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ljohnson

10:27AM | 11/13/05
Member Since: 11/12/05
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I'm going to attempt to install a hardwood floor in a newly constructed first-floor room. There is one step going down into this room. How do I floor it? I'd like it to match the hardwood I'm installing.

lj

flooringworldDOTorg

08:42PM | 11/13/05
Member Since: 10/28/05
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what do you mean "how do i floor it?" ???

can you be more specific ?

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ljohnson

12:31PM | 11/14/05
Member Since: 11/12/05
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I would like to know how I would "floor" the step? Since it's going down into the room that I'm putting hardwood in, I'd like it to match that wood. Are there pre-made treads that I can get to cover the whole top of the step? Also, do you back the step or just use the dry wall that is already there?

lj

flooringworldDOTorg

06:24PM | 11/14/05
Member Since: 10/28/05
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oh i see.

Depends on the looks you want.

There is no industry standard for aesthetics.

You can buy complete treads in one piece, or use tread round-nose to work with your flooring product for stair applications.

I would discuss this with the people you are buying the wood product from. They are bound to have the proper matching products for stairs same or similar as your pre-finished flooring. After you decide on the product , then you can make a decission on the type of tread systems they have that will match, seeing matching the flooring seems to be your main criteria here.

as to the risers (backs), that is a personal preference as well. Many people leave them open for the contrast bwtween them and the hardwood, while others clad them with wood.

depends what look you want.

I wont comment on what i think will look them best because i havent seen your home and opinions vary greatly.

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ljohnson

12:35PM | 11/15/05
Member Since: 11/12/05
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Hello again,

You've been so helpful I decided to ask one more question if I could. The room has a patio door that is parallel to the flooring. I understand that there needs to be a small gap along the sides to allow for movement, but what do you do where the flooring meets the threshold? Should I just butt that starting piece right up to the threshold and cut the board along the wall to a quarter inch of the wall on both sides of the threshold? Sorry, I'm not sure this makes sense.

lj

flooringworldDOTorg

11:35AM | 11/17/05
Member Since: 10/28/05
312 lifetime posts
well ideally, yes you should have expansion space there, and if there is room trim to cover the expansion gap, then indeed, create the expansion gap, but that isnt realistic on all jobs at all locations.

If you dont have the height you can take the chance and butt it.

YOu could always leave a gap and caulk it with a similar colored caulk.

you may again want to discuss this with the people you are buying the products from as they may have a more specialized solution or trim to fit this purpose before acting.

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