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Our neighbour has outside steps to her house.  They were very worn and becoming dangerous.

She asked what I thought about the repairs.  I said that I didn't know anything much about this but it didn't look very well finished.  Any concrete people or builders here care to make an educated comment please? Cheers.

 

 

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Yeah so they have topped off the old steps with more concrete it would seem.

 

Is it all cracking and coming away?

 

They should’ve took more time to get some ‘fines’ into the front part of the repair job.

 

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Is it a trick of the picture, or are the treads all at different heights?

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1 minute ago, ashcroc said:

Is it a trick of the picture, or are the treads all at different heights?

Thy always were different heights, they are very old.  The issue is the finish.

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7 minutes ago, joey24dirt said:

Yeah so they have topped off the old steps with more concrete it would seem.

 

Is it all cracking and coming away?

 

They should’ve took more time to get some ‘fines’ into the front part of the repair job.

 

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They have just been finished.  So no issues at this time, just the finish. Would frost potentially be a problem. Needs rendering.....but I don't know.

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Thy always were different heights, they are very old.  The issue is the finish.
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I'm not in the trade so can't comment further than saying I personally wouldn't be happy with the finish. Even though they were old & worn, it would have been the perfect time to put them back into spec.
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It looks woeful!

Looks like they have cast a thin layer of mass concrete on top of the old steps.

It might last a bit. but I wouldn’t accept it. The rough parts are honeycombing where the concrete isn’t compacted properly. This will let water in and will speed up degradation.

They should have prepared the old surface first to form a good key for the new concrete. If they didn’t, this could delaminate.

I’d also want to check the stair risers are still even as this can cause trips if not.

I’ll warn you now, that proving any fault is hard without knowing details (I’m not asking to know!). Depends on what was agreed and who was involved etc...



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Thanks guys.  I agree, it doesn't look like it will last....interesting to see what a long hard frost may do. 


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If you render that now it will break away without doubt. Should of been tamped down better and shuttering removed way before it set so it could of been troweled off neatly. 

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2 minutes ago, Holyzeus said:

If you render that now it will break away without doubt. Should of been tamped down better and shuttering removed way before it set so it could of been troweled off neatly. 

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Definitely NOT a good / proper job. As already said , the mix is wrong without enough fines / cement. As it stands they will most likely begin to crack and break up, if they get frosted the material will disintegrate. The sub surface should have been ' scabbled' = thoroughly roughened to provide a good key and also a bonding agent used.

The correct job would have been to even the risers up to to give even step rise.

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What on earth. There's no way that's bonded properly. 

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