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Cladding A Staircase With Engineered Wood Flooring


Wooden staircases are an extremely popular and stylish option at this moment in time.  With more and more people choosing wooden flooring for the main rooms in their home, these same people often look to extend this interior styling to their staircases.

If you’re building a brand new home from scratch, you may well have opted for a solid or an engineered wooden staircase to be installed and have allowed for this in the design and planning.  That said, if you live in an older property, your only option, if you want a solid or engineered wooden staircase may well be to clad your current staircase.

Cladding is the term used to describe the process whereby an existing structure is covered with a new material to create a whole new look without changing the original form or construction.  Often used to describe the process of applying a new “covering” to a roof or walls, it is a term also used in flooring.  In this case, it involves the application of engineered wood flooring to an existing or original staircase to give it a whole new look.

If you choose to clad your staircase with engineered board, the end result will look exactly the same as if you select solid wood board, but with one exception.  Because engineered boards can’t be manipulated in the same way as solid wood to create the edge, or “nose” of each step, you’ll need to install an engineered wood “nose” on each step.

A nose is essentially fitted at the front of each step to create a neat join between the tread and the riser creating a pleasing and stable finish.  In order to make way for your new engineered wood floor nosing, the existing nosing on your original staircase will need to be removed.  The removal of the existing nosing will enable the neat and stable fitting of your engineered wood nosing.

One important thing to remember if you’re planning to clad your staircase with engineered boards is that the boards need to be glued to your original staircase.  Although there are several ways of fitting engineered boards in other rooms (including nailing, floating and stapling for example), for stairs, it is essential that you glue your boards to the existing stairs to achieve the rigidity and stability required.  Only by doing so can you be sure that your new stairs will stand the test of time and more importantly be safe.

11 thoughts on “Cladding A Staircase With Engineered Wood Flooring”

  • M Andrews

    is it possible to get stair nosings to match the floor finish, if so what cost please. Approx 1m wide.
    Many thanks
    M Andrews.

    • Ryan


      It is possible. We can supply unfinished were you can finish on site or we can match it off site. You'll need to ring us for more information. Thank you.

  • Fiona

    I've been considering this for some time now, although I'd be cladding the stairs simply to paint over :) It looks so modern and can transform any home.

  • Pen

    Our bottom step is open one side and the corner is curved how do you get around this ?

    • tony fox

      Use 3mm plywood for the riser, it bends easily. You May need to use temporary nails after gluing to hold it in place but the holes can be filled. Then simply make a template for the tread and use to cut the wood to shape.

  • Kay

    I want carpet on stairs only and wood flooring on landing can you do this and can you recommend the right type of nosing. Thank you

  • Kathy Carroll

    We've just had engineering wood put on our stairs. We would like this stained a lighter colour along with the nosings to match my solid oak flooring in hallway. Is this possible? if so, could you recommend anyone?
    thank you

    • Jonathan Sapir

      Hi, you can try using Osmo White Oil to give some white shade. In any case please try on small sample first. Otherwise there some other white Oil options you can also try.

  • Matt

    We have painted stairs that we would like to clad, do we need to remove the paint prior to glueing?

    • Jonathan Sapir
      Jonathan Sapir August 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      It depends which glue you will use. Most of the high quality adhesives can bond to almost any paint.

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