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Old 04-10-2011, 01:48 PM   #1
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Hardwood flooring on stairs and landings

I am looking for a cost effective way to install hardwood flooring on my stairs and stair landings.

Home Depot sells the tred and riser (oak) for an ok price. However I am concerned about about the two landings i have to deal with.

Do you think a 3/4" sanded plywood with an oak face would do the trick for the landings?

What about using the 3/4" sanding plywood for the treads and then applying some facing on the plywood section that would be visible -likely this would chip off right?

There are two landings (the corner) measuring about 40x42

Any advice would be appreciated thanks

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Old 04-10-2011, 04:18 PM   #2
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Oak veneered plywood will not work--the veneer is to thin to stand sanding and foot traffic.

Use oak stair treads --an oak stair nosing on the landing and solid wood for the landings.

Your oak veneer plywood could be used for the risers---solid is better.

Price out the materials----It may not cost as much as you think to do it right.


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Old 04-10-2011, 05:32 PM   #3
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PSP, Mike is correct. Stairs and landings have much more traffic than a regular floor surface (you probably don't walk on the same place as often), so consider the wear and tear. Also, for safety sake, a solid items is better. There are a lot of nice woods out there and, considering you'll only be doing this one time, take the time to think about what you want and consider it as an investment in your home. It may also become a selling feature down the road. Bottom line ... thing quality ahead of price.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:27 PM   #4
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You can order unfinished oak flooring and one 6'6" unfinished stairnose. Install them with liquid nail, and then stain and finish to match the treads and risers.
I noticed in the pics that your nosing is still on the srairs. You will need to cut the nosing off. You can use a saw zaw to cut up to the walls.

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well after shopping around it looks like the best thing to do is mdf on risers - because I want them painted white anyways. Nosing pieces for every stair and pre-finished flooring for the steps and the landings. That way it will all match nicely. Home Depot sells pre-made stairs -one piece- but I want something that will last. They are plywood actually with an oak top.

I think Im on the right track!
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