While decorating your home, we always opt for the well followed flooring trends in the hope of adding elegance. If you are looking to add something really extravagant in your home, then opt for bamboo flooring. Bamboo flooring is a really graceful flooring option for your house and staircases, which is easy to install as well as maintain. Bamboo flooring is the most affordable and eco-friendly type of flooring which is popularly chosen for stairs and the overall flooring area of contemporary dwellings. It is a relatively easy to clean flooring option for stairs. Trust me, it will definitely add up to the beauty of your dwelling. It is also the reason why many homeowners are replacing their existing carpeted stairs with this utterly oriental flooring option.
If you have made up your mind for bamboo stairs, then the next question on your mind would be how to install it! Well, let me tell you that installing bamboo flooring on staircases needs pretty good knowledge about carpentry, construction and interior designing. Hence, if you are not pretty sure about the job, it is always better to hire an efficient team of professionals. However, you can always refer to the following section of the article for understanding the installation procedure for bamboo flooring.
Installing Bamboo Flooring on Stairs
There are two basic ways of installing flooring on stairs. One is by using prefabricated bamboo stair treads and bamboo stair risers, while the other one is by using bamboo stair nose and flooring boards. Although installing bamboo flooring is a safe thing to do, one cannot deny the initial care you require during the process of installation. You need to take care while nailing the boards. You may also need to protect the installed flooring from scratches until you are done with the entire installation process. Now, before moving ahead with the process of installation, you need to estimate about the required material and time for bamboo flooring. It is always better to have all the required material ready with your, beforehand.
Now that you have taken the DIY approach to bamboo flooring installation, you first need to take measurements to purchase material. For that, you may need a tape measure so that you can measure width and depth of each step. Once done with it, multiply the measured width into length which will give you the measures of ‘square footage’ of the stair tops. Then is the time to measure rise of each step. Once done, multiply the number with the width to get ‘square footage’ of the risers. Lastly, multiply square footage of the tops and risers to get the accurate square footage of the entire staircase. Now add 10% to the final sum as waste factor.
Before moving ahead with the instructions, you need to gather all the required material for bamboo flooring installation. These materials include: pry bar, a hammer, sandpaper, vacuum machine or broom, various types of saw like reciprocating saw, circular saw, bamboo flooring boards with matching bamboo nosing, (stair nosing: it is the horizontally hanging material, which is present outside the vertical stair risers) pneumatic nailer and flooring nails. As I mentioned above, in order to protect the installed bamboo flooring from scratches, you need to cover the finished steps with cardboard or newspapers.
Now that you are prepared with measurements and all the required materials, go through the following instructions for installing bamboo flooring on stairs. If you find them confusing, then it is always advised that one should contact the professionals.
- If there was carpet on the stairs, then you may need to remove the carpet as well as pry away the tack strips so that you can get a level surface. You also need to remove excess staples, if any. In order to prepare the surface for installing the flooring, sand it down with sandpaper, so that all the bits and high spots on the steps are cleared. Lastly, vacuum or broom the stairs for a clean and smooth surface.
- Cut away the existing stair nosing, with the help of reciprocating saw. Removal of stair nosing should create a right angle (90 degree) between riser and tread. Make sure that there is no overhanging left. Once you have removed the stair nosing, then is the time to install the risers.
- Risers are the pieces of bamboo flooring that you will be installing vertically and alongside the face of your staircase. For that, you need to start from the first bottom step of the staircase and work your way up. Cut the flooring pieces in the exact size required, with help of the circular saw. Place it on the step and secure with nails and pneumatic nailer. Keep at least 6 inches of distance between 2 nails.
- Now is the time to install the bamboo stair nosing. To do that, understand that the nosing should overhang at least 1 inch away from the steps. Keeping that in mind, cut desired size pieces of bamboo nosing and install them carefully on the prepared steps. Nail the nosing with the help of nails and pneumatic nailer. Repeat the same procedure with the rest of the steps.
Once you are done with installing all the risers and nosing, you may like to install stair stringer along the base of the steps. This will definitely accentuate the look of your newly installed bamboo staircase flooring. As I am saying it repeatedly, if you are not too confident about the DIY way, then do hire qualified professionals! All the best!