04:15PM | 07/26/03
Member Since: 07/25/03
2 lifetime posts
We have 5 stairs from the first floor, then an entryway to the second floor, then the flight of stairs to the second floor. As of now the stairs and risers are carpeted, and the bottom and top platforms have vinyl. We want to lay tile where the vinyl is. How do we handle the edge of the top step onto the platform? Do we glue down the carpet, and then lay the tile on top of it, right to the egde of the platform? We don't have the money to remove the carpet.
I hope the way I worded this question is not as confused as I feel right now!


06:58PM | 07/26/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
you need a stairnose,what type will depend on the tile you choose,i think you should stop by your local home depot and look at the kinds of transitions they have,see if you can find one that makes sense to you,make sure you look at the schluter bars.....good luck


07:00PM | 07/26/03
Member Since: 07/24/03
80 lifetime posts

There are several ways you could handle the edge of the tile. One suggestion I would make is go into one of the box stores where they have kitchen displays. Notice the different ways they finish the edge of countertops where they have tiled the countertops.

Lowe's I know offers a oak trim piece in the flooring section that is designed for finishing off counter tops but could easily finish of the edge of your landing as well.

You could also go down in the stair parts section of these stores and get a piece of 3/4 inch oak nosing and butt you tile up to it. With the thickness of the hardibacker or concrete board, thinset and tile you will be close to the same thickness of the 3/4 inch nosing.

Very often in the ceramic tile section of the store they have bullnose tile that are can also work. Also consider the tiles designed for chair railings as these can work well too.


10:40PM | 07/26/03
Member Since: 07/25/03
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Thanks to CARPETMAN, and AWoodFloorSpecialist
for their response to my question, and for the great tips...I follow your suggestions, and let all know how I make out.


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