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Old 02-23-2011, 01:54 PM   #1
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We have used engineered hardwood for our flooring and now are ready to replace the carpeting on the stairs with the same product. The supplier recommended that we use melamine boards for the risers due to the lower cost and their easy maintenance. We were thinking of white riser color since the stair railing will also be white. Does anyone have feedback regarding the use of melamine for the risers.

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You shouldn't have any problems with it, the only draw back I can think of it chips real easy when cutting it. If you have to rip it try using a negative hook blade, it helps some. They do make a blade just for melmine but they are kinda pricey. The only other thing I can think of is make sure you get one sided melmine so you will have a surface that will take glue.

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Malamine is an option, by I prefer to use a product called Azek, or similar, it is a pure white vinyl board, designed for exterior work. it is easy to cut, clean, will not be an issue if it gets wet like melamine.
A little price but well worth the $$$.
Any lumber yard should carry it, even big box.
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I don't think melamine will hold up to all the kicking a riser gets. A good grade of plywood or mdf would be my choice
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poplar or primelock is my choice.
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I agree with the choices suggested here, I too would choose other than Melmine as the others will hold up better. I figured the OP had made up his mind to go with Melmine, man I hate gettin old.

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