Precast concrete steps are pre-formed pre-designed modular concrete step “blocks”. They can be cast in many different shapes and step counts to suit a variety of custom installation needs. Functional, stylish and relatively cheap compared to other popular materials, precast steps serve a great purpose in many settings.
In many cases, concrete steps are not used to their full potential. Front porches and entrance ways to many homes and commercial buildings use steps but in a styleless and utilitarian way. With the customization choices available today, including colors and patterns, you can transform the dull and ordinary functional precast steps in to majestic eye catching value adding focal point of your entrance way.
Precast concrete steps are:
• Easy to Install
• Esthetically Pleasing
• Low Maintenance
Used residentially, steps can be installed at any entranceway that are not on the same elevation, inside or outside the house. Easy customization is key factor in their popularity. You can have a set of custom concrete stairs to match virtually any style. Also they are very popular inside residential apartment buildings as they can easily replicated on a large scale to meet design requirements.
Commercially and industrially, steps have numerous applications; they are used in schools, hotels, hospitals and office buildings. Also very popular with Casinos Stadiums and parking buildings concrete steps provide an easy way to access multi level structures.
There are some additional considerations to note before selecting what type of precast concrete steps will best suit your project. First and foremost, your steps need to be safe. Making sure the steps width is at least 10 inches will decrease the chance of mis-stepping. Also, having adequate lighting will also make your steps safer. Finally, hand railings are a great way to protect from falling and tripping. It is recommended that railing height be at least 3 feet in height to prevent people of all sizes from falling over the railing.
Finally, the concrete mix required for outdoor steps should meet regular outdoor concrete standards. Your mix should consist of a cement to water ratio that is lower then normal and sufficient air entrainment. Your concrete should be able to withstand the freeze-thaw cycle in climates that are exposed to winter; resistance to deicing chemicals is another consideration. If a weak batch on concrete is used, chipping and cracking can occur and discoloration from ice salts will occur.
No matter the location you use or put your concrete steps, one thing is certain; with proper maintenance your steps will last and look the same for many years to come.