Building concrete steps isn't an appropriate project for the beginning DIY enthusiast to take on. It take experience in mixing and pouring concrete. It also takes a fair amount of mathematical calculation (simple geometry mostly). It also requires a good deal of hard physical labour. However, if built correctly, you'll have a staircase that is a true work of art and that will last pretty much forever under normal usage.
At Hume & Sons Concreting we can design, prepare, pour and finish your concrete stairway project. This includes calculating the size and number of concrete stairs your need depending on the elevation of where they need to go. There are many types of finishes to choose from.
Finishes Available for Steps
Exposed Aggregate Concrete is a very popular and fashionable decorative finish, it is used at most display homes.
The finish is not smooth, rather the aggregate (stone/pebbles) are exposed which makes it rough and gravelly. However the aggregate is quite fine making it comfortable to walk on with bare feet.
Exposed Aggregate Concrete is a standard grey or off white cement mixture with a select type of customised small aggregate (stones/pebbles) and will sometimes have a colour oxide mixed through (mixed through at concrete plant). It is finished with a high pressure blast exposing the aggregate materials (stones/pebbles) on the surface.
Sealing of any paved area is highly recommended to minimise fading, staining and cracking.
Covercrete is a spray on product that is used to cover and refurbish old and existing concrete products. This is 2-3 mm thick and sets at approximately 72 MPA, about three times the strength of tradition concrete.
It is a resurfacing product only and will only be as good as the base below it. Patterns and header-courses can also be added if desired. A full range of colours are available. Rosettes and features are also available.
A minimum of two coats of UV sealant are mandatory to prevent colour deterioration.