Precast Concrete vs. Steel Dock Stairs

At Unit Step, we understand the importance of providing and maintaining safety on the job while also staying within a budget. That’s why we have two different material options for loading dock stairs for warehouses in the Indianapolis area. Today, we are discussing the difference between precast concrete stairs and steel stairs, so you can choose which is best for your warehouse.

Precast Concrete Vs. Steel Dock Stairs

Strength and Durability

Both concrete and steel stairs are strong and durable and will make sturdy, reliable stairs for your warehouse. Steel stairs may be stronger as they have high tensile strength, meaning they are resistant to breaking under tension. However, concrete can still withstand very heavy loads and high impact, and they have the added bonus of not rusting under wet conditions. Concrete is also fire-resistant, it can absorb vibrations, and it retains heat, making it the ideal choice for hospital or school staircases.

Aesthetics and Design

Aesthetically, you have more options with steel stairs than with concrete. Steel frame stairs can be customized and shaped into a variety of designs, and they are seen to be more modern and contemporary. They can also be designed with open rises, which will let in more light and make the area look more spacious. Concrete stairs have fewer design options but are still quite beautiful because of their precast, smooth finish.


Finally, both steel and concrete stairs are quite easy to maintain. Outdoor steel stairs should be galvanized to prevent rusting and corrosion, and they can be easily washed off with a power washer. However, if the steel is powder-coated, it’s best to use a mop or sponge to avoid damaging the finish. Likewise, concrete stairs only need to be swept and power washed to remove any grime or dirt. You should be able to easily remove any dirt or spills without the risk of damaging the concrete.

No matter which material you choose, Unit Step can provide you with high-quality precast concrete or steel dock stairs that will last for years to come. Our products are safe, durable, and economical. Contact us at (317) 357-4552 or request an estimate online. Located in Indianapolis, IN, we serve the lower 48 states with custom concrete products. We offer pickup, shipment, and regional installation nearby in Lafayette, Bloomington, Cincinnati, and other nearby cities.