The very first thing your going to want is persistence. Putting in laminate or hardwood on stairs will be tedious and time consuming. It is a little completely different than putting in strong stair treads. In quite a lot of circumstances people need their stairs to match the encircling laminate or hardwood flooring. In the event you determine to tackle the duty, the primary goals is are to chop the treads and stair noses as shut as potential to the edges and ensure the stair nostril, treads and risers are hooked up securely. (I exploit glue, development adhesive and nails).
Quite a lot of instances the steps have carpet on them, so eradicating the carpet can reveal some surprises. Such because the over grasp on every stair (which can have to be eliminated) or the zillion staples the carpet guys used when set up the carpet. Or perhaps the treads below the carpet are warped or free.
When getting ready the steps I take away all of the staples, scrap any particles of akin to drywall mud paint over spray and many others. I additionally examine for any treads that is probably not flat. Typically this may be corrected with screws that are higher than nails, nails are inclined to work free. Or utilizing a belt sander to eliminate excessive spots. Worse case could be to exchange the tread with the identical thickness board. And eradicating the over grasp on every stair or fill within the house under the over grasp.
Deciding on what kind of riser is one thing that must be thought of. You possibly can both use the identical flooring your putting in on the treads or use a painted wooden as a riser. 1 X pine or polar are good for this. Some people like the steps all the identical, whereas others favor the steps to face out extra with the painted riser.
Contemplate the price of the supplies. Stair nosing will be pricey, however you’ll be able to normally get two stairs completed with one size of nosing. Store round for the perfect value of pine or poplar for the risers if you would like that look. So far as the quantity of flooring you’ll need, a typical stair is about three ft vast by about 1 foot deep. That is three sq. ft for the tread or 6 sq. ft in case your doing the riser with the flooring additionally. All the time add 10 p.c additional when ordering your flooring. This additional flooring is required for waste and when errors are made. Its good to have additional left over additionally in case of repairs that will have to be completed sooner or later.
Utilizing good high quality instruments could make the job simpler. I exploit a sliding miter noticed, nail gun, round noticed and desk noticed in addition to varied hand instruments.
I can’t use quarter spherical on the steps to cowl gaps. It doesn’t look good and it makes your stairs smaller. If you must cowl gaps get some matching putty to fill them in. You’ll need some anyway to fill nail holes.
Anyway you have a look at it, its quite a lot of work. The extra educated you’re once you begin, the higher the completed job will look. It may be very rewarding when completed the suitable approach.