Laminate flooring on stairs?
Shari on Mar 15, 2015I have laminate and it's super slick, especially if wearing shoes without a rubber sole. After my laminate was first installed, I slipped and nearly fell several times so now I only go barefooted or wear shoes with rubber soles in the house. I would never, ever put my laminate on stairs (if I had stairs) because it would be a disaster waiting to happen. Laminate is also difficult (slippery) for pets to walk on, especially big dogs so you may want to take that into consideration if you have pets that will be going up and down the stairs. We had German Shepherds and toward the end of their lives, when they became less agile, I had to put throw rugs down in all the pathways just so they could get enough traction to move from room to room. Frankly, other than the fact it's pretty, I really hate every other thing about my laminate. It was a big, expensive mistake and I cannot wait until our budget allows us to replace it. With that being said, I thought Coretec was a luxury vinyl product. ???Helpful Reply
BBB on Mar 16, 2015In some counties it's against building codes, so check that out first. Laminate can be slippery, after all its just plastic but if you are determined to do this have you considered that sand paper stick on product for slippery stairs? Maybe something like that on the laminate or some type of runner?Helpful Reply
Debbie Gartner on Jan 18, 2017First, Coretec Plus is a luxury vinyl, not a laminate.I suppose you COULD install Coretec on some steps, but I certainly would NOT recommend it. Coretec, like laminate, is a floating floor, so it's generally not the safest on steps. Wood is clearly a much better option - nicer, safer, lasts longer and gives you more flexibility in the future if you want to add a runner and/or need to replace the floor/want to change the color, etc.Generally if you used a floating floor on steps, you would glue it. It's still not completely safe and would NOT work if your steps are uneven/unlevel. On top of that coretec plus has a cork backing, so it will not adhere very well to the treads and certainly not on the risers. And, if your steps have any curves (e.g. on the bottom step), it won't work.All that aside, I love the Coretec Product, and I wrote a product review here: http://theflooringgirl.com/blog/review-coretec-plus-luxury-vinyl-waterproof-hardwood-planks.htmlIt has info on what the product is, advantages, disadvantages and color lines. I hope it's helpful.Helpful Reply
Patti on Jan 24, 2017I just redid my basement and stairs with vinyl plank flooring and it looks great and wears well. I bought it a Home Depot - Allure brand in Country Pine. The stairs butt up to red oak wood floors and it is a great match - not perfect but they flow together very well. I special ordered the stair nosing that matches the flooring and it looks great and stops any slipping problems. It really looks like wood flooring until you touch it. I'm very pleased with the results as well.Helpful Reply
Patti on Jan 24, 2017Great minds think alike Barb. Even the installers were hesitant about the stair installation but I did it anyway ! They learned something new!PattiHelpful Reply
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