Many homeowners use carpets to deck up the stairs. However, regular carpet cleaning could be a time-consuming task. These days, laminate flooring has emerged as a popular option for decorating the stairs. It is very easy to maintain, inexpensive, and durable. It also provides additional strength to the floor. Being a water-resistant material, it does not get damaged by atmospheric humidity. Moreover, if this type of flooring is installed throughout the house, it gives a uniform look.
How to Select
There are several varieties that are available in the market. Normally, when this type of flooring is installed in a room, it is actually floated on the surface of a sub-floor. This kind of installation should be avoided on the stairs, as it can be dangerous and lead to a fall. Therefore, install it by using self-adhesive tiles. They are easier to install as well. They have sound absorbing layers that are perfect for the stairs.
Thus, you do not have to bother about the loud noise of footsteps every time someone uses the stairs. In some of the flooring, the top layer is textured or slightly rough. Many people opt for this type, as it can hold on to the dirt and soil carried by the shoes into the house. Thus, it helps to keep the flooring inside the house clean. Last but not the least, always choose a high quality, slip-resistant flooring to prevent falls.
Remove the old carpet from the surface of the stairs. Ensure that all the adhesives and tapes that were used to attach the carpet to the floor are removed. Carefully, check out all the corners and sides of the stairs to detect if any tapes, adhesives, or screw heads are left behind on the stairs. Then, clean up the surface of the stairs thoroughly.
Take proper measurements of the stairs. The measurements will help you to locate the center point of the stair. Use a pencil or pen to mark the spot. In the same manner, locate the center point of the riser of the uppermost stair. The center point is determined because the installation of the flooring will start from this point.
To install the laminate tiles on the stairs, you should start from the top and move downwards. Take one tile at a time and remove the adhesive sticker from its surface. Place it on the topmost stair tread in such a way that the center of the tile merges with the center mark you have made on the stair. Put some pressure on the tile, so that glue at the back of the tile fixes up the laminate on the floor.
Once the tile piece is fixed at the center of the tread, place another tile on its left in the same manner and then move on to its right. Make sure all the tiles that are installed are in the same level with each other. Similarly, install laminate flooring on the riser of the stair too. After installation is complete on one stair, then only go to the next one and continue to do so in the same way till the entire stairway has been covered. This type of flooring should never be installed using nails.
The disadvantage of this type of flooring is that it is not suitable for all types of stairways. It should be installed only on the stairways with box pattern. In the other types of stairways, like stairs with overhang, the unfinished borders of the layers of the laminate becomes visible.