Vinyl flooring on stairs: How it works

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Whether new construction or renovation – the choice of suitable covering often does not only concern the floor area, but in many cases also includes the stairs.

A vinyl floor is a proven alternative to other materials when it’s covered with stairs, because it convinces in many ways.

The advantages of a vinyl floor staircase


The material properties of the vinyl floor make stairs particularly robust and resistant, even when exposed to heavy loads.

Vinyl floors are abrasion-resistant, UV-resistant and easy to clean, which is particularly important for stairs in hallways or in households with children and pets.

Moreover, vinyl is very soft and elastic, which is easy on the joints when climbing stairs. Allergy sufferers also benefit from stairs made of vinyl floors, as these are antibacterial.


Vinyl flooring can be laid on any staircase, provided the substrate is clean, level and suitable for full-surface gluing.

The different material thicknesses of vinyl floors allow installation on stairs with different heights.

This is why a vinyl flooring is suitable both as a covering for newly built stairs made of concrete, as well as for the renovation of existing stair flooring made of wood, laminate or stone.

Single shortcoming: Vinyl floors are not weather-resistant and are therefore only suitable for indoor stairs.


Vinyl floors are available in a wide variety of looks and designs. The range of decors extends from light to dark, from single-coloured to marbled – also wood optics or stone optics are available.

As a result, vinyl floors offer correspondingly creative freedom to optimally integrate the stairs into the room image.

Lay vinyl flooring on stairs: What are the options?

Laying a vinyl floor on stairs requires relatively little effort.

With the appropriate equipment and the necessary craftsmanship, vinyl floor stairs can be quickly and easily renovated or manufactured on their own.

There are basically two possibilities:

  • The stairs to dress up with a classic vinyl floor
  • or special prefabricated stages.

Stairway with vinyl floor dressing

To give a room a harmonious overall picture, stairs can be clad with the same vinyl décor as the rest of the floor. This can consist of either vinyl on HDF carrier plates or full vinyl.

For installation on the stairs, ready-made vinyl floorboards or loose vinyl floor ingesses are tailored precisely to the dimensions of the individual steps (each viewing and treading surface).

Then the adapted vinyl floor elements are attached to the step surfaces.

In the case of full vinyl, a full-surface bonding is absolutely necessary.

Vinyl floors on HDF carriers can also be used with double-sided adhesive tape. Self-adhesive vinyl floors can of course also be attached to the stairs.

It is only important that the vinyl floor on stairs is always permanently connected to the ground, so that nothing can slip.

This applies in particular to vinyl floors, which are generally suitable for floating installation.

The edges, where the visible and tread surfaces collide, are finally clad with (mostly self-adhesive) angle profiles.

Special cover rails ensure visually attractive transitions to other floor coverings. For example, unclean edges caused by the vinyl cutter can be covered.

Vinyl flooring pre-stage systems

Various manufacturers offer various products as installation-friendly solutions for vinyl floor stairs.

Here are some examples:


Tilo offers two solutions for vinyl floorstairs.

In the more flexible version, any vinyl floor boards are connected to a suitable step-edge profile by means of a practical click system. Step depth and length do not play a role here, as stair steps can be individually adapted and tailored to the corresponding stair dimension.

The maintenance-free stepped edge profiles are available in two versions (1 x or 2 x wrapped) as well as in all structured surfaces and decors and vinyl floor colours. With their low thickness of 10 mm, Tilo vinyl floorboards are particularly suitable for renovating existing stairs. With cork inlays on the underside of the planks, a vinyl floor impact sound insulation is also already integrated.

Tilo’s compact stair steps make installation even less effort.

Steps are compact for both renovations and new buildings, as they are available for different floor thicknesses and in two formats (for straight and curved stairs).

Hafa Stairs

Hafa has an optimal solution for renovation work on high-stress stairs.

Thanks to the usage class 43, vinyl steps from Hafa can withstand extreme loads and are therefore also suitable for business premises and public facilities.

The modular vinyl renovation stages are available in different decors and five widths, but only with a straight front edge. The vinyl floor stairs are mounted with stabilizing rails and special adhesive.


Vinyl levels from Primashop also correspond to the usage class 43 and are accordingly robust.

Due to the high quality standards in cooperation with selected German premium manufacturers, Primashop pursues the motto “professional quality for self-making”.

Available in various design lines, decors and finishes, the stair steps can be configured and ordered online according to individual requirements.

The products in the online shops of Tresabo or Conceptfloor. are similarly structured

What costs can I expect for stairs with vinyl flooring?

No blanket statement can be made about the cost of a staircase with vinyl flooring.

The financial effort depends on the nature of the stairs and the substrate as well as the material or system used.

While the price of cladding stairs with a classic vinyl floor varies greatly depending on the manufacturer and design of the floor, when using a prefabricated system, it is possible to calculate a guideline value of at least 80 to 120 euros per stage.

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