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How Much Does It Cost To Replace Or Install Concrete Steps?

Typical Range: $900 - $5,000

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Concrete Steps Cost

On average, concrete steps cost around $2,000. Most projects range between $900 and $5,000. Where your price falls depends on the number of steps and the size of the staircase you need. Pouring cement is about $300 per step at 2 feet wide and 11 inches deep, including materials and labor. The price of precast concrete stairs is only about $100 per step, including labor. When replacing an existing staircase, expect to pay between $400 and $700 for removal first.
Concrete steps are versatile. You can use them as interior or exterior basement access. They can help you get to your front door or patio. Pouring cement on your own is complex, and mistakes are difficult to reverse. For the sake of durability and safety, hire a pro for this project.

Prefab Concrete Steps Pricing

A precast set of stairs between 3 and 15 steps costs between $300 and $2,000 to purchase. This option is less than the price for poured cement, but not as flexible. Installation is faster. But they might not fit your specific space. Most products are hollow, decreasing rates but also durability. A number of factors affect total project budget.

Cement Quality

A low-grade cement step costs $200 while the highest possible quality averages at about $400, or about twice as much. The mixed ingredients are the biggest variable. High-grade concrete will last longer. Determine the quality and its impact on your budget before buying a prefabricated product. If you don't know how to judge quality, consult with a cement professional.

Size of Staircase

On average, expect to pay between $70 and $150 per step. The number of steps you need will affect the size of your staircase and your budget. Standard units are around 2 feet wide, but your project may differ. Wider or curved alternatives can increase your budget.

Solid vs. Hollow

Most precast units are hollow and range between $70 and $100 per step. A solid product is more durable, but also increases the price by about 40%, or $100 to $130 per step. A solid staircase is heavier and more durable but needs a bigger budget.

Coatings and Treads

You can find precast staircases with existing treads, which add about $100 to $500 to your project. Treads help to distinguish the unit and make it more visually appealing. On exterior steps, most common treads are natural stone. You can also pay for a cement coating at about $200 to $400. A coating will make your steps more durable and can improve slip resistance.

Delivery Prices

The cost to deliver prefab products is lower than the typical $1,400 to $5,600 price to deliver pre-mixed cement. Still, some of the same considerations apply. Because the transport can be complex with large units, you should consider this an extra budget item at around $200. Larger precast cement units, such as basement stairs, can range up to $300 for delivery alone.
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Cost to Pour a Concrete Staircase

Pouring your own concrete staircase ranges between $1,000 and $5,000. Building the unit from scratch allows you to customize it and can result in more durability. In exchange, you pay more. Several factors build up to your final product cost.
Costs for Pouring a 2 Foot by 11 Inch Concrete Staircase
ComponentPrice
Cement$200-$600
Labor$300-$800
Additional Materials$50-$200
Delivery$200-$400
Extra Features$150-$1,200
Building Permit$100-$1,000
Total$1,000-$5,000

Average Price to Install with Prefabricated Cement vs. Poured

Expect to pay between $500 and $1,500 to install your pre-purchased precast cement. The total precast cost of $800-$3,500 compares favorably to the $900 to $5,000 range for a custom-poured staircase when including materials and labor. The lower cost is the result of faster construction time and fewer materials needed.
Factors in Choosing Precast or Poured Cement
VariablePrefabricated CementCustom-Poured Concrete
Installation time2-5 hours1-2 days
Additional materials needednoneWooden framing boards, wire mesh or rebar
Durabilityless durablemore durable
Custom size optionsfew, standardized alternativesunlimited
Installation cost$500 to $1,500$1,000 to $5,000
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Other Cost Factors

Stair Treads, Railings, and Other Features

Adding features to your staircase can make it safer and more functional. Some of your options include:

Estimated Cost for Outdoor Stair Building Permits

Your budget for a building permit should be between $100 and $1,000 depending on location and type. Whether you need one depends on where you live. Most outdoor additions and structural renovations will require a permit from local authorities.

