We are preparing to install linoleum on our stairs and in our
entranceway. Any tips or hints you have would be greatly appreciated.
It is quite a small area, so we are trying to save the money of having
someone come in to do it. Thanks! -Ringo
On Mar 21, 4:56 pm, snipped-for-privacy@SASKTEL.NET wrote:
It is a very good idea to use the 1/4" luan plywood screwed directly
to the stair treads that will recieve the flooring. Countersink
slightly. That way you have a nice smooth surface from edge to edge
to glue your flooring to. It also make your job more easily
reversible in the future. No flooring last forever and you will thank
yourself and maybe me if you put plwood down first. You always cut
the pw slightly undersized.
Then use flooring compound. You mix with special flooring compound
liquid, not water, and smear it into any gaps using a drywall or putty
knife. Work neatly and no sanding will be necessary. You want the
surface to be clean and smooth from edge to edge before gluing.
Use a notched trowel to apply flooring glue to the luan. The size of
trowel to be used will be reccomended by the glue manufacturer. Cut
the flooring carefully with a sharp knife and straigtedge before
Usually some type of trim is put over the edges, eliminating the need
for a perfect cut. Use a can of beans or a wooden dowel and roll it
back and forth to smooth it down and even out the glue. There is lots
more to know but hopefully that is enough for you to get it done.
They are indoor stairs. We are in a bi-level (6 steps up, 6 steps down
from our front door when you enter). We have berber in the basement,
but (by order of his asthma specialist) we just removed the carpets
upstairs to install laminate due to our son's allergies. The stairs
used to match the floor they went to (berber going down, high pile
carpet going up), but there was more waste with the laminate then we
expected, and we were left with insufficient amount to complete the
entrance and stairs as originally planned. We bought it on clearance
and can't get more. Since we can't match the berber to just complete
all of the stairs the same, and our entranceway deals with a lot of
moisture from 2 kids & a lot of snow and rain in our area (carpet
doesn't like that much), the only other option we had right now was
linoleum. It will be easier to keep clean, and matches both the carpet
and the new laminate fairly well, so should provide a nice transition
between the two. You are right, though. That one last lingering
concern of mine is that it may be slippery. I'm hoping a rubberised
mat during wet seasons should help with that. It's not a huge area
either, so if it realy turns out poorly we can always try something
else. Thanks for your thoughts & comments, Ringo
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