If you’ve built concrete stairs before and want to replace them with wooden ones, there are some simple steps you can take to make the process go smoothly. First, determine the rise and run of your stairs. Once you know these two numbers, you can begin to cut your plywood to size. Afterward, drill two starter holes in each plank, one near each corner, and large enough to accommodate cement bolts. Once you’ve cut the plywood to size, you should apply flooring adhesive to the top stair’s plywood. Once that’s dry, apply hardwood flooring to the top stair’s plywood. Then, apply hardwood flooring close to each slat’s glue surface.
Calculate the rise and run of your stairs
Choosing the correct amount of rise and run is an important part of the design process. When building stairs, you must ensure that the rise and run are consistent from bottom to top. A common rule of thumb is that each step should be around seven to seven-1/2 inches high. Stairs that are higher than this can cause stumbling and can violate building codes. To calculate the rise of a staircase, multiply the total height by eight. Then, divide that total by seven inches to find the exact amount of rise you need.
Using the exact height of the existing steps can be tricky if the rise is too steep. While it is possible to increase the height of the stair by increasing the rise, this may cause other problems. You can also increase the run by adding a landing. Landings are often wider and have the same rise as the rest of the steps, so they will be easier to use. However, be sure to consider the number of steps in your staircase before deciding on the type and size of wooden steps.
Apply a bonding agent
Before you begin construction, you should remove the old concrete steps and any wood form from the step area. Using a level or steel trowel, check the vertical portion to make sure it is level and plumb. Then, use an edging tool to round off the edges of the step to preserve its structural integrity. Afterward, use a grout/cement sponge to level the surface of the step.
To apply the bonding agent, you need to first remove the damaged section of concrete. To do this, you can use a standard concrete mix or sand. Make sure to follow the directions on the container and use the correct amount of concrete mix and bonding agent. If you are working with a concrete slab, make sure to follow the directions on the packaging carefully. Once the repair is complete, you can begin construction.
Paint the steps
To paint wooden stairs, you first need to clean them. You can get a paint prep solution at a paint store. Then, you need to let the steps dry completely. If you have used non-lead paint, you may need to etch them first, so the new paint will stick better. Once the steps are dry, you can paint them. You will need to allow the new paint 24 hours to cure before they are usable again.
Before you start painting the steps, you should clean the concrete thoroughly. Make sure to remove any dust or pollen that might have accumulated on the surface. Also, you should clean the concrete properly to remove any existing paint. You should also remove any damaged concrete from the steps. This will prevent the paint from adhering to the surface properly. If you’re worried about the paint fading over time, consider getting a primer instead.
Cover with airstones
If you want to add a modern look to your home, why not cover your concrete steps with stone? Adding stone to your concrete steps is an inexpensive and easy way to update the look of your home. The process can be completed in a few hours. The hardest part is waiting for the stone to dry. Here are some tips to make the process as smooth and easy as possible. You can also cover an existing concrete stair case with stone.
Add a railing
When adding a railing to wooden stairs over existing concrete steps, you need to take the measurements carefully. The steps should be parallel and the railing should be positioned so that the plates are one-half inch from the edge of each step. To start, drill starter holes through the end brackets of the railing. Once you’ve drilled them, place bolts through the holes and tighten them.
If you’re working with a limited budget, you can choose to install a railing made of wood. But while wood may look nice, it’s not as durable as metal. Metal is stronger and durable, and aluminum is an affordable option. Vinyl is also moisture-resistant, but it doesn’t look as attractive as wood. You can also install a railing over an existing concrete step, depending on your requirements.
Secure with rebar
Before attempting to install wooden step-over-concrete installations, it’s best to secure them with rebar. Unlike a stairway built on top of existing concrete steps, you can’t just pound nails into the ground. Instead, use screws and pre-drilled holes to secure your forms. Once in place, the rebar will keep the steps in place. Then, proceed to place the wood steps.
If you’re replacing concrete steps, you’ll need to make sure they’re secure. Before you start rebar-securing rebar-over-concrete steps, you’ll need to drill holes in the concrete and drive screws through them. Once the holes are drilled, you’ll need to clean the area. After that, you’ll need to paint the repair area and apply the adhesive. Next, use a steel trowel to smooth out the top surface of the new concrete, using the edge of the form as a screed. When you’re done, you’ll need to remove any loose pieces or cement.