The very first thing your heading to need to have is patience. Installing laminate or hardwood on stairs can be tiresome and time consuming. This is a tiny distinct than setting up good stair treads. In a large amount of situations people want their stairs to match the encompassing laminate or hardwood flooring. If you make your mind up to acquire on the activity, the primary objectives is are to cut the treads and stair noses as shut as feasible to the sides and make guaranteed the stair nose, treads and risers are connected securely. (I use glue, construction adhesive and nails).
A large amount of moments the stairs have carpet on them, so getting rid of the carpet can expose some surprises. These as the in excess of hold on every stair (which might need to have to be taken out) or the zillion staples the carpet men utilized when put in the carpet. Or possibly the treads under the carpet are warped or unfastened.
When preparing the stairs I get rid of all the staples, scrap any debris of these types of as drywall mud paint in excess of spray and many others. I also verify for any treads that might not be flat. Often this can be corrected with screws which are better than nails, nails are inclined to operate unfastened. Or working with a belt sander to get rid of substantial spots. Even worse case would be to swap the tread with the very same thickness board. And getting rid of the in excess of hold on every stair or fill in the room beneath the in excess of hold.
Selecting on what form of riser is some thing that desires to be considered. You can both use the very same flooring your setting up on the treads or use a painted wood as a riser. 1 X pine or polar are superior for this. Some people like the stairs all the very same, whereas many others choose the stairs to stand out additional with the painted riser.
Look at the price tag of the elements. Stair nosing can be high priced, but you can usually get two stairs accomplished with 1 duration of nosing. Store all-around for the very best rate of pine or poplar for the risers if you want that appear. As considerably as the sum of flooring you will need to have, a regular stair is about 3 ft huge by about 1 foot deep. This is 3 sq. ft for the tread or 6 sq. ft if your performing the riser with the flooring also. Constantly incorporate 10 percent further when purchasing your flooring. This further flooring is required for waste and when blunders are made. Its superior to have further still left in excess of also in case of repairs that might need to have to be accomplished in the future.
Utilizing superior good quality resources can make the occupation easier. I use a sliding miter saw, nail gun, round saw and desk saw as properly as various hand resources.
I will not use quarter spherical on the stairs to deal with gaps. It does not appear superior and it makes your stairs smaller. If you have to deal with gaps get some matching putty to fill them in. You will need to have some anyway to fill nail holes.
In any case you appear at it, its a large amount of operate. The additional educated you are when you start, the better the finished occupation will appear. It can be quite satisfying when accomplished the suitable way.