The front steps of our project house had two problems: They were ugly and danger- ous. We needed to make them pretty and safe. The front wall and staircase of the split-level home had genuine flagstone veneer, but the stair treads were made of concrete faux stone. Since natural flagstone usu- ally has an uneven face, the tread stones were likely molded from concrete to ensure they had a flat, even surface for people to walk on. However, over the decades the driving rain had pounded down onto the face of the treads and worn away the cement. The rain damage allowed water to seep inside the treads, freeze (and expand) during winter, and essen- tially demolish the steps from with- in. The steps deteriorated to the point where a visitor stepped on a lower tread, and it crumbled beneath them. Luckily nobody tripped and injured themselves, but this repair could be delayed no longer. Here’s how we tackled the problem. PHASE 1: STONE REPLACEMENT Our first problem was the lowest stair tread where some of the con- crete had entirely disintegrated, fallen out and was beyond repair. Our only course of action was to
chip out the remaining material and replace it completely. Using a hammer and chisel we chipped away at the problem con- crete until we hit solid material— about halfway through the width of the tread. We then used a small handheld wet saw to define the edges through the solid concrete. After hosing out and brushing away the debris, we had a half- moon shaped hole about 6 inches wide to fill.
Concrete Step Rehab Repairing Faux Stone