You have a beautiful laminate floor and are wondering if you should finish the laminate concrete stairs to give the space a coherent and design look. First of all, is it possible? Can you cover the concrete with the laminate? The answer is yes. In fact, if you’ve ever covered wooden stairs, the process is similar, except that the installation of the nose is a little more complicated.
What you will need
To accomplish this task you will need:
- PL200 or stronger construction glue
- Saw for cutting laminate
- Miter saw for cutting metal profiles
- drill with a concrete tip
- electric screwdriver
- plastic caps
I recommend using metal noses because they are stronger and will hold better on concrete stairs. (The laminated noses that appear in a kit are also more complicated as the tracks must be exactly in the right place and there is not much standardization – each manufacturer produces a slightly different size / style of the laminated nose).
What to do
Start by sweeping the stairs and cleaning up chips or dust. You will need a clean surface for the glue to adhere properly to the concrete and laminate. Once the area is clean, start with the risers first.
Measure, mark and cut each laminate board to fit the post with the side of the groove facing down. Glue the riser and the back of the table and secure the table again in place, making sure that the groove is on the bottom of the riser. Once all the risers are glued, you are ready to start the noses.
Start by measuring and cutting the metal ledges to fit them. Mark on the concrete where the screws will go, then using a drill with a concrete tip, drill the holes. Place a plastic cap in each hole. Number the nosings to match each one to the correct tread when screwing on later.
Measure, mark and cut each laminate board to adapt it to the tread with the side of the groove facing inwards to meet the bottom of the upright. Arrange the axles so that the groove on the riser meets the groove on the tread for a clean and professional edge in the corner. Glue the tread and the back of the board and secure the board in place, making sure the groove is facing inward.
The ledges of the stairs are intended to complete the appearance by plugging the lip of the staircase. Unfortunately, with concrete stairs this can be a bit complicated since the lip on the stairs is often thicker than the nose of the stairs. In this case, cut a laminate board so that it is wide enough to cover the concrete lip and glue it on the face of the lip of each tread. Then fix the nose on top, screwing it through the laminated tread into the pre-drilled holes in the concrete. (If you’ve already covered the lip with the laminate, you can glue the nose onto the laminate for greater adhesion, then screw the top of the nose into place.)