effort.

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