The average homeowner might not give too much thought to exterior steps leading to outdoor recreation areas, such as pools, patios, and walkways. Traditionally, paving stones, concrete slabs, and gravel were the materials of choice for installing hard-working, durable exterior steps that would last for years in a wide range of conditions and weather.
Today, however, all of that has changed, as new materials and new ways to use them are becomingly increasingly popular. For example, modern concrete exterior steps can add an important and eye-catching architectural element to a house and are suitable for many applications. They are relatively inexpensive to produce and install, which is why they are becoming more and more popular with manufacturers.
Exterior Steps are ideal for properties that are built on sloping ground or on a hill, although this requires careful planning by a professional landscape designer. Concrete exterior steps can be designed, textured, and colored in almost endless varieties to provide a unique look to your property. However, to ensure stability and resilience, it’s important to include a substrate and infrastructure designed and installed to support the concrete steps. Good drainage is also important to protect the foundation stone from rain and snow melt.
Concrete is only one option. Today, there is a breathtaking variety of manufactured pavers available that enable exterior step designs that were previously impossible to create at a reasonable cost. Now they’re affordable for budgets of all sizes. Brick, river stone, flagstone, and other materials – used alone or in creative combinations – offer more design and installation ideas for stairways that are both beautiful and functional. The only limitation is your imagination.
Exterior steps provides a number of benefits, including:
- Durable, safe access to your outdoor recreation areas
- Adds an appealing design element
- There are variety of materials to choose from
- Adds value to your property
To discuss exterior step design ideas and get an estimate, contact the hardscape design experts here at Manning Tree and Landscape.