The steps that lead to the front door of your home are part of its curb appeal. Imagine friends, family and neighbors that use these stairs to walk up to your front door. Are you proud of what they see?
If you’re like many homeowners, your front steps are either made from cement or wood and probably aren’t looking their best. Concrete steps break up over time, especially in Northern climates like New Jersey where we see our fair share of rain and snow. What happens is that water soaks into the concrete, freezes and breaks off, taking some of the cement with it.
Wooden steps are no picnic either. If not properly maintained, the wood may become weathered or rotted. This makes the steps unstable. Dull, drab and crumbling steps decrease your home’s curb appeal and pose a safety issue. Fortunately, you don’t have to live this way. Your old steps can be repaired or replaced, giving the exterior or your home a major refresh.
At Stone and Patio Pros, we recommend updating old stairs with pavers or stone veneer. Here’s why.
– Selection. You can choose nearly any type of paver you want instead of sticking to traditional cement or wood that is found on most homes. Give your home a unique appeal with the color, pattern and design of your choice.
– Durability. Tired of creaky wooden steps that feel like they’re going to fall through? Or perhaps you’re frustrated with trying to keep your cement steps from cracking. Stone veneer is a solution to both problems. It’s exceptionally durable and made to withstand harsh weather conditions.
– Decorative. If you have landscaping around the front of your home, concrete or wooden steps can look out of place. Stone veneer steps fit naturally in and around garden settings. And, if you’re not one to plant a lot of flowers or shrubs, you won’t have to. Veneer pavers will do the talking for you!
– Low Maintenance. Aside from regular sweeping, occasional rinsing and intermittent sealing (depending on the material), there’s not much else you have to do for pavers. Additionally, pavers can be easily replaced, which is a nice perk if you have cracked or stained pieces.
– Safety. Since pavers are durable, you won’t have to worry about the steps cracking, breaking or rotting over time. This increases the safety of your home for everyone. Additionally, stone veneer is made to have a non-slip surface, perfect for rainy or icy days.
Installing stone veneer onto existing steps is a wet process that involves an aggregate base, sand and concrete foundation. Because of this, it’s recommended to hire an experienced contractor who will ensure that the steps are properly constructed to make them as beautiful, safe and functional as you would expect.