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Old 08-30-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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My husband and have just finished doing our laminate floorsand they look great. Now we want to do the stairs. I have been reading about it and trying to find the right kind of nosing and it all seems very complicated to me. Do installers come in just to do the stairs? What pice should I be looking at if I have all the materials? I would rather pay for an exprienced floor person than a handy man so I can get a good professional job.

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I'd forget about using a laminet for stairs and go with solid wood treads instead.
Laminite has to float hows that going to happen if there's ballisters?

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I wouldn't worry about ballisters cuz that area will have carpeting. I dislike laminates and agree you should go with real wood instead.

Labor pricing is difficult and not a good idea to quote on the internet since we have no idea how long it's gonna take, we don't even know what materials will be needed. Go ahead and make a couple calls, get someone to quote you.

However If the person is a wood guy and legal etc, you should expect about $400-600 per day in your part of the world........I'm guessing.

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"How much will it cost?" Asking for price estimates here.
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jazman, i was just wondering, how did you know that area would have carpeting? i don't think its an issue of liking or disliking laminates.nicky seems to like um enough to want um on the stairs. It's just not a good place to use them.
Nicky, you want firm footing underneath on stairs. As joe sed laminate floors float, they aren't secured to anything but themselves. Laminates are made to imitate or of thin veneers of real wood. Why not get stairs of the wood your floor imitates or is made of? Even super expensive woods can be veneered over less expensive ones, with a real wood nosing then finished to match and be as durable as your floor. the treads could even be made of planks or veneer strips the same width as your floor.
We can't give even a loose estimate on costs, as sd sed, too many variables. And I think jazz's guess is for stair building rates. We're not building stairs here. You'll have to get estimates from 3 or more stair builders, yeah I know I said not building stairs, but they're the ones who know how to do the treads. Stair building is one of the specialist areas of carpentry, and they consider themselves to be elite, the stuck u...oh sorry...stairs are complicated things with rises and runs tread widths, riser height, nosing over hang all kinds a stuff. Stair builders do it all from rough framing to delicate trim on stairs, so they think they can frame better than the framer, trim better than trim carpenter and everybody in between, the dirty so...oh, sorry. But this job is not complicated, just duplicating existing treads in another material. It will require removing and replacing ballisters and such, but I don't think they'll charge you fuul stair building rates.
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I too might consider doing solid wood treads and risers. Honestly I almost think they could be done cheaper. The stair nosing moldings are always way over priced and they come in odd sizes. Therefore it is possible that you might literally need to but a 6 foot piece of nosing for each and every stair. You can get solid oak stair treads and stain them to match your laminate for roughly $20 each at Home Depot or Menards. I would guess those stair nosing molding to be about that much. Plus installation cost for solid vs laminate would probably be the same if not cheaper. I know that we would charge less for solid then for laminate on stairs because to me it's a lot easier to install.
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jazman, i was just wondering, how did you know that area would have carpeting? i don't think its an issue of liking or disliking laminates.nicky seems to like um enough to want um on the stairs. It's just not a good place to use them.
Nicky, you want firm footing underneath on stairs. As joe sed laminate floors float, they aren't secured to anything but themselves. Laminates are made to imitate or of thin veneers of real wood. Why not get stairs of the wood your floor imitates or is made of? Even super expensive woods can be veneered over less expensive ones, with a real wood nosing then finished to match and be as durable as your floor. the treads could even be made of planks or veneer strips the same width as your floor.
We can't give even a loose estimate on costs, as sd sed, too many variables. And I think jazz's guess is for stair building rates. We're not building stairs here. You'll have to get estimates from 3 or more stair builders, yeah I know I said not building stairs, but they're the ones who know how to do the treads. Stair building is one of the specialist areas of carpentry, and they consider themselves to be elite, the stuck u...oh sorry...stairs are complicated things with rises and runs tread widths, riser height, nosing over hang all kinds a stuff. Stair builders do it all from rough framing to delicate trim on stairs, so they think they can frame better than the framer, trim better than trim carpenter and everybody in between, the dirty so...oh, sorry. But this job is not complicated, just duplicating existing treads in another material. It will require removing and replacing ballisters and such, but I don't think they'll charge you fuul stair building rates.
You must be talking about stair builders in Texas, not in Tennessee, we are just plain ole boys who happen to build stairs. We aren't stuck up or anything like that, just because you can't build stairs sure isn't our fault.

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