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mrlang02 05-09-2012 11:22 AM

Metal Stair Nosing Over Laminate?
Hi all,

I have just installed TrafficMaster Laminate flooring in my kitchen. Now I have to finish the stair nosing.

Home Depot said they do not carry the laminate stair nosing, and that they have to special order it-seems weird, but that's what they said, and I couldn't find it anywhere in the store. It seems like all the laminate-specific trim is fairly expensive, and so I was wondering if it is ok to finish the top stair nose with the cheap metal kind that you can get for like 6 bucks. The kind that just looks like an "L" that you nail down.

I don't care about the look, it will be hidden under the door to the basement anyway.

I was just thinking it might be bad to 1) nail into it, since it is a floating floor and 2) the metal might scratch the floor. To avoid nailing directly into the laminate, I was thinking of placing a piece of plywood under the nosing to support it, and just have the lip of the nosing overlap the laminate.

Any thoughts?


Thadius856 05-09-2012 07:03 PM

I'd just special order the stuff. Usually if you're patient enough to wait for it to come in, they don't charge the shipping to the store. Seems silly to me to spend the time and money on the laminate to cut a few bucks off on the moulding.

joecaption 05-09-2012 07:29 PM

And what your going to get is a L shaped piece of what looks like ground up cardboard with peel and stick shelving paper over it that's going to be a trip hazzard.

joecaption 05-09-2012 07:47 PM

Nailing a floating floor, or attaching a tight fitting strip to it will cause the pieces to pull apart.

Thadius856 05-09-2012 07:48 PM

She said the door goes to the basement. This is most likely on the first floor. She did not indicate that the stairs were done with this laminate, either.

RhodesHardwood 05-10-2012 04:24 PM

I agree. i would get an actual stair nosing. You will be glad you did and the cost is relatively cheap. You can likely find them online.

mrlang02 05-21-2012 05:02 PM

ok thanks for the advice guys!

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