Stabilizing Concrete Stairs
LESLIE: Daniel in Illinois needs some help with some concrete steps. Tell us about the problem.DANIEL: Fine. I had a question about a crumbling concrete step. I was wondering if there’s any products on the market that would stabilize that old concrete or do I have to just knock the whole thing down?TOM: No, you can resurface it. What you want is an epoxy patching material.DANIEL: OK.TOM: And you can buy epoxy patches at home centers. There’s a good website for a manufacturer that makes a good-quality product called Abatron – A-b-a-t-r-o-n. And actually, if you go there, you’ll see lots of examples of people doing this exact repair of resurfacing badly deteriorated concrete steps and that sort of thing.DANIEL: Oh, that’s great. And how much time do you think that would take?TOM: Well, it depends on the level of deterioration but most of these products are chemical cure; so they cure fairly quickly. But I think it’s a project that you can do in a day, for sure.DANIEL: Oh, that’s great. That’s great. Well, thank you very much.TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.