My staircase has Mohawk 3/8" laminate wood plank, and I like to remove
the laminate wood and prep the surface to receive carpet.
Here are some pictures of my staircase:
The complex thing about this is that the balusters and newels are
resting directly on the laminate wood treads. So if I remove the
treads, the height will be a little different.
The treads are about 11.5" and the riser are about 5.5".
It appears that the previous owner had bougth the new house with bare
floor, and removed the original plywood treads to install the laminate
wood treads because I can see the patching that was done on the
stringer. The outline of the tread toe is on the stringer.
I dont think I can just carpet on top of the laminate since I will also
be removing the laminate at the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor. The
shoe rail there is also resting on the laminate wood.
For the section of the stairs that is not closed on both sides, I like
to have wood tread ends on which the balusters will rest. Do these
tread ends come pre-finished, or are they usually finished onsite? I
need to match the color of the tread ends with the rest of rails and
The carpet will be between the stringer and the exposed tread end.
Any suggestion would be appreciated.