I am putting new laminate on the stairs to my basement. I have removed
all the carpet and all the staples. I have all the flooring, the glue,
and the nosing. I have done laminate on flat floors before, but not on
stairs. he problem is that my stair treads over hand and the ends are
rounded. The nosing doesn't fit properly because of the rounding.
What I need to know is this: do I need to cut the stair tread so that
they are flush with the vertical before the project will go together
properly. I have watched a vidoe produced by Shaw that shows how to
glue the laminate to the treads, but it doesn't address my issue.
The problem with that is the new tread will probably be narrower than
the original. Usually the nosing is 1". But laminate nosings are
less than 1/2", typically 1/4". That .5" to 0.75" less of treads will
make your stair not meeting the building code.
Actually, the building code says tat the tread depth for a single
family dwelling in Nova Scotia is 9". The depth of the tread with the
bullnose is 10", so cut down even without the new laminate nosing, it
will still meet code.
I skipped the preformed treads. I didn't like the extra bumb my brand
had. I also was worried about the very slippery nature of laminate on
my slightly steep basement stairway.
My solution was to use a standard metal stair-nosing. It covers the
original bullnosed stair tread and the front of the laminate tread.
I wouldn't do this on primary/decorative stairways but going into a
nicely finished basement it works well.
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