Pinterest and Instagram abound with images of cute front steps. Many of those ideas focus on things you put on your steps, from whimsical planters to lighting, but let’s take a moment to talk about the actual steps. Your front steps serve as the entrance way to your home. Everyone sees them from the road, making them a vital part of your home’s curb appeal. Great front steps are visually appealing, as well as fully functional.
As Framingham custom deck builders, we build a lot of front steps. We strongly recommend having your front steps built using either composite or PVC decking: these green materials are extremely durable, making them suitable for the high traffic area. Choosing composite decking for your front steps means you never have to worry about insect damage – termites, carpenter ants, and other bugs just aren’t interested in this stuff. Added bonus? Composite and PVC front steps resist mold and mildew growth. Good news if anyone has allergies!
Color is a huge consideration when creating your front steps. There are so many options, from the bright and cheerful to traditional subdued shades. Porch and entranceways are an area where many Framingham homeowners are more comfortable with bold color: a small, bright pop of color can attract the eye and put a smile on your visitors’ faces!
From a design perspective, you want front steps that are steady and easy to climb. Wide treads are particularly smart choice for families with small children or anyone with mobility or balance issues. Rails can be installed along the sides as well as down the middle of the staircase. Rails can also be made of PVC or composite to keep your maintenance workload to an absolute minimum: all it takes is a periodic spray from the hose to keep your porch looking great.