Stairways to Heaven: Flooring Products

According to Eberl Iron Works, Inc. on its section of the History of Stairs”, stairs or commonly known as ladders and ramps came into the industry since early times. Yet even the earliest known and simplest demonstrations are still constructed today. On this post we want to propose you that the idea of laminate flooring products on stairs can be possible too.  Home improvement plans, can be achievable if it is done correctly.  Let’s take into account that he skeleton of your stairway is already finished, however the superficial parts, the treads and risers, might need replacing.

Decoding first

Regarding the sections on what stairs are compound are basically four elements. The first one known as the Tread which is the actual part of the stair you step on. The Riser which is the vertical part of the stair that rises from the tread up to the stair nose. Number three is the Stringer belonging to the board that is on the wall, it runs up the length of the staircase. Finally, number four is the Stair nose, which generally will be at the top of the riser where it meets the tread.

Keep into account

The Straight Stair is a straight flight stair with a single flight or some flights linked by landings. These types of stairs do not change direction. Straight flight stairs vary from climbing poles to ladders. A straight flight ramp is in this sense a stair without risers.

The Helical Stair is also called the spiral stair, winding stair, circular stair or elliptical stair. They can have landings as couplings are the elements from which composite stairs are formed. A dogleg stair consists of two straight flights and a landing; an imperial stair has two parallel straight flights separated from a third by a landing.

Flooring products for you


Installing hardwood flooring on stairs is basically the same as installing laminate flooring on stairs. The difference is usually the stair noses. Laminate stair noses are mostly the over lapping type. Hardwood stair noses use the tongue and groove system, makes the stair nose flush withe the hardwood on each stair.

Although some of the laminate flooring manufacturer’s developed a stair nose that is flush with the laminate tread. This new type of stair nose I saw is made of metal with the wood grain to match the flooring. Heres is a list of the basics stair components in order to create a proper staircase:

Do you fancy on doing it yourself? BuildDirect suggests measure each part of each step of your stairs separately. There are four important measurements, which are, the tread, length and width and the riser and overall length and width. If your stairs are uneven in height, add 3/4 inch to the largest height of the riser and trim to fit.

Regarding ordering your materials to build your own staircase, you can buy planks with pre-made rounded edges for the main treads. You can use wooden shims from your cuttings, you can also send them to shape as you like. Remember that stairs are unique and might have good-humored measurements, so be ready to fill in any gaps and make the tread level.


At FinishBuild we consider that updating your landing can give your home a blossom sense, therefore thinking on harmony, matching the stairs to the room hold onto a more cohesive view. One of the advantages of Vinyl flooring products is its texture which makes slipping less probable. Regarding stairs, it is easy to install and clean. Remember that Vinyl flooring comes in planks, tiles and sheets, each of which require a different installation process. Installation is simple with tongues and groves systems as we have said before. For example, sheet vinyl comes in one large sheet that you can lay out and cut as needed. Nevertheless, Vinyl flooring products are preferred tiles for stairs because they are smaller and therefore simpler to setting up. On the other hand, sheet flooring may be ideal if you need to cover edges on your stairs.

A useful tip in order to get the most of your Vinyl flooring products is make stair treads measurement to go over the edge, instead of cutting tiles to cover the front of your stairs, just use the treads. Seems hard but with proper measuring, drawing and planning your vinyl flooring layout will comfort your stairs look.

Have you heard of peel and stick vinyl? Many vinyl products come with the adhesive already on the back. Peel and stick vinyl is preferred by many do-it-yourself enthusiasts as it is quick, clean and easy. With peel and stick and glue-down vinyl flooring options, it is highly recommended  to press the product to the ground and work out any air bubbles.

Careful planning

You probably measured and planned your vinyl flooring layout for other areas of your home, and you should most certainly do so with your stairs. You might even want to draw up to-scale designs to discover the best way to lay your vinyl tiles or planks. Without planning, you may end up with tile slivers oddly stuck at the edge of your stairs. However, by measuring and planning, you can place your tiles in a way that does not leave awkward pieces in your design project. Keep into account basic procedures such as, centering trades on your stairs before cutting more pieces for the rest of the stairs.


Finally, we might want to suggest you that shades can add light or shade your stairway areas, hardwood looks, for example, will opaque them significantly, therefore try to match them with clear colors on your nearby walls. On the other hand, clear looks on staircases will definitely make them glossy. Remember cleaning and wipe often making sure to wipe away any excess with a cloth.

“All rising to great place is by a winding stair.”
– Francis Bacon