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How to waterproof front steps

We have front steps leading up to our house, which are tiled. Water is getting into these concrete steps and then moving laterally into our basement. We've had quotes for damp proofing/ tanking etc for the basement but I'd rather start where the water gets in so would like to redo the front steps so that they're waterproof. I'm not sure if it's possible to take up the tiles, apply a layer of something on the steps, then relay the tiles. Or whether asphalting the steps might help. Or any other solutions? All ideas welcome. Many thanks

2 Answers from MyBuilder Driveway Pavers

Cover your steps with a suitable slab of your choice laid on a wet mix of mortar. The the gaps around the slabs should then be pointed using a wet mix of mortar and pressed tightly into the joints,a thus sealing your steps.

Have a look at my website to see a few examples of this.



Answered 16th Sep 2011

Coat your steps with hot bitumen like a flat roof construction then c lad steps using brick, paving slabs or block paving on a wet mortor mix and jointed


Answered 1st Oct 2011

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