Laminate Stairs

Laminate stairs

Laminated Stairs

Laminating Stairs

Remove the old step covering,
such as linoleum.

Clean the surface down to
bare wood, sand level where

Remove all dust and dirt,
as the glue will stick to the
dust, rather than the wood.

Vacuum, and wipe clean
with a tack cloth.

No underlay is used, the
laminate glues directly to
the wood, to make a safe

Place the laminate onto the
horizontal step risers first,
if nails are used, they will be
covered by the vertical

A 1-1/4 inch air nailer works
well, for this purpose.

The front stair nose covers
up any nails used on the
front edge of the horizontal

If you use nails, nail very close
to the edge. Only a few nails
are used to hold the laminate
in place, as the glue will secure
The vertical riser laminate
only needs glue to hold it,
as there is no traffic pressure
on the rear laminate.

When the glue is applied to
the backside of the laminates,
a wiggly line of glue is run
from one end of the board,
to the other, about two
inches wide.

A construction adhesive like
Lepages PL premium is used
to glue the laminate to the

When measuring for laminate,
use a twelve inch square to
check each step end for
trueness, vertically and

Snap the laminate pieces
together to make a full board.
Use masking tape to hold
them together, front and back.

Masking tape is also applied
to the laminate, where the
cut takes place, any correction
to the cut is pencil lined
onto the masking tape.

The masking tape also prevents
chipping of the laminate
during cutting.

Adjust for easy fit to allow for
expansion to the walls.

Use a new sharp 7-1/2 inch,
60-tooth tungsten tooth
blade on the table saw.
The blade is set fully up to
reduce sawdust from being
thrown forward.

Masking tape is used on all
cuts whether true or not,
this prevents chipping, and
rough edges to the cuts.

What Not to Do

Do not just measure one stair
and riser length, and cut all
the laminate to these lengths,
as each individual step will
vary in length and trueness.

Spaces at the end of the
steps are difficult to fix as
there is very little wood near
the wall to nail down a
cover strip of wood.

Laminated Stairs
Metal Nose, Cutting Jig

Use a short piece of a 2x4
stud to make the jig.
Mark a line onto the 2x4.
Use a square to draw the

Make a cut into the wood jig
the depth of the metal nose.

This jig will allow you to make
true cuts each time.

Use a hacksaw with fine teeth
32 teeth per inch blade to
cut the metal nose.

Use a file to clean up the cut,
and burrs.

Installing Metal Edge

When attaching the stair nose
to the stair edge, drill a vertical
pilot hole for each screw, so the
screw will go in perfectly
vertical, and with ease.

There is less change of stripping
the top of the screw with the
screwdriver, and the screw
head will be set level with the
metal nose.

A screw that goes in crooked will
result in one side of the screw
head higher than the other.

A crooked screw causes ripped
socks and provides a potential
for someone to trip on the screw.

The screws used for metal stair
noses, are very fine, and in order
to apply enough force to set
them, the screw heads may
develop sharp burrs.

You can remove the burrs
with a fine single cut file.

Place a strip of masking tape
on both sides of the screw,
to protect the stair nose
from getting its finish scratched
as you file off the burrs.

Place a small square piece
of wood on the drill bit
(1/4 inch square 1/4 inch plywood),
to prevents the spinning metal
drill chuck from coming into
contact with the metal
nose, and cause scratches.

Cleaning Laminated

A good product to clean
laminated floors is "Natura"
laminate & hardwood cleaner,
it leaves a nice shine and cleans
very well.

Other cleaners may leave a bit
of soap, which creates a
dull look.

Estimating Material

Stair treads are 3 ft. in length
and 12 inches

Sq. ft.= length x width.

Treads, 3 ft. x 1 ft.= 3 sq. ft.
per step.

Riser is 1/2 ft. wide
Riser 3 Ft. x 1/2 ft. =
1.5 sq. ft.

Each step is 3 + 1-1/2 =
4.5 sq. ft.

14 steps would take 14 x 4.5 =
63 sq. ft.,

Add 10% for waste and error
= approx. 70 sq. ft.


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