What materials should I use for porch steps? How about step lighting?


Screen porch with EZE Breeze windows and pressure-treated wood steps

Screen porch with EZE Breeze windows and pressure-treated wood steps

What are the options and suggestions for porch steps coming out of a screen porch or covered deck?

The options are as follows:

1. Pressure-treated wood

2. Composite lumber

3. Brick

4. Concrete

5. Stone/ tile

The recommendations for Archadeck of Charlotte are based on budget, other materials on job, and finally function.

Simple wSimple wood deck with baroque style Deckorator Picketsood deck with baroque style Deckorator PicketsPressure-treated wood steps are going to be among the most price competitive alternatives from a budget standpoint. They work well with screen porches and covered decks. Since there is no roof over the steps, composite lumber will hold up better and will require very little maintenance. If you have a brick foundation wall or skirt, it is very attractive to match the existing brick with your new steps. The same is true of the concrete and stone steps. The most common solution in the NC/SC markets are either composite lumber or pressure-treated wood. Low-voltage riser lights can add both beauty and safety to your porch stairway. To see design photo examples, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

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