A typical stone step relies on a single unit, a large block of stone that acts as both tread and riser. Bull-nosed steps constructed from Irish blue limestone. Also note in the photograph the use of a landing halfway up the flight, and the provision of a handrail. The steps in these photographs have been built using reclaimed bricks and reclaimed Yorkstone flags. It's often used on older buildings or where a more imposing look is required, such as on important civic and corporate buildings and landscapes. A fall of is usually regarded as a minimum, so, a mm wide step should have at least 8mm of fall, preferably mm. Granite in various hues is probably the most commonly specified stone, because it's incredibly hard-wearing and decorative, but sandstone, yorkstone, limestone, whinstone or portland stone a form of limestone may also be used, as well as other rock types. A solid step, ie, one cast in concrete, or where the 'hollow' is filled with a concrete or other fill material, can be isolated by incorporating some form of a damp barrier between the step and the wall. Brick-built steps are constructed using standard bricklaying skills.
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