laminate flooring - staircases

Installing Laminate Flooring on Stairs

10 Jan 2020

While installing laminate flooring onto most areas is relatively straight-forward, navigating areas like staircases can prove to be much trickier.

Value Carpets and Flooring are the specialist supplier and installer of laminated floors in Birmingham and across the West Midlands. We have over 500 laminate floor options to choose from with the choice of engineered and solid real wood floors.

Here, we have created a handy eight-step guide to explain in more detail how laminated floors are installed on staircases.

If you have any questions you’d like to discuss with our friendly team, contact us today.

8 Ways to Install Laminate Flooring on Staircases

1. Remove Existing Flooring and Underlay

The first step is to have your existing floor and underlay removed. Once you have a bare staircase, all paint and adhesive needs removing. Then any protruding nails need hammering down. The stairs will then need a thorough brush down to create a clean and even surface.

2. Remove Overhang

Some stairs have an overhang from existing nosing (the protruding edge of the stair), which needs removing before your laminated flooring can be installed.

The overhang is removed by cutting it away using a jigsaw or nail a piece of plywood to the riser which fills the space underneath.

3. Laying Underlay

Underlay improves acoustics and creates a more comfortable feel underfoot, which is important for high traffic areas of the home such as your stairs.

Choosing the right underlay for your laminate is crucial before you have your flooring installed.

4. Cut Laminates to Size

Next, your laminate needs cutting to a specific size.

For each step, you need three pieces of laminate: the tread piece which sits on top of the step, the riser piece which sits vertically on the front of the step and finally the stair nosing which hangs over the front of the step.

5. Lay the Tread

Laminate needs time to dry before you can walk on it, so we start your installation at the top of the stairs and work downwards which avoids getting stuck upstairs!

Using wood adhesive, our installers glue your tread to the first step which ensures it lies tightly against the back of the step with the tongue facing outwards.

6. Fit the Riser

Now, we glue your riser piece of laminate to the vertical front of the step, then we hold it in place while it sets.

7. Add the Nosing

Once your riser and tread are secured, the next step is adding your nosing which acts as an edge trim for each step.

8. Leave for 12 Hours

Once your staircase is finished, you will need to leave it to set overnight.

Avoid walking on it for at least 12 hours.

Laminate Flooring From Value Carpets & Flooring

Value Carpets & Flooring are a specialist supplier and installer of laminate tile and wood flooring across the West Midlands as well as Birmingham. We have over 500 laminate options available, all high-quality and budget-friendly with various options available to suit your specific requirements and measurements.

Our unique and stunning range of laminate tile and wood flooring is available from either of our locations in a variety of colours, styles and thicknesses from 7mm to 12mm. Feel free to browse through our fantastic range of tile and wood laminate flooring here.

Our laminate flooring experts have also answered some FAQs regarding the laminate flooring options we offer, installation and what materials our laminate flooring is made of. 

Speak to the Staircase Specialists Here at Value Carpets & Flooring

Our friendly, dedicated and knowledgeable team are happy to help you with your laminate flooring installation.

We have two locations, so make sure to check out our Birmingham and West Midlands locations before visiting our showrooms.

If you would like to know more about our range of laminate wood flooring, please contact us today.

Virage Park
Walsall Road
WS11 0NH
01543 897737