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Get That Concrete Step Repaired!

Concrete steps are everywhere. They are a common feature of American architecture. They serve us well. They are hardy no-fuss structures that get stepped on all the time and you never hear them complain. After all that wear, it should come to us as no surprise that every now and then we need to give them some upkeep. When it comes to concrete steps, the damage can come in many shapes and forms. It’s a good idea to call your professional contractor. However, let’s get you through the basics.


Assessing the Damage


Most defects are cosmetic in nature. For example, the nose on landing steps chips away quite easily. The tread can suffer damage or simply wear away with time. Repairing these is a straightforward job. Other times, the flooring could be damaged, making the step unsafe. Someone could trip or get a shoe stuck. If the riser is damaged, then you need to take a careful look, because the whole step could be compromised.


Common Repairs


Small defects can be repaired with patching cement. Depending on the size of the crack, that could be the end of it. If the corner of a step has chipped away, it could take a knack with the trowel to get things just right. Especially with corners, the repair will probably need something to hold the structure. One way to do this is to bore holes into the damaged area with a hammer drill. Using expansion anchors and leg screws you can create a metal structure to hold the cement. This prevents the new corner from falling off! Make sure to use a bonding agent, otherwise it will crack.


Getting the texture right might require mixing in some sand with the cement. Also, to get the best finish, use a damp rubber float to ensure that the two surfaces blend well together. Getting these details takes a lot of practice with the trowel. Consult with your contractor if you run into trouble.


For large or structural defects, more comprehensive masonry might be necessary. For example, it is common for the rise of concrete steps to collapse. This will require a more intensive approach. Your contractor will decide which mix is best, and what elements will yield the best results. To repair large defects, sometimes you need to build a form, or a wooden structure that will hold the cement while it sets. Professionals know how to assemble these and ensure that the mix will not spill, and that the concrete will set correctly without cracking.


Taking Concrete Steps


In conclusion, most concrete step defects are cosmetic. Repairing these takes some skill, especially with the trowel, but can be safely done by almost anyone. However, larger defects need to be assessed by a professional, and involve more advanced building techniques. Please feel free to contact us and we will help you take the necessary steps to achieve the best repair.

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