Try fixing your concrete stairs yourself
Concrete steps are commonly used in many building entrances due to their durability and undeniable resistance. But even though they can last a long time, especially outdoors they are prone to deterioration due to the changing weather and heavy foot traffic. If you own cement stairs and they are starting to fall apart, you may feel tempted to look for concrete steps repair in Chicago. But even a person with no previous cement experience can handle a repair of concrete steps. It isn’t too complicated and you can get nothing wrong, because you have broken stairs already, haven’t you?
Concrete steps repair is easier than you think
Let’s get started and clean the stairs – remove old loose cement by chipping it off with a hammer and cold chinsel. Make sure that the surface is as smooth as possible. You can drill some holes and screw tapcon screws, they will act as anchors for the new cement. When you are done with that, you may want to use a bonding adhesive if the new layer of cement is going to be quite thick. The adhesive will make the new layer stick to the old cement. The next move is to make a wood form by cutting a piece of board that is at least the height of the step and as long as the step. Then place the form against the step and secure it in place with some cinder blocks. Prepare all the needed tools to work with concrete before you mix it. You will need a steel trowel, a level, edging tool and a sponge. If you’re ready, mix the concrete following the instructions on the box. When the consistency is like a thick cream, scoop the cement into the form, then level it out with a trowler, round the edges with edging tool and smooth it out with a sponge. Congratulations, you have fixed concrete steps yourself!