Those concrete steps on the front of your porch may have served your home well for a lot of years, but concrete is not an infinite substance, so eventually, you will start to see some signs of wear and damage. Broken edges, cracks, and breakage are all common damages with older concrete steps, but thankfully, it does not take a lot for a quick refinishing job. Even though refinishing your concrete steps is not a very complicated process, there is room for a few mistakes. If you plan to refinish your concrete steps, there are a few big mistakes you should work to avoid.
Mistake: Not using the right product for the refinishing job.
Why? Don't make the mistake of simply buying a bag of concrete mix and trying to use this to repair the steps. While the basic concrete mix will work, it will not be as effective and can be much harder to work with. Instead, invest in a refinishing concrete mix that is specifically created for repairs.
Mistake: Not taking the time to prepare the old steps for the new application.
Why? Before you apply any of the new refinishing product, it is crucial to prepare the area first. If you do not, not only will it just make the project harder to accomplish, you could have problems with the refinishing product adhering to the existing surface. You should:
- sweep away any loose or crumbling concrete
- spray off the concrete steps with a hose to remove any dirt
- trim away grass and weeds that could get in the way while you work
Mistake: Choosing not to use concrete forms for the project.
Why? Using forms along the sides of the steps will prevent the new concrete mix from spilling over the sides and making a huge mess out of your efforts. You don't have to go all out, but it is a good idea to at least situate two pieces of plywood flush against the sides of the steps before you get started.
Mistake: Not applying a slurry coat over the thicker coat of concrete mix.
Why? When you are refinishing concrete or installing new concrete, the mixture usually goes on in two applications. First, you add the thicker coat of concrete and smooth it out, and then, you should add what is known as the slurry coat, which is much more thin. The slurry coat fills in small fissures and pinholes to form a tighter, more sealed finish.
Contact a company like D & R Masonry Restoration, Inc. to learn more.