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How to fit a smart step edge to match luxury vinyl covered steps?

Opting for a luxury vinyl (LVT) floor covering for home staircases has become highly fashionable. But how do you protect and finish the step edge to cover up the seams and protect the vulnerable front lip? Unlike a stair runner which is fitted in one piece, a fitter installs the LVT on each step, individually, which creates a sema each time.

Inlaid step edge that oozes style

Here we provide some useful fitting tips and an installation video featuring a professional fitter installing the Premier Bendybull stair nosings, which feature an inlay section in which a piece of your LVT is fixed. Fitted well, the result is stunning, as this customer image demonstrates. He reported that his fitter had never used anything like this before and was extremely proud of himself when he’d finished!

Premier Bendy Bull step edge nosing fitted to luxury vinyl wood-look on staircase
Premier Bendy Bull stair nosing works on straight and curved stair edges fitted with luxury vinyl (LVT)

Designed for curved & straight edged steps

As the name suggests, the Premier Bendy Bull stair nosings are suitable for both straight-fronted steps but are also designed to curve around the front of round-edge steps. The perfect solution for those feature, curved steps at the bottom of some staircases. Quality-made in solid brass, the Bendybull step fronts are an elegant stair profile. They are available in a choice of ten metal finishes to complement the vinyl colour and pattern.

  1. This is a skilled job but certainly worth the time and effort. You’ll need the right tools to tackle the job, including the means to heat the LVT to make it flexible enough to slot into the nosing channel.
  2. Measure up accurately throughout – don’t leave anything to chance.
  3. When deciding on what lengths of step nosing to purchase, remember the fixing holes need to be strategically placed with the first one no more than 25mm from the end of the step. So, allow for this when placing your order.
  4. There is a right and wrong way to fit the Bendybull – the large edge goes on top.
  5. The bend of the Bendy Bull profile to match your step edge is achieved on site.
  6. All the necessary attachment screws are supplied but you will need Bostikroll. This is recommended for fixing the LVT into the inlay channel and silicone to fill any small gaps between the profile and the step edge before laying the ply.

Watch this practical video of a fitter installing Bendy Bull on curved steps :

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