Reasons Why You Should Use Laminate Flooring On Stairs


Between your rambunctious kids and unruly pets, your home's stairs take quite a beating. If your stairs are looking worse for the wear and you are looking for an upgrade rather than a makeover, laminate products are a great option. Here are a few of the many reasons why you should choose laminate products for your stairs.

Laminate Stairs Are Cost-Effective

According to Diffen, the average homeowner can expect to spend anywhere from $3 to $11 per square foot for the cost of materials and installation. Hardwood flooring costs anywhere from $8 to $15 per square foot, which includes the cost of installation. Purchasing and installing the highest-quality laminate products is comparable to having a professional install a lower-quality hardwood.

Laminate Stairs Are Easy to Clean

Keeping the stairs clean is difficult, and you want a product that is easy to wipe down and walk away. It is a hassle eliminate dust and dirt with a clunky carpet, and hardwoods are easily scratched if you use the wrong cleaning products. Here are a few easy steps to help you clean and maintain your laminate stairs:

  • Sweep any dirt and debris down the stairs with a dust mop
  • Remove stains with a mop soaked in plain water or a product manufactured for use on laminate flooring
  • Eliminate tough stains with a laminate floor cleaner or a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda and a soft sponge or microfiber cloth

Clean up any spills or standing water immediately to avoid staining and warping.

Laminate Stairs Are Easy to Install

Whether you choose to tackle the job of installing new stair risers yourself or decide to hire a professional to take on this chore, installing laminate will take far less time than installing hardwoods. Laminate risers are easily installed on any type of subfloor, including concrete, an existing hardwood riser, and old vinyl or laminate risers as well.

If you have concrete stairs, you will need to hire a professional to level the concrete, install a vapor barrier, and install the hardwoods. Laminate can be easily attached to concrete without the expense of repairing or replacing the concrete risers.

Laminate Stairs Will Work with Any Home's Decor

Laminate is available in a wide variety of colors and styles, including products that are manufactured to mimic the look of real wood. Hardwoods can be stained to work with almost any type of decor, but this process is lengthy and expensive. Even the most high-end laminate is less costly than custom-stained hardwood planks.

Laminate Stairs Are Durable  

High-quality, sealed hardwood flooring and stairs are difficult to scratch, but when you do, it can be very expensive to have the product sanded, resealed, and, if there are enough scratches or damage, restained. Laminate is manufactured from four separate layers: the base layer, core layer, design layer, and wear layer.

The four layers are fused together under tremendous pressure and heat, which makes it virtually impossible to separate them. The wear layer, or upper layer, is made from aluminum oxide, which protects the other layers underneath from moisture damage, staining, and scratches.

Laminate Stairs Are Better for Your Health

The dirt, dust, and pet hair that accumulates on stairs are not only unsightly, but they can also make your family sick. When not properly maintained, damaged, or exposed to moisture, the finish on hardwood products will deteriorate, leaving the wood underneath vulnerable to bacteria and mold growth. Carpeting will also trap the allergens, mold, and bacteria that make your family sick.

The durability, style options, ease of maintenance, and lower installation costs makes choosing laminate products for your stairs and throughout your home is a wise investment. For more information, get in touch with a company such as Brothers  Floor Covering.


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