London is a City steeped in architectural history. The concentration of period homes with 3,4,5 and even 6 stories is very high, especially in the inner city areas. The majority of these period houses have been built with a large set of feature steps leading up to the front door. These steps form a grandiose, imposing feature and when constructed using the finest natural stone they also make a bold architectural statement. The most popular materials for these types of steps are Portland Limestone & Yorkstone (sandstone). These two materials are durable and stain resistant as well as being relatively easy to cut and profile. The most common profile used on entrance steps is the bullnose. This is when the leading edge of the step tread is rounded off into semi-circle shape. This is done for a number of reasons:
1. It looks good
2. Sawn stone can be sharp. Rounding it off reduces the risk of injury by falling onto the sharp edge, or catching footwear or clothes on the pronounced edge.
3. Prevents Chipping. Cut stone with a pronounced edge can be liable to chip. Especially in a step situation which will receive high volumes of concentrated foot traffic.
Investing in this type of project will add style and value to your home and business and the sheer range of stone available today means that there is a type of stone out there to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. Click here to see the range of options for entrance steps for your London period property
Director London Stone