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72cheveelman 03-09-2008 04:58 PM

laminating cement stairs
I am remodeling my dineing room it was a garage it has three steps going down into it i am laminating the floor and need to know how to do the steps in order to make it look good and last:confused1:

mike costello 03-09-2008 10:04 PM

Oh boy.

It certainly can be done. Its just that if Im gonna go through the work I would do real wood.
Alot depends on the stairs themselves too. What kind of shape are the in? Are they level?

Three concrete steps isnt that bad to demo and build a nice wood set either.

That being said, the laminate can be fitted by using some rosin paper to make a pattern of the step so you can cut it nice and tight.

Use a healthy dose of a decent urethane adhesive to stick it on.

Warning, dont come flyin down them in a pair of socks....owch

Darylh 03-09-2008 10:05 PM

One way would be to glue down the laminate on the treads and risers keeping a nice tight fit where the riser meets the tread and then put a wood L bead and try to match the finish on the laminate or do a contrast look. This bead is also glued to the laminate. I would use a good constrution glue for the laminate to concrete and polyurethane glue for the L bead. Rough up the edges on the laminate where the L bead is going to sit so the glue has a good bond.

72cheveelman 03-10-2008 05:06 PM

i need to know what to use on the front edges of the wood .do they have trim for this or do i have to make something.

Darylh 03-10-2008 10:14 PM


Originally Posted by 72cheveelman (Post 106304)
i need to know what to use on the front edges of the wood .do they have trim for this or do i have to make something.

I would check with your local finishing store. They usually have a ton of stuff to look at.

mike costello 03-11-2008 05:26 AM

I would not use construction adhesive under laminate.
It has a chemical bond that can wick through and show on the surface

mike costello 03-11-2008 05:27 AM

depending on your brand of laminate, yes they make a stair nosing

so-elitecrete 03-11-2008 10:41 AM

why not just resurface,,,
'em & make them presentable by acid-staining or a colorful overlay which'd resemble stone ? ? ?

72cheveelman 03-11-2008 04:56 PM

thanks for all the help

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