Bringing your concrete steps from average to lavish makes them the stylish focal point of your home’s entrance. Concrete steps or terraced stairways can be the most prominent feature of your entryway, yet too often they get overlooked as pure utility status. High end visual impact is achieved by combining decorative concrete steps with stamped or stained concrete walkways and landings that coordinate colors and patterns.
While you are figuring out the new look of your concrete steps, we don't sacrifice functionality for flair. We will keep the most important dimensions, the riser height and tread depth. We know they should comfortably accommodate the average person's stride.
One way we add elegance to your concrete steps is by stamping. There are literally hundreds of stamp patterns to choose from, ranging from slate, to brick, to cobblestone, to botanical and wildlife themes that we can use. These days, stamping mats are often molded from the actual materials they mimic, so we can produce amazingly realistic results. We recommend continuing your pattern from sidewalk to steps to landing, causing the overall effect to be much more impressive. We use the same methods for stamping concrete steps as we do for coloring exterior concrete flatwork, when it’s suitable.
The most popular include adding integral color, staining, and applying color hardener to the concrete steps. These techniques can be combined to produce unique color variations and marbling effects. Also, with concrete steps, it adds luxury to the look to make decorative concrete edges. Rather than keeping with a sharp 90-degree step edge, we can create all kinds of curved architectural edges on the concrete steps.
On exterior concrete steps an exposed-aggregate finish allows the important benefit of being nonskid. It is also resistant to heavy foot traffic, and to the weather extremes we have here in Idaho. And an exposed-aggregate finish on concrete steps also contrasts beautifully with plain-gray concrete or other decorative treatments such as stamping, staining, and integral coloring.