The Concrete Network,
the largest and most comprehensive source for concrete information, has just
launched a new Stairs and Steps section on its Web site. The section details
design basics, decorative enhancements, safety considerations, and offers an
extensive online photo gallery.
Concrete steps or terraced stairways are the most prominent feature at the
entryways of many homes and public buildings, yet too often they get relegated
to purely utilitarian status. Choosing the perfect stairway design is often
a long and tedious process. With design options that are limitless, elevating
concrete stairs from bland to grand makes them the dramatic focal point of any
There is no need to settle for boring, commonplace risers and treads when numerous
options are available for imparting color, pattern, and decorative face and
edge details. Even greater visual impact is possible by combining decorative
stairways with stamped or stained concrete walkways and landings that incorporate
coordinating colors and patterns.