Laminate Stairs

Laminate stairs


Laminating Stairs

Remove the old step
covering, such as linoleum.

Clean the surface down
to bare wood, sand level
where necessary.

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 surface.

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

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

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

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 it.
The vertical riser laminate
only needs glue to hold it,
as there is no traffic
pressure on the rear

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 line.

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 Screws

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.

Laminated Floors

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.

Material Needed

Stair tread is 3 feet in
length and 12 inches

Square feet= length times

Treads, 3 feet x 1 feet
equals 3 square feet
per step.

Riser is 1/2 foot wide
Riser 3 Feet. times 1/2
feet equals 1.5 square

Each step is 3 square feet
plus 1-1/2 square feet
equals 4.5 square feet.

14 steps would be 14 times
4.5, equals 63 square feet.

Add 10% for waste and
error equals approximately
70 square feet.


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