Installing laminate flooring on stairs can be tedious and time consuming. A lot of homeowners opt not do it on their own, given the complexity of the task. It is more detailed and requires more attention than installing laminate on the floor. But for those who want to, we’re here to give you some easy to follow steps on how to install laminate flooring on your stairs.
Choose your laminate flooring
If you have kids, installing laminate on the stairs might not be a good idea. But if you really want to match them with your laminate floors, then go for the ones with a textured, matte finish.
As compared to other surfaces in your home, the stairs tend to get more wear and tear. So be sure to get the most hard-wearing laminate your supplier has to offer.
Prepare the floor
You need to lay the floor laminates on a flat and level surface. Be sure to check your floor for any bumps or dips. If there are bumps or dips, then they need to be flattened or filled first before you get started
Cut the laminate
Your objective, when installing laminate on stairs, is to get all the pieces cut to the right length. Take time to measure the risers, treads and nose correctly so as to avoid making mistakes and wasting too many boards. After cutting, number each tread and riser and set aside.
Install laminate on stairs
At this point, you should have all the parts for each stair cut and numbered. Now, you are ready to install the laminate. Start at the top of the stairs and work downward from there. This is important so as to avoid stepping on the freshly installed sections.
Start by installing the risers, then the treads and lastly, the nose. You can use a nail gun to secure the risers further. Don’t worry. The nails will be concealed by the nose later on.
We recommend that you use construction-type glue that is dispensed from a glue gun. Apply a liberal amount of glue at the back surface of the plank. Hold it in place for a minute or two to fix it in place. If any glue squeezes out, just wipe it off with a damp cloth.