Tips For Improving The Appearance Of Old Concrete Steps

Posted on: 5 February 2015

Whether at your home or business, concrete steps offer a sturdy way for guests to travel across your property. But the appearance of those steps isn't always what it could be, especially after they have taken a beating due to time and weather. There are a few design tips you can use to improve the appearance of your old steps without having to undergo a costly replacement.

Get Faux Stone with Acid Staining

Contact a local concrete contractor and ask about acid staining services. Acid stain differs from traditional paint-like stain in that the acid creates an actual chemical reaction with the existing concrete. This can create more realistic faux-finishes since the concrete will have the imperfect swirling typically found in higher end stones such as marble or quartz.

If you do opt for acid staining on your steps, opt to have some type of darker border done on the edge of the steps. This makes it clearer to guests where each step is in relation to the other and could help prevent accidental stumbles.

Concrete Stain Your Logo or Initials

A unique and stylish way to update concrete stairs is to have a contractor use that paint-like stain to place your company logo -- or family monogram -- onto the front vertical side of the steps. The stains come in a variety of rich colors, and you can even opt to have the entire surface of the stairs recovered first in a contrasting background color.

The positioning allows guests and clients to see a piece of you as they enter. And the resulting look can offer a touch of class like a monogrammed briefcase. Do make sure you see samples of the contractor's work to ensure they can handle precise lettering.

Paint a Classic Pattern

Concrete paint is less often used than stain because it shows wear and tear easier than the stain. But if you're committed to upkeep -- or simply looking for a short-term solution -- then concrete paint can give you a bolder update to those concrete stairs.

Choose stencils in classic patterns like argyle, houndstooth or even varying sizes of stripes to create a splash of visual interest. Paint over the stencils on the top or horizontal surface of the steps. Use black for the easiest work as it pairs well with the natural gray tones of the concrete. But you can also use multiple bright colors if you're up to the task.

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