Vinyl plank flooring stairway in a Maple Ridge, BC home

Can vinyl plank flooring be used on stairs?

Luxury vinyl flooring can be used in a variety of rooms and for a variety of applications. One common question we are asked is: can you put vinyl plank flooring on stairs?

Using vinyl plank flooring on stairs is becoming more popular as more homeowners realize the benefits. It is easy to place, stunning to view, and offers excellent durability and lifespan, so you will want to read along with today's post to find out more about the process. When you're ready, if you are considering vinyl flooring on stairs, give Diverse Flooring a call to browse our wide selection of LVP in Maple Ridge, BC.  

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Can you put vinyl flooring on stairs?

Luxury vinyl plank is one of the most accessible materials to install on your stairs and is also highly affordable, so your budget goes much further. Since it can take a good deal of material to cover some staircases, this is a significant benefit of vinyl plank stairs that you will enjoy as you move forward with your remodel.

With the extensive design options in this product line, you will find the textures and patterns an attractive option for any decor scheme. You will see the specific benefit of the wood and stone looks as well, along with their various colors. One of the best benefits of choosing vinyl plank stairs is the durability that comes naturally to these products. A top wear layer offers excellent stain, scratch, and scuff resistance. At the same time, unique core materials can also create a completely waterproof surface, which is perfect for households with children or pets.

How to install LVP on stairs

Installing Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) on stairs can elevate the aesthetic of your home while providing durability and ease of maintenance. Here are a few steps on how to install LVP on stairs:

  1. Prepare the stairs: Start by removing any existing flooring material from the stairs, ensuring the surface is clean and free of debris. If there are any protruding nails or staples, use a hammer or pliers to remove them and ensure a smooth surface.
  2. Measure and Cut the LVP: Measure the width and depth of each stair tread accurately. Take into account any overhang or nosing on the edge of the tread. Use these measurements to cut the LVP planks to the appropriate size. It's crucial to ensure each piece fits snugly on the stair tread without any gaps.
  3. Install the Treads: Start at the bottom of the stairs and work your way up. Begin by applying a thin layer of construction adhesive to the stair tread using a caulking gun. Carefully place the cut LVP plank onto the tread, pressing it firmly into the adhesive. Ensure it is aligned properly and flush with the edge of the stair tread. Repeat this process for each stair tread, applying adhesive and installing the LVP planks until you reach the top of the stairs.
  4. Cut and Install the Risers: Measure the height and width of each stair riser accurately. Cut the LVP planks to fit the dimensions of the risers. Apply construction adhesive to the back of each LVP plank and press it firmly onto the stair riser, ensuring it is flush with the tread above.
  5. Secure the LVP: Once all the planks are in place, use a rubber mallet or hammer and tapping block to ensure a secure fit and eliminate any gaps between the planks. Check each plank to ensure it is firmly adhered to the stairs and there are no loose pieces.
  6. Finish the Edges: If there are any exposed edges or gaps between the LVP and the walls, install stair nosing or trim to provide a finished look and added safety. Use a suitable adhesive or fasteners to secure the trim in place, ensuring it is flush with the LVP and the edge of the stairs.
  7. Allow for Proper Curing Time: Allow the adhesive to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions before walking on the stairs or placing any heavy objects on them.
  8. Regular Maintenance: Once installed, maintain the LVP stairs by regularly sweeping or vacuuming to remove dirt and debris. Clean up spills promptly to prevent staining, and avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that could damage the surface.
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We offer LVT and LVP in Maple Ridge, BC for all your flooring needs

Diverse Flooring is a flooring store in Maple Ridge, BC, that caters to your floor covering requirements, whatever they might be, and however large or small. Our associates understand the importance of every aspect of your need and preference, and we work hard to meet them.

If you are a resident of the Tri-Cities area (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody), we invite you to visit us at our showroom in Maple Ridge, BC. There, we can make sure you get the LVP you need to make all your flooring dreams a reality.

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