Steps are used for a variety of purposes. Installing concrete steps give you confidence that your stairs will last for many decades to carry out the purpose for which it was built. Concrete steps make it easier for us to access lower and higher floors in a building or our home. With concrete steps, we don’t need to jump our way to the main door of our house from the second floor. Concrete steps are an integral part of our house, which is why we must make sure they are durable, safe, as well as aesthetically appealing.
Using concrete steps has valuable advantages over other materials. Concrete is naturally fire-resistant which guards your house in case of a fire. Concrete steps installation doesn’t have to be done in a particular season because it can perform well in all weather conditions. It can survive rain, snow, and strong wind. Unlike other materials that attract pests, concrete does not appeal to destructive pests, meaning you don’t have to worry about it getting destroyed. Concrete can last for a hundred years if only it is installed correctly.
When it comes to concrete steps, there are two main types that we can choose from:
Poured Steps- Poured steps are mixed, molded, and cured on site. All single step is done on the location. One of the advantages of poured steps is that it can easily be transported. Another benefit of using this method is that wet concrete follows the shape of the mold it is poured into, which means you can be sure the steps fit into the allotted space. Further, since it is still in a liquid state, you can customize the design to suit your preference. We can apply concrete stamps and add textures or color to the surface of your concrete steps to add to its aesthetic appeal.
Precast Steps– Unlike poured concrete which every step is done on site, precast steps is poured and molded offsite. This means concrete is poured into molds even before the construction itself. The installation of the steps is the only procedure that is done onsite. One of the advantages of using precast steps is that you can make sure that the quality of the steps has been taken into consideration before transporting it to the site. It also means lesser on-site work since the steps have already been formed. Aside from that, you can already see how your concrete steps would look since they have been hardened and dried beforehand. It can also mean that you can use them sooner than poured steps. When it comes to installation, it is necessary to use equipment such as crane and other heavy equipment to place the steps in their right position. When the steps have been placed, we will use wet concrete to seal them.
You can be stylish when it comes to the shape and style of your concrete steps. You can have long steps, curved, spiral, or they can be progressively shorter as the steps go up. If you aren’t sure which style fits your home, we can provide you with expert advice.
It is crucial to install durable concrete steps, but it is also essential to ensure they are safe to avoid falling accidents. For this reason, it is a must to leave the job to a professional because there are factors that need to be considered to make sure the installation is done right.
A professional contractor knows the appropriate height and depth that suits your house or building. If concrete steps are not of the right height, it can lead to tripping accidents. On the other hand, if the steps are too tall, you can lose your balance and fall. Remember that the height of each step should be consistent to avoid hazardous situations.
Sealing concrete steps are not required, but it is highly recommended. It prevents oil and grease from making its way into the concrete surface. You can either use a clear sealant or paint on the surface of your concrete steps.
It is highly suggested to seal concrete steps in cold climates because it can absorb moisture in and as the temperature drops, the concrete will expand and lead to cracks. When you see cracks on the surface of your concrete steps, make sure to have them patched up sooner than later