I have a 1911 property with a stone? back door step which is worn and either crumbled or cracked.

A few years back a plasterer did a repair and think skimmed it, but needs doing again.

I had a Google around and Toupret exterior masonry repair filler had good reviews, as well as U-can repair steps concrete repair from B&Q.

I can do most things and am happy to give this a go.

I think the step needs an angle adding or building up so the water runs away also.

Any advice or thoughts much appreciated.

Pictures Added



Here is the step from inside and outside.

Also photos of windowsills, also needing work to help with type of stone.


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    Can you provide a picture? Be careful with stairs.
    – JACK
    Commented Sep 21, 2019 at 20:22

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Absolutely you can repair it! A photo would be helpful to give us a idea what is needed, etching and adding a new layer or maybe a thin stone veneer to help it look original. I have etch granite steps that were worn over 100 years a thin layer of mortar holding a 1/4 inch granite slab on top of the steps was approved and later awarded for a restoration project on a Vicky, ( one of about a dozen things that were mentioned in the award) but this was decades ago. The same process will still work.

  • Thanks for sorting my post Daniel and Graham!
    – CB 2019
    Commented Sep 22, 2019 at 20:34
  • Can anyone please let me know the best options or what to use to repair this?
    – CB 2019
    Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 19:21
  • First I would go to a monument place (the ones that do headstones) take the measurements and order a plate to fit the threshold then I would chip out the past repairs . After the surface is cut down to the original or slightly lower level I would put thinset down with a notched trowel lay the new stone threshold and make sure it is positioned correctly, clean up any thinset that may have squished out and let it set up over night . I could the monument place in my town was the best place to get unusual shaped granite in different colors. A counter top place usually has much thicker but possible
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 22:51
  • Just about any tile could be used and may be cheaper but tile and stone will outlast plasters and mortar only mixes
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 22:53
  • Ok thanks, the thinset on the top and make good around the edges and the inside part? Is the Toupet exterior masonry repair filler a good one?
    – CB 2019
    Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 10:56

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