Get Back that Lost Curb Appeal – Signs Your Old Concrete Stairs Need Restoration or Replacement
Concrete is one of the most widely used materials in the construction industry due to its versatility and durability. However, like every other material used in the construction of a residential or commercial property, it needs to be properly maintained to keep it looking as good as new.
Over time, no matter if you have kept the maintenance of concrete stairs at the top of your list of priorities, they might need to be restored or replaced due to a number of reasons. Some of them include;
- Excessive amount of foot traffic on a daily basis
- Natural events (i.e. earthquakes, rain etc.)
- Accidents (i.e. dropping something heavy on the concrete surface)
Thus, at some point in time, an individual may be inclined to look for DIY ways or professional restoration services to undertake the task of restoring or replacing concrete stairs. But what are the signs which lead to one taking a decision; whether to restore their concrete stairs or replace them entirely? Let’s look at some sure-tell signs.
When Should You Go for Concrete Stairs Restoration?
Here are some of the signs that your concrete stairs need to be restored rather than replaced;
Surface Cracks and Chipped and Jagged Edges
At times, concrete stairs may develop minor cracks on the surface. The most common reasons for this include dropping something heavy on them, poor quality of materials used in their construction and the continuous contraction and expansion they undergo due to a change in season.
If minor cracks are the main culprit behind your concrete stairs looking worn out, a restoration is what you should go for. Apply any concrete patching compound on the surface of the stairs followed by the application of a sealant to make your concrete stairs look as good as new.
Chipped and jagged edges are another form of wear and tear often seen in concrete stairs. The solution: The same as above. Apply a concrete patching compound and using a sculpting tool, give it the same shape as that of the original staircase to maintain the sense of uniformity. Then, use a sealant to hold it in place and protect it from wear and tear in the future.
If it has been a long time since the stairs were constructed, minor potholes may appear on its surface. These bead-sized abrasions can be easily fixed by applying a concrete patching compound followed by a sealant on top of it.
Fill in the gaps with the compound and then, using a cement leveler, level the entire surface so that it becomes flat. Viola! Your concrete stairs are now as good as new.
When Should You Go for Concrete Stairs Replacement?
Now, let us present you with the signs which make concrete stairs replacement a must;
Sometimes, concrete stairs may develop much deeper cracks than usual, those that run across the depth of the stairs. If this is the case, it calls for entire replacement of the stairs, even the base.
When Clearance is an Issue
Sometimes, the issue is minor but some other factors make concrete stairs replacement a must. One such reason is when clearance is an issue. If you cannot spare adding a few inches to the height of your stairs as it may hinder its function, replacement is the only option you have.
It’s Time to Call the Professionals
The task of restoring or replacing your concrete stairs is a complex one as it involves a lot of considerations and having prior experience and knowledge to do so. Thus, the task should only be entrusted to professional service providers. Pell-Builder is one such service provider based in the lower mainland area in British Columbia which can help you with all your concrete stairs-related troubles. Call them today at 604-349-4751 for a free quote.
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