Steps enhance the beauty of a home’s front or back yard landscape. In residential front yards where steps may be connected to an entryway, we recommend laying granite as the step treads to eliminate the potential of water damage and heaving. This ensures a safe, even surface for year round use.
In backyard landscapes where a more casual atmosphere is sometimes appreciated, brick or natural stone can also be used for both risers and/or treads.
Front step entryways start with a solid, poured-in-place concrete footing that is pinned with rebar to the structure’s foundation for sturdiness. This durable construction also avoids settling and winter heaving that can compromise lesser made entryways.
Combinations of risers (the vertical part of the step) and treads (the horizontal part that is stepped on) can be used to accent the entryway. Common selections include brick risers with granite treads, natural stone or cultured stone risers with granite treads or even solid granite steps.
Landscape steps, also called steps-in-grade are built on a gravel footing laid into the grade. Solid granite steps are stacked and pinned in place together to avoid shifting during winter frosts. Natural stone steps are typically dry stacked.
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