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Old April 9, 2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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I was looking for vinyl plank treads. I see they don't seem to exist. Why is that? I like the uniformity of having one single flooring type throughout. This seems to be a gap in this product type. I am leaning towards vinyl plank flooring due to its water resistance and ultra low maintenance.

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Old April 9, 2012, 05:18 PM   #2
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I thought your question deserved it's own topic so I copied it here.

That said you may want to look at this topic.... LVT transitions finally.

If either company makes stair nosings in addition to their other profiles I think that is your only option for a "tread" look with vinyl planks.

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Old April 11, 2012, 05:16 PM   #3
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Kardean Van Gogh Bracken vg1-7 barn floors


Thanks! I hope I'm not the only one wondering about this. I had laminiate flooring and can tell the difference. I love this textured vinyl plank flooring. I had the Kardean Van Gogh Bracken VG1-7 barn floor plank in the upscale apartment I rented. This stuff is awesome. It's the definition of low maintenance. Just sweep and mop up any spills. Doesn't get any lower maintenance than that. Now if they only made treads. Hopefully someone knows or can offer a good alternate solution.

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I thought your question deserved it's own topic so I copied it here.

That said you may want to look at this topic.... LVT transitions finally.

If either company makes stair nosings in addition to their other profiles I think that is your only option for a "tread" look with vinyl planks.

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Old April 12, 2012, 10:06 AM   #4
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I don't know of anything vinyl, rubber or metal that will match a vinyl plank flooring on a stair nosing. I've done a few stairs on commercial jobs with vinyl planks and the options are--------vinyl, rubber or metal.

The only thing I can think of would be a custom stair nosing made of solid wood and stained to match your flooring choice. Then there would also be a need to build up the tread under the planks to meet flush with the nosing or at least tuck neatly right under. There are many shapes, sizes, colors and materials used as stair nosings for all the various types of flooring.

Your best bet is to find an appealing metal or solid wood nosing that works aesthetically with some other aspect of your home design. It could be as simple as being painted white to match the baseboards, stringers or some other facet of the decor.

You're going to have to be somewhat creative and reach into your wallet for a little more than you might have hoped to spend.

Good luck and I'd be interested to see what you choose. We like pictures.

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If the option in the link I provided are not satisfactory, Brian beat me to the only other option I can think of.

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Why can't the planks be glued to the tread? There are plenty of real wood and laminate stairnose pieces that you can get to match your particular style.

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Why can't the planks be glued to the tread? There are plenty of real wood and laminate stairnose pieces that you can get to match your particular style.
LVT is not as thick as Laminate and real wood. The option here is what Brian mentioned, putting a layer of underlayment the proper thickness to bring the LVT flush with said nosings.

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Or find a dealer that sells these transitions for LVT: Flexitions - Flexible Transition Moldings - Products Barry, you linked to these in another topic. Looks like the stairnose one would work well.

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Or find a dealer that sells these transitions for LVT: Flexitions - Flexible Transition Moldings - Products Barry, you linked to these in another topic. Looks like the stairnose one would work well.
I linked her to that topic a few posts up.

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If the option in the link I provided are not satisfactory, Brian beat me to the only other option I can think of.
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Looks like there are two "overlap" stair nosings that have the right contour. So then it's just a matter of matching up the wood. I don't recall seeing those when that original thread came up. I just recalled the flexibility for radius curves. For this person's goals this is going to be well worth the money as long as there's a nice match. The problem I would guess though is you'd have to select off a thumbnail sketch on the internet and then hope your choice really does match up with the specific vinyl plank in the rest of the home.

I really think I'd opt for a more contrasting piece to avoid that disappointment. There's no reason the nosing has to be visually hidden by trying to blend in perfectly. In fact on my commercial stairs we HAVE to glaringly highlight the top and bottom step with a contrasting strip so people with diminished eyesight notice they're walking into a flight of stairs. So make those stair nosings stand out as a design feature. Have some fun with it! You can still go with those Flexitrim products. Just choose a grain and stain that makes a statement rather than trying to hide and blend in.

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Looks like there are two "overlap" stair nosings that have the right contour. So then it's just a matter of matching up the wood. I don't recall seeing those when that original thread came up. I just recalled the flexibility for radius curves. For this person's goals this is going to be well worth the money as long as there's a nice match. The problem I would guess though is you'd have to select off a thumbnail sketch on the internet and then hope your choice really does match up with the specific vinyl plank in the rest of the home.

I really think I'd opt for a more contrasting piece to avoid that disappointment. There's no reason the nosing has to be visually hidden by trying to blend in perfectly. In fact on my commercial stairs we HAVE to glaringly highlight the top and bottom step with a contrasting strip so people with diminished eyesight notice they're walking into a flight of stairs. So make those stair nosings stand out as a design feature. Have some fun with it! You can still go with those Flexitrim products. Just choose a grain and stain that makes a statement rather than trying to hide and blend in.
Brian, the prefinished pieces are only one option they also offer stainable pieces.

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Brian, the prefinished pieces are only one option they also offer stainable pieces.
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yeah, I saw that

that's certainly a viable option

I'm pretty sure for my taste and level of patience I'd just go with the contrasting theme. Life CAN be simple, but you have to let that happen.

I can imagine as a homeowner you might have just as much fun and get just as much pleasure playing around with the staining process. I'm probably biased, picturing myself spending WAY too long playing around with the stain and the customer not being totally happy til the 5th or 6th time around. My point being that we, as installers don't really have time for that degree of experimentation. Some customers are really hard to please, my WIFE being a prime example.

I wonder how easy it is to "sand" and restain if you went too dark on a piece or two?


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