If you live in the city, you may not have a porch. You may instead have a stoop. This is a raised structure in front of your home with several stair and a railing that leads to the entrance. Unlike a porch, a stoop is without a roof. It is a spot where people in close-knit urban communities socialized.
Friends, children, and passing relatives may hang out and relax in front of your stoop. These sturdy and well-designed stairways can be quite beautiful and add to the aesthetic of certain neighborhoods. You may put out small pieces of furniture on your stoop or flower pots. These are the sorts of things that can make a stoop even more appealing as a social space.
Although most stoops are made of quite sturdy material, they are still subject to wear and tear. Some stoops are very old—well past their prime. Yours may be one of them. It may not be possible to repair the discrepancies you spot in your stoop. You may have to replace the structure altogether.
Here are a few signs that it is time to replace your stoop: