Thats a loaded question, the structure is good its the finishing that has is need of attention. I will make the effort to do it the right way. I realized after typing this that without a concrete or limestone tread it will always become a maintanance concern. Being its a side door with very low traffic she got many years of life by just adding the Thoroseal on it time to time.How much time are you planning on putting in on a set of steps? Not many steps would take more then a day to build on most houses.