How To Install Laminate Flooring On Stairs

Installing new laminate flooring on stairs is a good idea when covering stairs that lead into a home from the outdoors. Aside from being an attractive decorative touch, some types of this flooring can be made to remove dirt from the shoes and keep it out of the home.

Stairs covered in laminate flooring are also easier to maintain and keep clean than stairs covered in carpet. They will hold up well and will not need to be replaced as frequently as carpet stairs.

What You Need

•    Measuring tape
•    Pencil
•    Flooring materials

Step 1 - Prepare the Stairs

If the stars you want to refinish are carpeted, remove all of the carpet and the adhesive below. Clean the stairs completely to make sure your new laminate flooring will adhere well to the surface. Smooth out the surface of the stairs and pound down any nails that stick up.

Step 2 - Set the First Tile 

Measure the top stair to determine its exact center and mark that point with a pencil. Put the first laminate tile over the mark, making sure that the center of the tile is exactly over the mark.

Step 3 - Work Your Way Outward

Moving your way from the center to the left and then the center to the right, cover the entire stair. Move to the riser face and continue the same process.  

When you have completed the first stair and riser, move down to the next step and repeat the process. Continue all the way down the stairs until they are all covered.

Maintaining Your Stairs

Keep your new laminate stairs free from debris that can scuff or scratch the tiles when the stairs are in use. Stairs outside of a home should be covered with a rougher laminate flooring that will remove dirt from the bottom of people's shoes.

Laminate flooring has become one of the most popular choices in flooring because of its durability, ease of installation and low price.  It is a great way for homeowners to bring the look of hardwood into their home without the added expense and maintenance concerns.
Laminate floor tiles, such as the ones that are used on stairs, are resistant to many problems, but they still must be kept clean and free of loose debris.  Keep the floors from becoming excessively wet to prevent water and moisture damage.