Concrete Steps: Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Concrete Steps

One of Del Zotto Products’ most popular forms is our concrete step form. Many of our customers have questions about concrete steps. Check out the most frequently asked questions about them and their answers below.

How Far Down Do I Need to Excavate to Lay the Groundwork for Concrete Steps?

In most cases, you need only to dig down about 6 to 8 inches. In areas with colder climates, you’ll want to dig down 18 to 20 inches. This depth will insulate the foundation of the steps against the ice and snow.

How Expensive and Durable are Concrete Steps?

In terms of expense and durability, concrete steps are second to none. Although they cost approximately $300 per step, they will last for years to come.

Can I Install the Concrete Steps Myself?

Installing Concrete Steps is a Labor-Intensive Job

While technically you could install the concrete steps yourself, it is not recommended. The nature of the work is labor-intensive and detail-oriented. The job is best left to a professional installer.

What is the Curing Time for Concrete Steps?

Concrete Steps Usually Take 24 Hours to Dry

Depending on weather conditions, concrete steps will usually be cured (or dried) and safe to walk on within 24 hours. Of course, inclement weather will increase the wait time. When in doubt, wait longer than you think is necessary to ensure optimum quality and safety conditions.

What Makes the Best Sub-Layer for Concrete Steps?

When choosing a material for the sub-layer of concrete steps, we recommend going with crush and run materials typically used in base layers. If you live in an area that experiences temperatures below freezing, you’ll need to add an extra 12-inch sub-base below that to prevent heaving and moisture from pressing up on the concrete steps.

It’s easy to see why these stairs are so appealing. If you’ve had questions about concrete steps, we hope we’ve been able to answer some of them here. If you have more questions about concrete steps or forms for concrete steps, get in touch with Del Zotto Products using our contact form or through social media.