Published Wednesday 8th of January 2014 // Updated Friday 19th of May 2017
Concrete stairs can be an important part of your home, depending on the layout. While many people choose to install wooden stairs, the concrete variety is gaining in popularity as they last significantly longer without the typical maintenance headaches presented by wooden stairs.
Concrete stairs will exhibit excellent strength and longevity simply by virtue of being made from concrete. However, they will not achieve their maximum strength potential unless they are treated with a concrete sealer. Concrete sealers are designed and manufactured to work in conjunction with many forms of concrete (all forms, actually, though each form will require a different type of concrete sealer).
Concrete stairs are likely found outdoors, exposed to the elements that can destroy them over the course of their lives. The degradation can be insidious, happening slowly over time without your knowledge, or the degradation can be overt and fast-acting, such as if your concrete stairs are affected by the freeze/thaw cycle. Water damage is one of the most devastating sources of damage that can plague concrete, and constant exposure to the outdoors means you have to take the necessary steps to protect your concrete from water, ice, snow, the sun, dirt, debris, and other potentially harmful by-products of weather.
A concrete water and deicing salt repellent like the Siloxa-Tek 8500 is the best choice for concrete stairs, especially if these stairs are located outside on a front entry way or in an in-between space, such as leading up to a basement bulkhead. The 8500 product is able to repel deicing salts that are commonly used on steps to protect the concrete from spalling, pitting, cracking and freeze-thaw cycle damage.The Siloxa-Tek 8500 fundamentally enhances the concretes longevity and lasts upwards of ten years before another application is needed. If you are also looking for stain protection from oils, greases and leaves an excellent option is the Siloxa-Tek 8505 (water based) or Siloxa-Tek 8510 (solvent based).