If you're looking for a cost-effective way to make your home safer, repairing and resurfacing concrete steps is a great option. This project guide will show you how to repair concrete steps, including the corner or edge of an exposed step, as well as delving into the concrete topping. Before you start, it's important to ensure that the step surface is clean of wax, grease or any other loose contaminants. Then, mix the repair mortar with water and spread it over the step with a brush, using a smoothing trowel.
Use a margin trowel or finishing trowel to make sure the surface of the patch is level with the surrounding concrete. Quick-Setting Cement can be trimmed with the edge of a trowel and finished smooth. When applying the repair material, it's best to build it up in layers and press the first layer into the repair area with firm trowel pressure. Make sure your step is prepared and you are ready to start applying the concrete before you start creating your concrete mix.
It's also important to avoid adding water to the surface of the patch, as this can cause inconsistencies in surface colour, a weakened surface and shrinkage cracks. Once you've addressed any visible gaps, use a level to make sure the top and sides of your new concrete step are straight and level. Using a paintbrush, apply a generous amount of concrete adhesive to the damaged area of the step. Finally, use a sponge to finish off your repair job. It's essential that the concrete area to be repaired is perfectly clean of all debris, dirt, dust and moss before you start, as any of these can cause the repair section to fail.
Additionally, dry concrete will absorb water from the repair material and can cause a weakened bond and shrinkage cracks. Enough water must be used to saturate the concrete substrate and remove any standing water. Repairing concrete steps is an easy and effective way to make your home safer without having to hire a concrete contractor. With this project guide, you'll be able to do it yourself in no time!.