Broken concrete stoop - repair or replace?

We had a vehicle hit the front of our house and it damaged the stoop out front. The stoop was old, the top was concrete with some 8x8x2(or so) concrete tiles on top. Some of the tiles are chipped, others are broken. The stoop still is solid except for these areas.
Now that we're installing the door we need to plan for the stoop replacement. It's 4x7.
There are several ways we can do this: 1) rip up the old stoop and replace it with a concrete one, brushing it for effect. 2) rip up the old stoop and replace it with a brick one. 3) rip up the old stoop and replace it with a concrete base but use brick on top. 4) rip up the old stoop and replace it with a concrete base but use quarry tiles.
The stoop faces west and gets afternoon sun. At noon about 12" of it is shaded, the rest exposed. No sun in the morning.
What would be the best option for us? I sort of like the brick look since it would match the house (which was built in '23). Concrete would suffice since all of the other stoops on the street are concrete (some plain, most are painted).
For #3 or #4, would pavers work ok?
I'll probably have to source this out as I'm about to leave the area for 2.5 months.
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I assume the drivers insurance is paying? That happened in our family years ago. Its very likely Insurance will have LOTS to say:( May ONLY replace exactly whats there.
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Replacement value of what is there, yes. They estimated 300 as a value for it. I complained enough to get some padding in the payout, which will be enough to get a nicer front door. One person said "buy 4 tiles and hire a mexican mason for 20 bucks to replace the tiles". This is the guy who had a big W sticker on his truck. ;)
Their estimate for repair was 80 something dollars but agreed to 300 and change.
Once it's all settled I'll share my experiences with the company we're dealing with. It's been a PITA, going on 2 months. Just a hint though...avoid Enterprise Rent a Car. ;)
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I doubt any stoop replacement would be $80. I would have thought the insurance company would take care of everything. And yes, do avoid Enterprise Rent-A-Car--the charges exceeded 3X the "special rental deal" cost.
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I did a double check and the concrete "tiles" are actually not tiles....it's been formed.
If I broke the top layer off, could a layer of concrete be poured, one that would last a while?
They are paying for everything, they don't think the stoop needs to be replaced, just fixed. I'll send them pictures of the formed top to show 'em.

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a concrete stoop with joints in it that resemble a tile pattern if this is the case you would not be able to remove a "layer".
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wrote:

10 bags concrete $50 or so. Gas to get it and return - $50. Nope. 80 bucks ain't gonna cut it just for the materials!
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Once there is an agreemrent what the insurance will pay, why would it object to the homeowner spending more? The insurance company just pays what it agreed to, and the homeowner pays the rest. Isn't that fair and how things work?
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We really need pictures of both the house and details of the broken parts.
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3) rip up the old stoop and replace it with a concrete base but use

would be in keeping with the age of the house. You can use "split brick pavers" (these are real bricks split NOT concrete PAVERS) If money is an issue you can have the concrete poured to accomidate the paver thickness (which is the way they should do it anyway) and do the pavers at a later date. Note; quarry tiles still are very slick when wet and are more exspensive than brick, full or splits. Another option is that if the concrete is in good condition just remove the "tiles" and put the brick on top. At 2" thick they are probably sitting on atleast 3/4 or so of a mortar bed that gives you almost 3" to fill back in, common red brick are about 2 1/4" thick plus a bed and your there..or if you go with used brick (age of the house) they are slightly thicker... cas wrote:

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cas wrote:

oh REALLY? and what is your address, what date are you leaving?
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