Advantages of Concrete Steps
Concrete steps are an attractive and durable alternative to wooden stairs. They are very easy to care for and will fit within any budget regardless of whether you are installing precast concrete steps or are casting them directly on-site. Regardless of which method is used to produce them, all concrete step installations benefit from natural weather resistance and the ability to be created in a variety of designs, textures, and finishes to support any desired aesthetic. Concrete steps are so versatile that they can even be used indoors and finished with materials such as wood, carpet, and tile.
How to Select the Best Concrete Steps
Concrete steps benefit from the same versatility as other concrete applications. Plain and stamped concrete and exposed aggregate, for instance, are two of the many styles you can choose when envisioning your finished steps. The same applies to possible shapes: rounded stairs for a more individual look; straight stairs for short, functional styles curved or spiral for a classy flair; and layered for extended leveling are all possible forms your concrete steps can take. Finishes can be used to apply a variety of textures and sheens to your new steps, as well as further enhance their durability and resistance to the elements.
Tips for Concrete Steps Installation
There are a few tips to keep in mind when designing and installing concrete steps that are applicable regardless of the type of stair or concrete your installation uses:
- The steps should slope forwards by about 1/4 inches per foot. This allows for proper draining in the event of rain, melting snow, spills, washing, etc. Without sufficient draining, water will build up on the steps, making them slippery and dangerous.
- Dig at least six inches into the topsoil before laying the base.
- The depth of the tread (horizontal distance) and height of the rise (vertical distance) should follow a person's natural stride so they can ascend or descend easily. It also reduces the chance of inadvertently stubbing one's toe on the steps.
- In longer staircases that reach five feet or more, consider breaking them up with landings. This will keep the stairs from becoming too steep, which would make them difficult to climb.
- The width of your tread should extend to at least six inches on either side of the doorway to prevent the final landing from being too narrow, enabling it to accommodate multiple people, those carrying heavy objects, etc.
What We Do
Concrete One Ltd. has been working with concrete and cement across the GTA for over 30 years. Concrete steps for Toronto residents are just one of many installations our experienced contractors can provide. Our variety of concrete designs, textures, and styles means the only limit to your staircase is imagination. Click here to learn more about the different and beautiful varieties of concrete we can use to craft your staircase of choice, including stamped concrete, jewel stone, and exposed aggregate, or contact Concrete One Ltd. for concrete steps installation in the GTA!