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Vikeologist 06-17-2009 06:58 PM

Removing a cement step on outside of house
 
On the front of my house, I have a cement step leading to my front door. I am planning on put a deck type step, using composite materials instead of the cement step. I am wondering If I need to remove the old cement step, or can I build right over it?

Also, if I have to remove it, what is the easiest/best way to remove it? I am worried about damaging the foundation of my house while removing the old cement step.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. When i get home tonight, I will take some pictures of the step, which will maybe better help you understand what I am talking about.

Thanks!

Scuba_Dave 06-17-2009 07:52 PM

Will the composite be raised up over the cement steps?
You can't put it directly on the cement, that will hold water
Do your research on the composite
Lots of complaints, problems

PaliBob 06-18-2009 04:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vikeologist (Post 289061)
....or can I build right over it?.....

The risers would be all out of balance
e.g. assume your setup is now:
  • 10" to 1st step
  • 10" to front door
To cover the concrete step with 1” composite. The result would be:
  • 11” to 1st step
  • 8 ” to front door

Vikeologist 06-18-2009 11:14 AM

right now I have to step up to get into the door of the house. I want the top landing to be even with the door, so you can walk right in.

By building over it I meant, adding a step, and making the top landing/platform, higher than the current cement is. It wont be directly on the cement, but will be built above it, the risers will be higher than the top of the step itself.

PaliBob 06-18-2009 11:19 AM

I'm Having trouble visualizing. Can you post a Pic?

Scuba_Dave 06-18-2009 12:33 PM

Where are you located? Snow area?


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