Concrete is a durable material, but over time it could begin to crumble, especially if it's not installed properly. Concrete that isn't mixed or installed properly can crumble easily or get cracks in it that may cause it to crumble as well. If your concrete steps have begun to crumble, don't worry, they can be repaired with some concrete and a few tools. Read on for instructions and tips to repair concrete steps.
Tools And Materials For The Job:
- Putty knife
- Garden hose
- Scrub brush
- Pressure washer
- Wire brush
- Scrap wood (to use as a straight edge)
- To begin with, you'll need to clean the step(s) you're going to be repairing. Clean it with soap and water to remove as much dirt and debris as possible so the new concrete will adhere to the step. You can use a pressure washer to clean the step thoroughly, or soap and water, a scrub brush, and a garden hose can work just as well.
- Next, take a wire brush and scrape away any loose material around the crumbling areas. Use it in cracks and along the edges to scrape away anything that feels loose. If the concrete is loose, the new concrete will just crumble as well. Any loose material needs to be removed.
- Once you have a clean surface and have removed the loose materials, take the concrete and mix it as instructed according to the manufacturer's instructions. Take a small amount of the concrete and put it into the trowel.
- Take the scrap piece of wood and use it as a straight edge as you begin to apply the concrete along the step. Smooth the concrete with your putty knife all along the edge both on the top of the step and on the sides.
- Fill in any cracks with the concrete, smoothing it out with the putty knife and scraping away any excess so it's smooth and even with the rest of the step.
- Once finished, take a paint brush to give the concrete a textured look so it helps blend with the rest of the step and doesn't stand out too much.
- Allow the concrete to dry thoroughly and set before using the step.
- Once the concrete is dry and set, you can paint over the concrete with concrete paint or use a concrete stain on the steps to give them more appeal.
To prevent your concrete from crumbling, be sure to care for your concrete by not using salt on the concrete or putting anything too heavy on the concrete, which can cause damage. If you need help repairing your concrete, call a professional to help you or visit websites like http://www.cabcoaz.com to learn more about contractors in your area.