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Installing laminate flooring on stairs – woodland flooringwoodland flooring

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Start at the top of the stairs. The easiest way to install your laminate flooring is to start at the top of the stairs and work your way down. By doing this, you avoid standing on the freshly installed flooring (and you won’t trap yourself upstairs when the job is done!)

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Tread pieces. The tread piece is the part of the stair that you actually step on to. To install the tread pieces, apply good quality wood glue to the subfloor, making sure not to put any on the space at the edge which will be covered by the nosing later. Take the glued-together tread pieces which you assembled earlier and place them firmly onto the tread, with the tongue edge of the plank facing outwards.If any glue squeezes onto the laminate planks, wipe it off quickly with a damp cloth.

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Put the risers into place. The next step is to cover the risers, which are the vertical parts of the stairs. Apply the wood glue to the back of the riser plank and press it into place, holding firmly for a minute or two while the glue sets.

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If you want to secure the riser piece further, you can use a nail gun to nail the very top of the plank in place, as the nails will be concealed by the thread edge.

Install the stair nosing. The stair nosing is the piece that sits on top of the riser and overhangs the edge of the step slightly. To install the nosing, apply construction glue to the subfloor (rather that the nosing itself) and press it firmly into place, with the tapered end overlapping the thread piece.

You will also need to screw the top nosing into place, in order to properly secure it. To do this, cover the nosing with a strip of clear plastic tape, to protect the laminate. Mark out where each of the screws should be placed with a pencil – they should be spaced about 9 inches (22.9В cm) apart, and should be centered in the middle of the nosing.

Drill a countersink hole for each of the screws, using a combination bit. Insert the wood screws, leaving the plastic tape in place until after you’ve covered the screws with putty.

Complete the stairs. It is up to you whether you wish to put all of the riser pieces and tread pieces in place first, before installing the nosing, or if you want to complete each step fully before moving on to the next one. Whichever method you use, make sure you take your time and install your laminate flooring carefully. You want this flooring to last many years, so it is worth doing the job properly.

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