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Old 07-12-2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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I currently have carpet on my stairs leading to the bonus room (about 7 stairs). The flooring downstairs is tile so I'd like to tile the stairs. I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this. Also, I have extra tile from my floors and thought I would break them and create a mosaic look on the tread part of the stairs, then leave the clean-cut tile on the riser. Any opinions on this?
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:22 PM   #2
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Yes, do not tile them.
Use laminited real wood treads instead.

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I think tiled stairs (porcelain ) are a big fall hazard. A textured or unfired tile less so.
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I've done two staircases, both with a rough porcelain.

The stringers were attached to studded walls on both sides. The stairs were 3' wide. There were 2x8 risers and 2x10 treads which I attached with adhesive & screws, then densshield mortared on top of that and screwed or nailed on.

I had densshield going down the stringer as well and I used 12x12 tiles. I used a lot of caulk on the changes in plane and was only able grout the middle joints.

Very solid and no complaints or regrets.
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Yes, do not tile them.
Use laminited real wood treads instead.
Thanks for your comment. My only concern is that I have tile throughout my downstairs (no wood flooring anywhere). I think the wood stairs would look out of place. What if I used slate or a textured tile (nothing slick)?
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I've done two staircases, both with a rough porcelain.

The stringers were attached to studded walls on both sides. The stairs were 3' wide. There were 2x8 risers and 2x10 treads which I attached with adhesive & screws, then densshield mortared on top of that and screwed or nailed on.

I had densshield going down the stringer as well and I used 12x12 tiles. I used a lot of caulk on the changes in plane and was only able grout the middle joints.

Very solid and no complaints or regrets.
Thanks for your comment. My stairs are between walls except for the bottom 3 stairs. What kind of nose did you put on the edge of each stair?
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I just used the factory edge. It was through and through porcelain, so it looked fine.

If this doesn't work for you, you could try a schlueter profile. I think "Treppe" would be the way to go.

I forgot to mention, I stair-stepped the tile down the stringer, as opposed to cutting a line.

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