Cost to Replace Concrete Steps

Rates for replacing an existing staircase are between $1,400 and $5,700. That includes the $900 to $5,000 cost of a new unit, along with $400 to $700 for removal of the existing stairs. You can also replace an individual step instead of the entire unit, which ranges between $300 and $500 including labor.

Removal Prices & Considerations

Removing the existing concrete costs between $400 and $700 on its own. It also adds between 4 and 6 labor hours. Work with a pro who can properly break down the material, and safely dispose of it. Stairs attached to your foundation or any other structure require special care to avoid unintended damage.

Concrete Step Repair Costs

The rate to repair your stairs ranges between $20 and $800. It's a viable option when some damage exists, but you don't have the budget or need for complete replacement.
You can patch concrete for as little as $20 with a DIY kit. More comprehensive options include professional labor and fresh concrete, which costs more. A new coating can increase the durability and safety of the cement for between $200 and $400.
Consult with a pro to repair your cracked concrete staircase
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Concrete Steps Cost Calculator by Use

The $900 to $5,000 price of an install partially depends on where you're using the steps. Indoor vs. outdoor matters, as does the size, which is closely connected to its use.

Precast Basement Bulkhead Stairs

Expect to pay between $1,500 and $5,000, including installation. Anytime new exterior steps lead to your basement, you need a bulkhead to keep the structure sound. That complicates installation, but ensures your home and foundation remain safe.

Front Porch Steps

A custom pour job costs between $1,200 and $2,500 in most cases. Because of the standard size and straight line, prefab cement is a popular alternative. At the same time, the added durability of poured cement makes sense for front porch steps that must hold up to the elements.

Installing off a Patio or Deck

The cost to install a concrete patio increases by $1,500 to $2,500 if you add custom cement stairs. Most options have few steps, which lowers the price. If you choose precast material, ensure a strong connection to your patio to avoid separation over time.

Landscape Stairs

Stairwells in landscaping are often smaller, which explains their $900 to $2,000 range. It's common to have just 3-5 steps to bridge a small hill. More expensive options extend up to 10 or more steps.

Indoor Cement Stairs

Inside the home, cement is most often used for basement access at a budget between $1,000 and $4,000. Both precast and custom poured options are possible. Basement stairs require up to 20 or 25 individual steps in many homes.

FAQ

How Much Does It Cost to Build Other Exterior Stairs?

Generally speaking, prices for exterior stairs range between $800 and $10,000. Base your budget on the material you choose for the project.
Exterior Staircase Cost by Type for a 10-Step Staircase
Staircase MaterialTotal Cost
Wood$1,000 - $3,000
Brick$1,100 - $2,500
Metal$2,000 - $5,000
Natural Stone$1,000 - $10,000
Artificial Stone$800 - $2,000

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Railing on a Concrete Step?

Expect to pay between $20 and $50 per linear foot for most types of railing. Including installation, that results in a total rate between $500 and $1,250 for 10 to 25 total linear feet of railing. Wood is a popular material and comes with lower rates. Metal is more expensive, but results in higher durability.

What Do Precast Concrete Stair Treads Cost?

Most treads range between $30 and $70 per unit when bought individually. A budget between $200 and $800 for a 5 to 10 step staircase includes installation. Because the cement is already poured, installation rates and time will be low.

How Do You Make Old Concrete Stairs Look Better?

Aging cement does not always warrant replacement. Resurfacing concrete ranges between $300 and $600 for most staircases. The cost of sealing the concrete increases that budget by $100 to $300. Resurfacing and sealing makes the material more durable and able to withstand all elements.
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DIY Building vs. Hiring a Pro

You can pour the cement yourself if you know exactly how to prepare the site and take on the project. Excavation, building the frame, and reinforcing the structure through rebar will have to be exact. You can also take on smaller projects, like patching cracks and sealing the concrete.
If you lack that experience, hiring a concrete contractor is a better choice. They can make sure everything is built to last and won't move or crack over time. A pro will also make sure that the footing can support the staircase for the foreseeable future.
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