Revamping your staircase
With Spring quickly approaching you may well be looking for ideas to give your home a fresh new look, but without spending a fortune. Therefore why not consider giving your staircase a re-design? The staircase is often a central feature in a house, and giving it a brand new look could completely transform the appearance of an entrance or hallway.
Is laminate flooring suitable for staircases?
The most popular choice of flooring for staircases tends to be carpet due to the added comfort that it provides underfoot, and also as it provides more grip to reduce the likelihood of slips and trips. There is, however, plenty of choice when it comes to picking a flooring type for your stairs, with laminate being another very viable option.
One of the benefits of laminate flooring for a staircase is that it gives a clean, modern appearance and meanwhile can be easily cleaned and cared for. It is tough and durable and can withstand heavy footfall, without causing damage to the surface.
Laminate is available in a wide range of colours, finishes and styles and therefore there is something to suit every interior taste. For stairway use, we suggest a matte, textured finish for maximum safety and to minimise slippage.
Fitting laminate on your staircase: Top Tips
Laminate can be fitted to a staircase in many different ways and we would always recommend consulting a professional fitter for advice on the best way to achieve your desired look. If, however, you decide to fit the flooring yourself and are confident to do so, here are some tips to help you in the process:
1. Know the basics. Getting to know the basic make-up of a staircase can be a big advantage before you start installing your laminate flooring. Here is a list of the basic components that you should know:
- The TREAD: This is the horizontal part of the stair that you step upon.
- The RISER: This is the vertical part of the stair that rises from the tread up to the next step.
- The STRINGER: This is the board that is on the stair wall and which runs up the length of the staircase.
- The STAIR NOSE: This is a safe way to finish your laminate flooring on your staircase, by hiding the edges of the wood flooring, where the two wood floors meet.
3. Allow the laminate to acclimate before installing. Laminate flooring generally needs time to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the room before it is installed. This prevents any warping, expanding or contracting of the boards at a later stage. Once you get your laminate home, remove the boards from their packaging and pile them up in an open space where they can get plenty of air. Leave them here for 48 hours before you start installation.
2. Start at the top of the stairs. The best and safest way to install your laminate flooring is to start right at the top of the stairs and make your way down. This way, you avoid standing on the freshly installed flooring and you won’t be trapped upstairs once you have finished.
3. Remove any overhang. Your stairs may well have a pre-existing overhang: this is when the underside of the stair nose on the upper steps is visible from the bottom of the staircase. You will need to remove this before you can lay your new laminate flooring by either cutting off the overhang using a jigsaw and a chisel to ensure the surface is flush with the riser, or you can use a piece of plywood to pad the riser, filling out the space underneath the overhang. Just be sure to nail the plywood in place before installing the laminate.
For more details, check out our laminate flooring installation guide to help you further along the way.
Make sure that you are 100% confident before you start the installation process, and if not, then consult a professional floor fitter for extra peace of mind.
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