Build stone steps to make the best use of your outside space. Different levels in the garden need to be connected to make a safe and clear route to move through the garden. That’s not to say that this needs to be done in a formal way. Sometimes a slope will suffice, sometimes steps are required. The gradient and the length of the slope will dictate whether garden steps or a slope is best. Find out the best material to use and the basic method to build stone steps here
When stone steps are required we advise buying a product specifically made for use as a step tread, rather than compromising with a paving slab. There are a number of reasons for choosing a specific step tread over a standard paver:
Pitfalls of using a standard paving slab for building stone steps
Recommended material for building Stone Step Treads
At Stoneworld we recommend using Extra Thick Sandstone for creating stone step treads.
Being 50mm thick, it is very substantial and hardwearing. This gives a pleasing finish to any landscaping job, and it creates a safe and sturdy surface that will endure for many years.
It is available in several sandstone variations to match different styles of paving.
Extra Thick sandstone hand cut with a straight fettled edge matches hand cut Indian sandstone with a riven surface. The front facing edge is not sharp as it has been hand fettled to be virtually straight, but still has a undulating surface edge which fits in which the style of the paving. Extra thick hand fettled sandstone is available in Raj Green or Fossil Mint, the step treads are available in 2 sizes:
For smooth surfaced step tread choose a sawn and sandblasted, or a honed step tread. This style of step tread features a bullnosed front edge which is softly rounded:
Raj Green Sawn and Sand Blasted Extra Thick Sandstone for step treads, wall copings and terrace edging
Yellow Mint and White Mint Sandstone Extra Thick Sandstone for step treads, wall copings and terrace edging
Sizes: 900mm x 600mm x 50mm
Honed: sawn on 6 sides for a clean contemporary look with a low sheen smooth surface
How to Build Garden Steps using Extra thick Stone Step Treads: