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How Much Do Stone Slab Steps & Treads Cost?

Typical Range: $1,000 - $12,000

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Stone Steps Cost

Installing stone steps typically costs around $2,200. However, that cost can range between $1,000 and $12,000 depending on type of material and size of project. Bluestone slab costs around $1,400 including installation. Granite can range as high as $12,000. Expect to pay between $400 and $8,000 for labor and installation alone.
Where you install the steps also matters. Patios, porches, decks, or hills in a landscape are common applications. More leveling and excavation results in costs on the higher end of the above ranges.
Hiring a pro is a popular choice for this project. A trusted expert can recommend and buy the right materials. They ensure reliable delivery, and secure installation. DIY is possible but requires masonry or concrete expertise.

Natural Stone Slab Steps Prices

The biggest influence on the $1,000 to $10,000 range is the slab you choose. Different options will hold up differently in the elements and offer unique advantages.
Prices by Type for a 25 Linear Foot Staircase
TypeMaterials
Per Linear Foot
InstallationAverage Total
Bluestone$15-$30$500-$1,200$900-$2,000
Granite$45-$95$4,000-$9,000$5,000-$12,000
Limestone$25-$50$700-$2,000$1,300-$3,250
Slate$30-$55$1,200-$4,000$2,000-$5,400
Sandstone$30-$50$1,000-$3,000$1,750-$4,500
Flagstone$15-$55$500-$4,000$900-$5,500
Concrete/Precast Cement$20-$65$800-$4,000$1,300-$6,000

Bluestone Slabs Prices

The $900 to $2,000 budget including labor and installation will result in a durable stairwell. A standard stairwell with 10 steps needs about 25 linear feet of slab at $15 to $30 per foot. Bluestone can withstand all weather, both cold and hot. It does get hot under direct sunlight. The many color and cut options make it one of the most popular natural stone alternatives for exterior landscaping.

Granite Steps Cost

At a range between $5,000 and $12,000, granite is best for high-budget projects. This rate assumes a 4 to 10-foot stairwell that requires between 10 and 25 linear feet of slab at $45 to $95 per foot. Granite is extremely durable for exterior use. Its heavy weight makes it sturdy and reliable once installed. High costs and regular maintenance needs put off home owners looking for low-maintenance, low-cost options.

Limestone Steps

The $1,300 to $3,250 budget depends on the quality of the limestone. Expect to pay between $25 and $50 per linear foot. Like granite, it is a heavy stone, making it difficult to install but reliable once situated. The material itself is soft and might not hold up as well in harsh elements.

Slate Slab

At $2,000 to $5,400, slate is a common choice. Each linear foot costs between $30 and $55. Its durability makes it attractive for exterior projects. Slate is naturally slip resistant, which makes it good close to swimming pools. It will not perform as well in wet areas, resulting in contraction and expansion and eventual cracks.

Sandstone Slab

Sandstone is a common medium budget option at a price between $1,750 and $4,500. At $30 - $50 per linear foot, it's durable. Color choices are limited, ranging from white to beige. The uniqueness of each tile means that no two paved areas will look the same. Like slate, it can absorb water over time, making it less ideal for wet climates.

Flagstone

The cost of flagstone ranges between $295 and $900 per ton, so you can expect to pay between $900 and $5,500 for a staircase. Per linear foot, that is about $15 to $55 for the slab. Some of the options above, such as bluestone, limestone, and slate, are types of flagstone. You can expect an attractive appearance. But it can crack more easily than some other materials.

Concrete/Precast Cement Slab

A range of $900 to $5,000 including installation will change significantly based on the choice you choose. Custom-poured concrete steps can cost $300 each for a standard 2-foot-deep, 10-inch-wide step. Longer and wider steps are more expensive. Precast cement is hollow in the middle and can be as little as $100 per step with lower labor prices. The former can fit in any space and will be more durable.

Other Rock Steps

Some homeowners choose rock alternatives to change the look or save budget. Brick steps land between $1,100 and $2,500 for material and labor. Visit our brick and stone wall cost guide for more information. Artificial stone is lightweight and needs little to no maintenance, at a cost between $800 and $2,000 for a typical project.
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Stone Step Installation Cost Factors

Expect to pay between $400 and $8,000 for stair installation alone. Where you fall on that range depends on several factors. As highlighted above, the type of stone matters. Granite needs careful handling, and pouring concrete is complex.
In addition to type, a few factors can play into your budget. The size of stairs, installation location, and the condition of the existing area will all play a role in the pricing.

