Concrete Step Repair in the Greater Toronto Area and York Region
Concrete steps are the most common way we access our entrances. The concrete steps usually, but not always, include a landing, treads and risers. In addition, many include a room or cold cellar underneath. If the concrete steps are not installed properly. Whether they are plain concrete or covered in a flagstone or veneer, Three Little Pigs Masonry in the GTA can solve any issues you may be experiencing.
Here are some of the issues homeowners ask us to correct:
- Damaged concrete steps that are cracking and aggregates (stones) are visible. This usually caused by the application of salt and harsh chemicals during the colder weather. We can restore your concrete to a sandstone finish and seal it with a washable water repellent coating.
- Damaged concrete steps covered in flagstone that is cracked and lifting plus the sides of steps (brick or stone) are also deteriorating. This is also usually caused by application of salt and harsh chemicals. The stone will be fine, but the mortar joints and concrete underneath are damaged. In addition, to protect the veneer on the sides, adequate drip edges are needed to guide water away from the masonry. We can restore this by removing all of the flagstone and installing it correctly. Salt and harsh chemical are forbidden and replaced with the use of coarse sand. We can install new brick or stone on the sides properly and install the necessary drip edges and open weep vents for a long lasting result.
- Steps falling apart structurally making them dangerous to utilize. Inadequate structural installation of the concrete can cause numerous issues. We can install structurally sound concrete steps complete with 4 foot deep pilings (below frost line) that are vertically and horizontally reinforced with steel within the concrete of required strength. It is not recommended to install interlock on your concrete steps, specifically if there is a room or cold cellar underneath. Unlike stone or concrete, interlock is about 3" thick and has joints between them that soak up water. Also, the interlock stone itself is able to retain a lot of water. Eventually it makes its way through the concrete into the building rather than having the water evaporate like you would with stone which is laid in mortar or solid concrete with steel reinforcement.