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Concrete Stoop & Step Installation
If you are tired of dealing with outdated or dilapidated steps or stoops, we know just how frustrating it can be. Older steps can cause a tripping hazard and dilapidated stoops will become unlevel and unappealing to the eye. When everything goes wrong on your residential steps or stoop, the best thing to do is replace them.
After years of service to our neighbors in Austin Texas, we have found that concrete is one of the best materials that you can construct these structures from and down below, you will find everything that you need to know about our concrete stoops and steps services.
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Concrete Contractors Austin Why You Should Use Concrete
While many home and business owners consider concrete to be a boring material not too many benefits besides being hard, there are dozens of great benefits that you can gain from building your steps and stoop out of concrete. From offering a simplistic maintenance regimen to offers a safer finish, concrete is one of the best ways you can ensure that your steps are safe to use even in the rain and that your stoop stays level even with age. Want to see a few of the benefits of building it better with concrete? You can find a few of the top benefits down below:
One of the biggest reasons you should consider using concrete to build your stoop and steps is the fact that concrete is by far one of the most durable building materials on the market. Concrete that is paired with a sealer is resistant to heavy foot traffic, impacts and UV rays. Concrete is also one of the longest-lasting materials on the market and with professional installation, proper maintenance and depending on where the concrete is placed, concrete stoops and steps can last anywhere from 15-25 years with one of the most simplistic maintenance protocols.
A feature that concrete steps have that natural materials don’t is a simplistic maintenance protocol that is both affordable and time-effective. In terms of regular maintenance, all that concrete requires is a broom and a mop paired with a PH neutral detergent to avoid acidic damage to its sealer. When concrete becomes grimy or extremely soiled, the use of a 3200 PSI pressure washer with a light tip to remove any built-up grime. To keep your concrete protected, the sealer should be professionally replaced every 1-3 years depending on the traffic the structure sees.
Another benefit of choosing concrete as your building material is the fact that concrete offers safety built right into its finish. The natural texture of concrete offers plenty of traction, even when the steps or stoop become wet from rain or spilled liquids. A benefit of using concrete that not many home or business owners know about concrete is the light finish of the steps reflect light more efficiently than materials like wood or brick, making them easier to see and walk on in the night even when with less than adequate lighting.
The installation process of concrete steps and stoop are one of the most intricate processes in construction so it is crucial to use a professional concrete contractor. First, a design must be made so we know how to create forms. Side and riser forms are put into place with supports at the side to prevent bowing. Steps and stoops are not pure concrete, they have rubble as a filler which is compacted and a backer of rebar is installed. Concrete is then filled, edged and floated to create a clean and crisp set of stairs.
When we tie in a brand new set of steps or stoop to an existing piece of concrete like a walkway, it may need to be replaced close to the set. But further down the walkway, there may be areas that need to be repaired from imperfections like cracks, weathering and gouges to increase the curb appeal of the home or business further. We offer the service of crack sealing, concrete patching and even the replacement of concrete if cracks are too deep, creating structural damage. Call us today to see if your concrete can be saved!