We were recently hired to replace a front stoop in Cohoes. This particular stoop was in need of replacement because it was beyond repair. The top cracked, then the owner parged the top of it and accidentally pitched the landing towards the building, allowing water to get in. This caused the sill plate (which was made from regular wood, not pressure treated) to completely rot away, compromising the support of the entire structure. Needless to say, we had to replace the sill plate.
Rather than pouring new concrete steps, we sold the customer a set of precast stairs. These stairs have a better finish and are less expensive than a poured in place stoop. With the proper conditions, this is a great alternative to a stoop and will save customers thousands of dollars. to support the precast steps, we poured concrete into sono tubes, four feet into the ground. We then installed a concrete slab in front of the stairs for a landing as well as a concrete landing on top of the stairs. To finish the project, we installed new metal handrails on the top landing and stairs as well as a new pressure treated wooden handrail on the adjoining front side walk.
The result was beautiful, and better yet, will last the customers for years to come.