Are you looking for a way to update your stairs that is competitively priced, easy to install, aesthetically pleasing, and long lasting? If so, look no further than precast concrete stairs. Ideal for homes as well as for commercial buildings, precast concrete stairs are one of the fastest and most economical ways to replace or add new steps to any building.
What are precast concrete stairs?
Precast concrete stairs are steps that have been created in one piece. They are available in a variety of widths (usually from about 4 to 8 feet), heights (anywhere from 1 to a dozen risers), and depths (up to 6 feet or so). They're highly prized for their durability—most precast stairs top out at 5,000 pound per square inch, which is more than enough for an area that will see mostly foot traffic.
What are the benefits of using precast concrete stairs?
Because they're manufactured in a single piece, precast stairs are the fastest way to add steps to any area. With a forklift and an experienced contractor, most precast stairs can be delivered and installed in under a few hours.
Concrete is one of the most versatile building materials out there. It can be finished to imitate brick, stucco, or other materials, and it can be stained nearly any color. The treads can be textured for a non-skid surface to increase pedestrian safety during bad weather. Concrete stairs can also be cast to your custom size—width, height, and depth—and have the option of coming with an integrated landing, in many cases. Most companies have a multitude of styles that can be attached to any entryway, be it front, back, side, or other.
If you live in an area where snow and ice are a concern, some manufacturers offer precast concrete stairs with built-in electric heat. A flip of a switch can warm the steps up, melting any accumulated snow and reducing the time and energy spent sweeping, scraping, and shoveling.
Unlike metal or wood, concrete stairs won't rust or rot. Some concrete stair treads are set into metal pans, but precast stairs are completely concrete, meaning water won't seep under them, causing corrosion and accelerating wear.
Precast concrete stairs are one of the most economical choices for adding or replacing steps. Three, 4-foot-wide steps average about $200, according to an article on sfgate.com. Furthermore, they their construction allows for easy re-leveling if needed. Contact professionals, such as Burns Brothers Concrete Construction Corp, to see how you can best fill your needs.