Is it possible to place a stair nosing on a covered staircase with laminate flooring? Yes, there are different options, although not all are always valid

Laminate floors have been common for a long time. It is not uncommon to enter a home and find beautiful laminate flooring, although it is still prohibited in some places like bathrooms, kitchens or stairs. On many occasions, it is more a matter of prejudice than of possibilities.

This time we will talk about installing laminate flooring on stairs, an elegant way to maintain and unify the appearance of our home.

This placement has certain peculiarities compared to the traditional laminate flooring in a room. Therefore, we will discuss the installation steps and the necessary materials.

Necessary materials

  • Glue or adhesive. To fix the pieces to the steps.
  • Stair nose. It is the top of each stage. There are different types, each offering a different result.
  • Meter or tape measure.
  • Miter saw it. For the cuts at the ends of the stairs, both the right and the corner ones if necessary (it will depend on the stairs).
  • Circular saw or puzzle. To cut the slats with the appropriate measures.

Stair nosing types for laminate stair flooring

stair nosing for laminate flooring

The nose of the stairs is the piece or finish of each step, which is placed at the angle formed by the floor area (where it is stepped on) and the mirror (vertical surface of the step).

There are mainly 4 types of stair noses that we can use with laminate floors:

  • Background plate. It is the crudest and least attractive solution, but also the easiest to install. It is a right-angled piece that overlaps in the corner. The big disadvantage is that the whole stage is not at the same level.
  • Lapel. They are pieces with a tongue that is also placed on top. The steps would also not be level, but it would not be as bold as the previous solution.
  • With click system. It is the solution that most manufacturers are inclined towards, and in my opinion the most elegant. They are pieces created specifically for this use and that fit perfectly in the slat click system. In terms of design, there are manufacturers that offer complete uniformity and there are others that offer more creative and even elegant solutions for the stair nosing.
  • With profile. This is another option that offers a practical and elegant result. It is an aluminum profile screwed to the step and which receives both the floor and the finish and places them at the same level in the floor area. It is mainly used by the QuickStep brand.

Laminate flooring installation on stairs

For installation on laminated floor stairs, the parts must be fixed to the step with adhesives. There are those who recommend the use of screws, I personally think it is a scam, since the screw head fillings will never be perfect and dozens of these marks will be seen along the stairs.

The fixation of the pieces is a significant difference compared to the usual on laminate floors. Usually floating installations are carried out, in which the pieces are not fixed to the subsoil, using a blanket or insulation. This is not the case in the steps.

  1. Prepare the surface. Each step must be level and free of dirt and traces of paint or other products.
  2. If the surface is not porous, a product should be applied to improve the adhesion of the glue or adhesive that will be used to fix the laminate floor and the stair nosing.
  3. On each step, the first piece that we will place will be the one that goes in the mirror. We cut to the right size and paste. If the step has a corner, the corresponding parts must be cut squarely.
  4. Then we will stretch the piece with the nose of the stairs. This will not normally cover the entire width, so laminate flooring tiles should be used to cover the entire footprint area. When we cut the pieces and verify that the measurements are correct, we join them using the click system. With the pieces together we apply the adhesive and then put it on.
  5. The same occurs with each step.

Below, you can see a video made by a well-known manufacturer of laminate flooring in Spain where you can see the process clearly.