Building outdoor wooden steps requires a clear, level area. Start by removing shrubs and plants from the spot where the steps will be located, which could be alongside the house, a porch, or a deck. Next, level the ground and build up low spots with fill dirt so the area slopes away from the house.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to build wood front steps?
Installing hardwood stairs costs approximately $100 to $200 per step, including labor and materials. Assuming that the stair case has 17-20 stairs, that's a total estimated cost of $1,700 to $4,000.
How do you seal wood steps outside?
For waterproofing wood stairs, choose a sealer designed for exterior applications. Look for the phrase "water repellent" instead of simply "waterproof." A clear water repellant sealer will guard wooden stairs from water, UV rays and mildew. Reapply sealer once every year to maintain its water repelling ability.