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Old 11-18-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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Putting wood flooring on steps


What’s the procedure for laying wood on steps? The only thing I know to date, as told to me by a contractor, is to take the tile from our foyer ‘over’ the edge of the first step, creating an overlap, and then work with the wood from thereon downwards to the main floor. On the vertical sections, does the wood slot in right down to the concrete, with the horizontal edge laid against the vertical, or is it the other way round? Also, I don’t have really hard straight edges on these steps (it used to be carpeted), and I’m a little doubtful how well the edge strips can bond to them. Should I get a little hydraulic cement, build up a temporary wood mold around each step, and give them a nice square edge?

Another question regarding transitioning from tile to wood – what is the most effective way of placing wood flooring against tile – should it be placed hard up against it for a nice clean line between the two, or is a grout line between them more applicable or standard? My only concern about going up hard against the tile with the wood is that there might be a slight variation in height – the grout gap would mask such an anomaly. Laid flat on a table both items are exactly the same thickness, but I’m concerned that the glue for the wood flooring won’t quite set it as high as tile cement normally does with tile.


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This is the wood flooring we'll be lining up against the tile
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I think you'll do better to run the tile on the steps than try to use laminate wood. Trimming it out would seem problematic.
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You're right, because I've been wondering about the trim side of thinks myself. I just wasn't sure if it was the 'done thing' to go tile all the way down under the circumstances, or if there was some kind of hard and fast rule everyone was supposed to play with when transitioning from one material to another down steps.

By the way, the flooring is solid wood, not laminate.
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"...solid wood, not laminate."

I meant a "click together" type that was laminated (think plywood), not necessarily finished with a Formica-type wear layer.
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