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jmat1980 04-18-2008 11:24 PM

Concrete stairs
 
I have concrete stairs that are falling apart---cracking, limestones loose, concrete chipping, etc...

The foundation for the stairs is concrete block.

I had a contractor tell me he could put a wire mesh on the front of the stairs add some new cement and then stucco. In addition he would add limestone caps to the stairs that dont have them and re-secure the ones on the stairs that do...

My question is if the concrete is crumbling would this "re-facing" job hold up?? I dont know the condition of the concrete blocks below, they are prob. fine but the exterior concrete is in bad shape...

Termite 04-18-2008 11:37 PM

The new concrete will only be as stable as the concrete that you're fixing it to. I'm not a big fan of "re-facing" concrete, especially when you're going to be walking on it.

Additionally, I don't think there's a way to maintain the rise and run dimensional consistency if you're adding concrete to various surfaces.

Not sure how many steps you have, but replacing them altogether might warrant looking into. Not sure what the re-facing would cost, but the material cost of pouring concrete steps is pretty minimal. Form lumber, reinforcement, and concrete is all you need.

jmat1980 04-18-2008 11:45 PM

Ive got two quotes so far, One was demo one set of 6 stairs and rebuild adding limestone caps, cut concrete landing to add a step and redo 2 additional steps (I have 6 steps, a landing and then 2 steps-one of which is way high). That was $2100.00

Another quote was to "reface" all 8 steps with mesh wire/stucco, add limestone caps to the 6 without them, then pour some new concrete on the landing(s)- $2000 <<This guy said to demo everything and rebuild would be 4-5K...

Third quote coming tomorrow...
can youthink of questions I can ask...Im a new homeowner...first time dealing with contractors...

Thanks!


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