Long lasting and functional, best describes most concrete, brick and stone steps. They hold up to the weather and constant use when compared to wood steps.
Home inspectors often feel that in older homes, these are target rich for comments, since so many of them do not conform to current codes for steps, stairs and railings.
Safety is key
When it comes to steps and stairs, safety is important. Maintaining railings and steps is just part of a homes upkeep.
Stones that are loose should be re-secured. Concrete that has spalled or cracked should be patched. Railings that are loose or damaged should be repaired and if there are no safe railings, then they should be added.
Concrete and masonry contractors do this type of work. If metal railings are involved, then a welder is generally the one to do this type of work.
Who to consult? Depends. Whether the work is concrete, masonry, carpentry or iron work.
Concrete and masonry contractors do this type of work on concrete, stone and brick steps. If metal railings are involved, then a welder is generally the one to do this type of work. If the steps or railing is wood, then a carpenter will generally do these type of repairs. Also, qualified handymen will do much of this work.