The Challenge Is – Installing Laminate Flooring On Stairs!

In this case study we will highlight the skills and craftsmanship needed for installing laminate flooring on stairs and throughout the house. The project included laying laminate flooring upstairs and downstairs in the house. However the real technical skills come into play when installing laminate flooring on stairs.

Back in January 2015 Mr & Mrs B form Golborne asked us to do a full kitchen refurbishment. This involved changing the units and replacing an old worktop. This job was undertaken successfully and completed to a very high standard, much to the approval of Mr and Mrs B. They came back to us a couple of weeks ago after appreciating our wide skill sets, professionalism and levels of craftsmanship. They had a new project for us….

Actually they wanted laminate flooring installing throughout the house, both upstairs and downstairs. A pretty big job! Within their remit they even asked us to laminate the stairs. Now, we all know this isn’t an easy job. But at Real Room Designs we accepted the challenge as if ‘it was just another day at the office’ as they say.

We started the job by removing all the existing laminate flooring and skirting boards. We achieved this with minimal mess or disruption. We had a skip delivered on site to make disposal of waste easy and efficient. It was soon time to get the underlay down for the laminate flooring to sit on. We evenly laid all of the underlay, making sure it was level and with no gaps as this would make the floor feel spongy in some areas. We started laying the Bandura Bologna oak effect laminate upstairs throughout the bedrooms and onto the landing area.  We carefully cut the laminate to fit round the door casings and also around the newel posts for the stairs.

Next we moved downstairs where they wanted the hall, downstairs cloakroom, living room and also the conservatory laying with the same laminate flooring. The downstairs was a little more difficult as we had a toilet to cut round in the cloakroom and also a number of pipes and radiators to accommodate. After successfully laying the floors we replaced all the skirting boards with new 5 inch Taurus skirting board, where we also had to box in around the pipes.

Laminating The Stairs

The final task was to laminate the stairs, this was completed by measuring each step and cutting the laminate to size and fitting a bullnose to each one to hold the laminate flooring in place. This was then finished with colour match grip strips to stop slipping on the stairs.

So the job of installing laminate flooring was completed to the satisfaction of our clients. We were able to show that no matter how tricky it was installing laminate flooring on stairs, the Real Room Designs ‘boys’ proved more than up to the challenge.