Putting Flagstone Steps in will also cost you a few more dollars. The steps have to be pre cut by the stone yard and the yard will charge you more.
Depending on the mason, they might charge you more money. We charge the same amount for square footage for flagstone steps as we do for a normal pad. That is because we don't have to mess with cutting the steps ourselves.
Depending on the stone yard, you could cut the risers yourself or have them do it.
Risers can only be 1/2" thick, so they are very easy to cut with a Masonry Saw. (See "Cutting Flagstone" for some tips on cutting.)
If you cut the risers yourself make sure you have room for a joint in the risers. It looks much better with a joint rather than one long piece under your flagstone steps.
Instead of installing risers, you could use strip stones.
I wouldn't do it if you're not familiar with laying bricks or blocks, but it is an option for you if you want somebody to install it for you. It looks really nice!!
Installing the steps is the same as with any other pad. (If you want to learn how to install click here. )
You need to make sure the water falls away from the house and that the joints are "rougly" evenly spread.
Tucking the joints is a little bit different and I'll explain that below.
Dry lay the risers in as you see in the graphic above.
You'll notice that we have several joints along the risers.
When you install the risers make sure you wet the foundation with water and apply cement on both the wall and the stone.
That makes the stone stick better and the cement dry stronger.
It is also better to go on ahead and tuck the joints in with mortar before setting the steps.
The risers will be messy, but you can sponge that off.
We usually wait thirty minutes or so before sponging the risers, so they get a chance to set up.
You tuck in the same way you would a normal pad (See Day Three .)
Where you will have a difference with Tucking In is when you come to the ends. There is nothing there to support the cement you are tucking in.
To overcome that, make sure the cement is fairly dry and hold your hand under the joint. If you are delicate like a baby, the mortar will stick.
Once it sticks, don't touch it for an hour and it will set up long enough for you to sponge and polish it.After you clean the steps, you will be very happy on how the risers and steps look!
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