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What's a precast concrete basement stairs again? And what about precast concrete stairs?

What's a precast concrete basement stairs again? And what about precast concrete stairs? What comes to our mind when we hear the compound words precast concrete basement stairs and precast concrete stairs? Quite a mouthful, isn't it? Of course, we can obviously point out that they are staircases made out of concrete; we can also say that the first keyword is a staircase built in the basement. But then, is that the correct way of defining these two home improvement objects? It would be best if these two items are properly explained.

Between the two terms, let's put our focus on the definition of the precast concrete basement stairs. In one article from a concrete cutting website (n.d.), the site started off by mentioning the reference of the term precast concrete. Regarding this type of concrete, it is defined as concrete material going through the process of mixing, forming, and vibrating in a controlled plant - before it is being shipped to abundant consumers for installation. In terms of quality and durability, precast concrete is comparable to conventional concrete in terms of quality; however, some consider the former type of concrete even more durable than the latter type.

There are a number of products wherein precast concrete is used as a foundation, including the precast concrete basement stairs. This type of staircase possesses the typical function as a mode of access between the basement and the ground level; but then, having a staircase made out of concrete is more durable than a staircase made out of wood. Also, this type of basement staircase possesses the advantage of being waterproof - this staircase, when constructed, will add a so-called a water-tight egress to the basement. This advantage may be beneficial, especially when the staircase leads to the exit towards the outside of the residential or commercial building.

Let's move on to the second term, which is the precast concrete stairs. Because this type of staircase is also made up of precast concrete - and given the definition of precast concrete already stated, there's no need to define this staircase type further. Instead, there is a slight difference between the concrete basement stairs and the concrete stairs: the basement staircase is for access between the basement and the ground-level (mostly to the outside), while the concrete staircase is as ordinary as it looks (this can be constructed as a typical first-floor-to-second-floor kind of staircase).

As for the advantages of having a precast concrete stairs, one site article entitled Precast Concrete Steps (n.d.) mentioned one benefit, with the concrete staircase less likely to settle due to its light weight. Also, the weight of the stair steps are distributed in an evenly fashion, which significantly reduces movement caused by the steps whenever they are being stepped on. If the so-called settling does happen, the concrete stair steps will simply manipulate themselves, and reset after the settling ends.

Again, it is considered too easy to say that the precast concrete basement stairs and the precast concrete stairs are made up of precast concrete - a manufactured concrete material known for its surprisingly decent quality. But let's free ourselves to saying it anyway, considering that they have similarities with each other.

References:
Shea Concrete Products Inc. (n.d.) Precast concrete steps. Retrieved on April 24, 2011, from http://www.sheaconcrete.com/concrete-steps.
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