What Do I Replace My Cracked Terrazzo Steps With?
Terrazzo steps contain a metal rod running through them to ensure the strength and durability of the structure. However, like most things that age over time, they tend to crack. This is usually caused by a combination of two things: rust attacking the metal and pressure on the stone.
Australians have used terrazzo steps treads for door thresholds and as steps for over 60 years. There are over 95 variations and colours, so it’s not surprising that they are so tough to match and replace nowadays.
In saying this, there is still hope!
A variety of natural stone nosing options are available to replace terrazzo steps. Some of the popular choices include Granite Step Treads and Bluestone Step Treads, Slate Thresholds and many more.
You can replace your terrazzo with a variety of natural stone steps. Here is a list of the more popular choices:
1.Granite and Bluestone Steps:
These are both great options for replacing terrazzo steps. Both stones are very dense, slip-resistant and sport a plain and natural colour and character, which is ideal for a doorway location.
If longevity and darker matte tones are on your checklist, Granite steps treads and Bluestone steps treads are definitely your stones of choice. Depending on your taste and situation, they are available in sawn anti-slip P5 rating, P2 honed finish and P5 flamed finish.
* Honed Bluestone Slate Step Tread
2. Carrara Marble Step Tread and Slate Step Tread
If your house is more traditional or with a heritage design, you might prefer something in a lighter shade to complement your existing colour scheme. As such, the Carrara marble step tread will be your best choice and if darker colour with more depth then Slate step tread is another one used in heritage designs.
* Carrara Marble Step Tread
* Chinese Black Slate Step Tread
Stonemasons have used marble, and travertine, for thousands of years to craft countless historic buildings. Both stones are easy on the eyes and really classic materials to use around the home. You simply have to decide on the colour combination for your area, and we can help you if you run into any roadblocks.
Even though stone step treads are primarily crafted to be used as stone treads on stairs and stone doorsteps/thresholds, natural stone step treads can be used for a wide range of other purposes.
These versatile natural products are quite suitable for capping, pool coping and framing purposes. In saying that, most renovators use natural stone treads to add prestige to their outdoor stairs or front doorsteps.
Natural stone steps give a welcoming ambience to your front doorstep (or any other step for that matter). Moreover, they inspire a natural timeless feel and their sophisticated finish suits both modern and traditional decisions. Thus, they create an inviting appeal to your front doorstep or even garden path, making them the perfect alternative to terrazzo treads.
MAINTAINING YOUR NEW STONE STEPS
Once you have replaced your steps, it is important to distinguish which products are best to use without eroding the surface and to understand how to maintain them so they stand the test of time.
If you need any help replacing your terrazzo steps, we recommend Brendan Sweeney from Ecoterior – 0435 169 806
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