concrete stairs

concrete stairs - Resurfacing concrete steps brings back the luster and vibrancy they once had, and makes dilapidated ones safe again. The operation is simple but has to be controlled to keep people from walking around the fresh cement. The steps themselves will be unavailable for three to four days while they dry.

The first step in the process is to clean the surfaces. Typically, a chisel and hammer are employed to knock out the broken surface pieces but care should be taken to keep from breaking underlying concrete. A pressure washer is helpful in completing the cleaning.

The next step is to frame the stairs to keep fresh concrete from pouring within the sides. Using lumber and stakes, it is possible to build a box that surrounds the sides, which will keep the new material nice neat.

Once the lumber is in place, it is time to begin mixing the concrete paint and mix. The paint can be a mixture of cement and water, giving it the consistency of paint so you can brush the first layer on the steps. Once this really is applied, the new mix will bond better. The mix consists of cement, sand and water. Take care not to make the mix to runny. You ought to be able to form it in the lumber box.

concrete stairs
The last stage in resurfacing concrete steps would be to allow it to dry around an hour before covering with a plastic sheet. The sheet will remind people not to walk there, and supply a barrier allowing the mix to dry within the next three days. Once this is complete, you may want to apply one more layer of cement paint to provide them a nice even look.

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