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How to Install Bamboo Flooring on Stairs

Those who love the look of hardwood flooring but are concerned about the environmental impact of this material should look into installing bamboo floors instead. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource, which means it has a very short regrowth period. This is especially relevant when one considers that most hardwood floors are made from trees that may take decades to regrow. Bamboo floors are relatively simple to install, and many homeowners even use this product to update the look of their staircases.

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  1. Prepare your stairs for bamboo flooring installation. Pry away tack strips using a hammer or pry bar. Sand down any high spots or bits of drywall on the steps, then remove any excess staples or nails that are sticking out. Finish your preparation by sweeping or vacuuming the stairs as thoroughly as possible.

  2. Remove the existing stair nosings. This is the material that hangs out horizontally beyond the vertical stair riser. To remove the nosings, cut them away using a reciprocating saw or a circular saw. When you have removed the nosings, the tread and riser of each stair should meet at a 90-degree angle with no overhang.

  3. Set your risers. These are the pieces of bamboo flooring that will be installed vertically along the face of the stairs. Start at the bottom of the steps and cut each piece using your circular saw so that it fits tightly within the staircase. Use a pneumatic nailer to secure the boards, with nails placed every 6 inches.

  4. Install your new nosing. For this, you'll need to use wood flooring nosing, which is tapered along one side to provide a nice finish. The nosing should overhang the step by about 1 inch. Start on the bottom step and cut a piece of nosing to fit. Nail it in place using your pneumatic nailer. Complete the rest of the step using regular wood flooring.

  5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4, working your way up the staircase. You may wish to install a stair stringer or floor trim along the base of the steps to improve the look of the flooring, but this is optional.

About the Author

Emily Beach works in the commercial construction industry in Maryland. She received her LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008 and is in the process of working towards an Architectural Hardware Consultant certification from the Door and Hardware Institute. She received a bachelor's degree in economics and management from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.