Stair Size

Most outdoor stairs are between 2 and 3 feet wide, and between 10 and 16 inches deep. Larger stairs will cost more because you will need larger slabs. Each added step will increase installation rates. Width also matters, especially if it goes beyond the standard 2 feet. Most precut stones come in that size. If the material is pre-cut or precast but you need larger width, you might be able to fit two slabs next to each other to save on budget.

Stone Front Steps

The exterior location means you'll have to choose a stone that fits your climate. You might also need to remove existing steps, which may add up to $500 to your budget. Attractive but more expensive options like granite can affect the price.

Patio, Porch or Deck Stairs

Natural stone can add style when connecting exterior living with the outdoors. Pick an option that can withstand the elements. If your patio or deck includes a pool, slip resistance also matters. Sandstone and limestone provide good footing in wet conditions. Installing new stairs on an existing deck can raise rates because you might need to excavate land to make them fit. Stone steps can also increase the cost to build a deck or install a patio.

Basement Steps

Stone stairs can add some flair to exterior basement entrances. Like deck stairs above, you must consider your climate and the material you choose. Basement steps tend to be more standardized in size and type, which lowers installation costs. Most are about 2 feet wide, with a 7-inch riser height and a tread depth around 10 inches.

Building Landscaping Stairs on a Hill

This project is as much decorative as it is functional. Landscaping costs become a major consideration, especially once complete. You might also need to pay for excavation to prepare the area for the steps. Heavier (and more expensive) options work better here to stay in place during severe weather.
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Granite & Bluestone Treads Prices

Expect to pay between $10 and $60 per stair tread, or $200 to $1,200 for an entire exterior staircase. Treads cover existing steps to add a better look and protection for the unit. Using this choice also allows you to mix and match materials, such as concrete steps with granite treads.
Price of Stone Treads by Type
TypeCost Per TrendTotal Price Including Installation
Bluestone$10-$25$200-$500
Granite$30-$60$600-$1,200
Limestone$20-$50$400-$1,000
Slate$25-$40$500-$800
Sandstone$20-$40$400-$800
Flagstone$10-$50$200-$1,000

Adding Stone Treads over Concrete Stairs

Adding stone treads to your existing concrete stairs can range anywhere from $200 to $1,200. This project makes sense if you have well-functioning concrete stairs you don't want to replace. You might not have the budget a full stone replacement. Stone treads still add curb appeal, without taking away any functionality.
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FAQ

How Much Do Bluestone and Granite Pavers Cost, and Can I Use Them for Stairs?

Bluestone pavers cost between $4 and $9 per square foot, while granite tile ranges between $5 and $15 per square foot. Both are common types of natural stone for outdoor patios. You can use pavers as steps but must be careful to anchor them correctly to ensure reliability.

How Much Are Landscaping Stones?

Landscaping stones cost between $100 and $800 per ton. Use them alongside, but not as stairs. It makes sense to match the type you use for landscaping with your steps.

How Much Does It Cost to Build Outdoor Railing for Stone Steps?

Prices for outdoor railings range between $20 per linear foot for wood and $50 per linear foot for metal. Powder-coated metal railings are the most durable and tend to fit well with stones. For a wooden look with added durability, consider composite railing options.

What Does it Cost to Build Stone Steps off an Existing Stone Walkway?

Building stairs off an existing stone walkway will reduce your labor a bit, for a total between $800 and $8,000. Material costs are similar to other projects discussed here. Make sure your landscaping is prepared for the steps.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair Stone/Sandstone Steps?

Repairing your stone steps costs between $300 and $860. The material can scratch, chip, or come loose over time. Early maintenance when you see a problem means avoiding larger repairs when the problem gets worse.
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DIY Building Steps vs. Hiring a Pro

Building your own steps is possible, but complex. You need to know exactly how to measure the stone width, find the right materials, and cut them to size. The mortar has to be spread correctly. The pitch must be just right.
That's why in most cases, you should hire a stone mason. The greatest cost for this project is the materials, so you might not save much with DIY. Finding the right expert helps you complete the project on time, on budget, and in a way that's built to last.
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