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Stone Stairs - Construction And Planning

Stone stairs are any stairway constructed entirely out of our partially with stones. This would include any stairs that use stones as part of the stair construction process. The picture below provides you with an example of a stairway that used stone tile for the treads and risers, but was not entirely built out of stones.

Why Aren't More Stairs Built Out Of Stones?

The biggest problem with stones is the fact that they're round and round objects don't provide flat surfaces. Do you think it would be easier to walk up flat or rounded steps?

If you do run across a stone staircase, there's a good chance that the steps are going to be built out of smaller stones, because larger ones are going to create uncomfortable, uneven and smooth steps. If you know anything about smooth steps that are uneven and uncomfortable, it doesn't take long to realize, that you've just created a safety hazard.


Stair Building And Designing Tip

I would like to point something out about the stone tile stairway in the picture above. If you're not interested in wasting your money, don't design a fancy stairway in a place where no one's going to see it.

This stairway sits behind a large shopping center and is only used by the property manager. I would imagine that it cost between $3000 and $6,000 to put the stone tiles on top of this set of stairs, that's only going to be used, a few times each week.

The property owner could have used different materials, that might even last longer, for a set of stairs that will rarely be used or seen. If the architect would have designed a different type of stairway, they could've save even more money and provided the owner with a better staircase.

Another problem with a stair design that's located behind large buildings is vagrants. It is not uncommon to find someone sleeping in these areas, especially if they're rarely used.


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