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Old concrete steps - reconfigure...

Post by orangepeel » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:38 am

Hi All

Hoping you can help.

We have some concrete steps leading to our front entrance. They are structurally sound but risers and depths vary by 50mm or so plus they all slope by 20mm from front to back. As a result they feel difficult and dangerous using them - and have sadly claimed their first victim when my other half to slipped and broke her wrist last winter.

So I need to get them sorted. It's also a good opportunity to improve the curb appeal of the house.

I'm looking for suggestions on the best way forward.

My thoughts are to pave over the existing concrete allowing me to sort the levels out. It's a bit tricky though with the depths be so inconsistent.

Or is there a way of starting again without ripping out all the existing concrete?

I need something safe and modern looking to tie in with the rest of the work well be doing over the next couple of years. The front garden will probably be terraced with sleepers and could take levels for this from whatever I do with the steps.

Thanks in advance all.

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Re: Old concrete steps - reconfigure...

Post by someone-else » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:56 am

Our front steps were a "bit rough looking" and our builder did just as you suggest :-) put paving slabs on them, much better now.
It has to be better since the other options are to lay a couple of inches of concrete, or rip them all out and start again.
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Post by orangepeel » Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:25 am

Thanks for the response. I think that's the way I'm going to do it.

If anyone could offer some technical tips on best place to start, how to go about it I appreciate it. Also would the fact that I may have to have joints cause an issue with drainage through joints?

Also not sure whether to clad the6 front of the steps too?

Thanks all.
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Re: Old concrete steps - reconfigure...

Post by orangepeel » Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:21 pm

This is a bit of a bugger. The dimensions of step area all over the place.

Riser height is anywhere from 210mm - 260mm and tred depth anywhere from 290mm - 330mm. Once I start trying to make the riser and depths consistent it will have such a knock on effect that I'll be building a new profile..

What tolerances are acceptable?

Any advice greatly appreciated!

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