Small steps to big impact: How to create decorative outdoor steps to boost curb appeal, by EP Henry

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Steps and walkways lead the eye to the front entrance of the home. And while they should play an important role in the overall curb appeal of landscape, steps are often ignored in design plans.

The design of outdoor stairways is finally getting the attention it deserves. No longer are plain concrete or railroad ties the only options for outdoor steps. Beautiful, decorative wall block, caps and natural-looking pavers and treads improve an stairway’s: outdoor stairway's form, function and curb appeal.

Steps and walkways lead the eye to the front entrance of the home. And while they should play an important role in the overall curb appeal of landscape, steps are often ignored in design plans. Poured concrete steps or basic wood stairways are the common entrance solution because of their low cost.

But building a stunning set of ornamental steps won’t necessarily break the budget. Segmental hardscaping products are beautiful, affordable, and can create breathtaking and strong steps that endure years of freeze/thaw cycles. Poured concrete can crack and wood can rot and split. Block step structures are typically installed on a minimum 6” deep base of stone, giving the structures room to expand and contract in response to extreme temperature fluctuations. Decorative wall block and caps are individual units that can be easily replaced if ever they become badly stained or damaged. There is no need to remodel the entire stairway if one or two parts need replacing.

The sky’s the limit on today’s numerous design options, as hardscaping products allow greater flexibility and customization than poured concrete or wood. Step structures can be attractions in themselves; they don’t have to be merely functional objects interrupting the flow of the landscape. With segmental hardscape products like decorative block and wall caps, a homeowner can use texture, color and structure to highlight the stairway and emphasize the home’s entrance. A narrow staircase can fan out at the base, adding grandeur to an otherwise forgettable space. A long set of stairs can be broken up into a few flights with landings. Decorative wall block and caps can elevate a small set of stairs into a stunning gateway to the home.

Transforming a basic, builder-grade outdoor stairway into a premium Hardscape space is a great way to give the home the curb appeal it deserves. With the help of a trusted and reputable manufacturer that offers a lifetime guarantee for their products, a homeowner can explore all the many gorgeous options for transforming a few steps into a fabulous feature.

About EP Henry®

EP Henry® is the oldest American family-owned and operated manufacturer of unit concrete products in North America. Based in Woodbury, New Jersey, EP Henry manufactures a wide range of Hardscaping™ paving stone and retaining wall products, including their new line of ColorTech™ integrally sealed paving stones. ColorTech™ provides “Advanced Protection. Enhanced Color.™" EP Henry also offers beautiful patio pavers, outdoor kitchen kits, garden wall solutions and more to homeowners throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. For more information on EP Henry Hardscaping products, visit EPHenry.com or call 800-44-HENRY (800-444-3679).

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