Originally Posted by wes127
I have a split level seperated by 3 stairs where I am installing laminate wood flooring on each level. Can the laminate be used on the stairs or do the stairs have to be hardwood?
I would appreciate any advice.
Laminate can be used on stairs. Not a problem. It's all in the quality of your laminate that will depend on how they will hold up. Stairs can be easy to do except for all the cutting thats involved. If your planks are as wide as your stairs, great, otherwise cut the boards so that the seam is in the middle of the stair. Cut off all tongue or grooves not being used so that the boards sit flush against the kick and the edge of the stair. You don't need underlay for stairs. As long as the boards have been properly acclimatized you shouldnt have any problem. Glue your laminate directly to the stair. Do the same for the kick plate of the stairs. Yes the corners and edges will look unfinished but thats when you can use the real hardwood (if you want, they have laminate trim too). Purchase laminate or hardwood stair-trim for the edges of the stairs and quarter-round for the back of the stairs. Cut and glue these items into place. I do have pictures of completed stairwells if you would like to see them. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org