Allure vinyl planks on stairs?

mlraff53July 8, 2008

We had some water damage upstairs (toilet) and had pull up the carpet in bath and hallway. We are replacing it with Allure vinyl planks. I'm also going to pull the carpet on the stairs. I peeked underneath and it's not one solid tread (it's two pieces). Two planks on each tread.

So my idea of refinishing them is not going to happen.

Could I put the vinyl on the stairs? Has anybody done this? I assume I would need some type of trim at the edge of the tread right? Any ideas?

Any ideas other than the vinyl. A thin piece of wood to cover existing tread? Veneer?

I have to do this with as little money as possible.

So new treads is not going to work.

Thanks for any help!!

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I have the exact same question, so am hoping someone will answer.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 4:23PM
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I would not use vinyl planks on stairs. The trim at the edge would be soooooo easy for people to trip on. If you can't go to a solid tread, I would opt for recarpeting the stairs and move on.

At least with carpet, if someone trips or slips, they have a softer landing.

my two cents! good luck with your project :)

    Bookmark   August 28, 2008 at 1:24AM
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Thanks for your opinion, sippimom. You agree with my husband, who thinks carpet is the only answer. My question is, would it look kind of funny if only the stairs have carpet? Has anyone ever done this? Thanks for any input!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2008 at 11:09AM
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I think you could paint them, at least for a short term solution. If you went with the allure you would probably have to use a metal nose piece which could be very busy. I think you could use a wood filler for the gap between the planks and painting it with a dark paint would do a lot to make it less obvious that it is actually two planks.

Here is a link that might be useful: My painted stairs

    Bookmark   August 28, 2008 at 11:22AM
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Daisyadair, your stairs are LOVELY! Great job and kudos to you and your hubby for a job well done!! Looks like you had folks from "This Old House" in to do the work! ;)

Being one who likes these DIY projects, maybe it wouldn't be that hard to replace those 2 piece treads with inexpensive pine treads, which could then be painted. It might even be less expensive than carpeting. Remember, the cost of carpeting is directly tied to the cost of oil because its a petroleum product. So you get what you pay for. And cheap carpeting on stairs won't last long at all.

Painted stairs would still be safer than trying to use vinyl with metal edges.

Again, good luck!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2008 at 9:51PM
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I'm wanting to use the allure on my steps as well, I'm just wondering if you did it and how it worked out?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 5:22PM
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