Prices for natural stone stairs consist of three parts

The raw materials for natural stone stairs are mined worldwide and come in a variety of grades and optics. Gneiss, granite, marble, quartz stone, quartz composite stone, slate and travertine are the usual natural rocks that are used in staircase construction. Large price differences arise from the raw material itself as well as the further processing.

Each type of rock available in many price ranges

Unlike many other materials, natural stone prices are determined not only by physical quality, but also by factors such as mining and transport costs, supply and, above all, demand. Of the common types of rocks, all species are available in almost any price range. Expensive granite can be more expensive than marble and quartz composite stone exceeds some travertine.

A non-negligible cost factor is the "dosage form" of the stair elements. If the steps are to form a solid staircase, the increased demand for stone comes with the need for heavy equipment to move the stones.

Standard dimensions save money

In the majority of cases a natural stone staircase is covered with stone. The necessary plates or tiles are usually moved by two people and have strengths of two to five centimeters. By adapting to standard steps, which are made by natural stone works and quarries, significantly lower prices can be achieved than for custom-made products.

Who wants to build a garden staircase made of natural stone, should pay attention to the size and thus the weight of the largest and heaviest parts of the stairs. Classic dimensions are one-meter-wide steps, under which a concrete staircase is poured, the width of which falls below at least twice the natural stone slab thickness. This allows the lateral covering of the concrete staircase.

Price margins for natural stones

The prices are advertised in units or square meters, in the purchase of small quantities rarely in kilograms or tons. In the following price ranges, the majority of natural rocks per square meter are available in staircase-suitable thicknesses:

  • Granite from 30 to 90 euros
  • Marble from 50 to 150 euros, also up to 1000 euros possible
  • Travertine from 40 to 80 euros
  • Gneiss from 25 to 60 euros
  • Slate from 30 to 90 euros
  • Quartz stone from 20 to 40 euros
  • Quartz composite stone from 10 to 40 euros

Clearly different from these price ranges down offers should be carefully examined. In particular, Asian manufacturers are exploiting natural rock in the quarries. The products can thus contain hardly visible hairline cracks, which can lead to breakage when the natural stone staircase is subsequently loaded.

Tips & Tricks

When calculating a natural stone staircase, you should deduct proportionally one-third of labor costs from the one-third material costs and one-third of the transportation and handling costs.

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