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08:01AM | 04/23/01

Is it OK to put a product such a Pergo over wooden stairs? The stairs leading to my finished basement are painted and pretty beat up. The wood really cannot be refinished because it has knots etc.

Any help would be appreciated.


Mark Hammond

04:25PM | 05/13/01
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
It would be possible but I don't think that it will last too long, at least at any joints. There is much more movement on a set of stairs than on a flat floor and things can loosen up quicker.....

Jay J

04:40PM | 05/13/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi 789456,

I agree. With all the movement in basement steps, I wouldn't install anything like you're doing. And carpeting is kinda 'bad' too because it 'shortens' the width of the tread by almost 1". Usually, in older homes where a finished basement was an AFTER thought by a Homeowner, they didn't make the treads as wide as the stairs in the main home. Most basement stairs in this case have 'open risers'. (The finished stairs in the main part(s) of the house have installed risers.) IF you're gonna 'finish off' the stairs, you DO want to install a riser. This, along w/carpeting and the like, end up shortening the tread (as I mentioned earlier) because this 'process' is an AFTER thought. In more contemporary homes, basement stairs are either 'roughed out' which includes risers, or they don't include risers BUT they can be installed w/o losing any tread room.

I'm sorry if I'm confusing you. I can't think of an easy way to say it. I have an unfinished basement, and on my treads, I've stapled down non-skid pads. Home Depot sells them for $2.50 each. I've been using them for 7+ years and not one has been replaced or worn yet. The stairs are MUCH safer then when we bought the home. (The risers are open and I don't plan to install any for any reason.)

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

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