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How Much Does It Cost To Install Bluestone Steps?

Typical range: $21,148-$26,600

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For your project in zip code 20149 with these options, the cost to install bluestone steps starts at $70.49-$88.67 per square foot. Your actual price will depend on job size, conditions, finish options you choose.

Bluestone steps are prized for their durability and attractive hue. The material is especially popular in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley where this type of feldspathic sandstone is quarried. Bluestone is featured extensively at Princeton University, Cornell University and the White House Rose Garden. It also forms the iconic team logo at Yankee Stadium's Monument Park museum.

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Standard ServicesQuantityLowHigh
What you can expect
Range per square foot:$70.49$88.67
Range for this type of project:$21,148$26,600
Estimate: $23,874
Bluestone Steps Cost
320
square feet
$3,254$4,909
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Cost of residential-grade, solid bluestone steps with sawn or thermal edges, 16" depth, and 6" thickness. Rate is inclusive of local delivery, as well as standard excess for perfect installation and occasional repairs.
Bluestone Steps Labor, Basic
274
hours
$17,699$21,453
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Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete installation. Area to be paved will be laid out, marked, and excavated. 4" base gravel, edge border, and 2" of bedding sand will be laid. Stone will be assembled, set, and leveled, and polymer-modified sand added to joints. Rate is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Bluestone Steps Job Supplies
320
square feet
$138$157
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Requisite supplies for the job, including cutting and grinding materials, mortar, and reinforcement.
Bluestone Steps Equipment Allowance
1
job
$57$80
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Daily rental of specialty equipment that maximizes the quality and efficiency of the work. These include a 115V wet masonry saw, 5-cubic-foot mortar box, and small plate compactor. Consumable equipment elements not included.
Optional Services
Option: Slab Excavation
6
hours
$407$493
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Existing sidewalk, slab, or driveway will be excavated with hand tools to a uniform depth (up to 8") below final surface level. Excavation material will be distributed on site.
Standard services
Bluestone Steps Cost
$3,254 -$4,909
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320
square feet
Cost of residential-grade, solid bluestone steps with sawn or thermal edges, 16" depth, and 6" thickness. Rate is inclusive of local delivery, as well as standard excess for perfect installation and occasional repairs.
Bluestone Steps Labor, Basic
$17,699 -$21,453
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274
hours
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete installation. Area to be paved will be laid out, marked, and excavated. 4" base gravel, edge border, and 2" of bedding sand will be laid. Stone will be assembled, set, and leveled, and polymer-modified sand added to joints. Rate is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Bluestone Steps Job Supplies
$138 -$157
arrow_drop_down
320
square feet
Requisite supplies for the job, including cutting and grinding materials, mortar, and reinforcement.
Bluestone Steps Equipment Allowance
$57 -$80
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1
job
Daily rental of specialty equipment that maximizes the quality and efficiency of the work. These include a 115V wet masonry saw, 5-cubic-foot mortar box, and small plate compactor. Consumable equipment elements not included.
Optional Services
Option: Slab Excavation
$407 -$493
arrow_drop_down
6
hours
Existing sidewalk, slab, or driveway will be excavated with hand tools to a uniform depth (up to 8") below final surface level. Excavation material will be distributed on site.
What you can expect
Range per square foot:
$70 - $89
Range for this type of project:
$21,148 - $26,600
Estimate:
$23,874
Cost Comparison
YOUR ESTIMATE
$23,874

NATIONAL AVERAGE RANGE
$20,809 -$26,173
YOUR ESTIMATE

Install Bluestone Steps national average cost

The national average materials cost to install bluestone steps is $12.54 per square foot, with a range between $10.00 to $15.08. The total price for labor and materials per square foot is $78.30, coming in between $69.36 to $87.24. A typical 300 square foot project costs $23,491.33, with a range of $20,809.18 to $26,173.48. Your actual price will depend on your location, job size, conditions and finish options you choose.
cost to install bluestone steps
National Avg. Materials Cost per square foot$12.54
National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 300 square foot$23,491.33
National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 300 square foot$20,809.18 - $26,173.48

Advantages of Bluestone Steps

Due to its density and hardness, which measures approximately 7.0 on the Mohs scale, bluestone is ideal for high-traffic areas. These properties make it a natural choice for exterior applications, including entryway steps and patio stairs.

  • Although this popular natural stone is known for its distinctive blue-gray coloring, it often features shades of green, pink, violet and brown depending on the mineral content.
  • Thermally treated bluestone has a subtle pebbled surface that provides enhanced traction in all types of weather.
  • Slabs are available with tumbled, smooth-cut and hand-chiseled edges depending on the desired appearance.

Installation Cost Factors

The cost of the material depends on the number of steps and dimensions of the treads as well as the grade and thickness of the stone. Labor requirements vary substantially depending on whether the mason is starting from scratch, replacing existing stone slabs or covering preformed concrete steps with a stone veneer. Stairs that are built from fieldstone or bricks and topped with bluestone treads provide a high-end look. However, they cost more than other options.

Working With a Stonemason

Homeowners who don't have substantial masonry experience should consider hiring a licensed contractor to construct the stairs and install the bluestone slabs. Professionals have the tools needed to slice through concrete, remove existing mortar and cut the slabs to size without damaging the precious material. Masons will also ensure that the treads and risers are uniformly spaced for aesthetic purposes and safety reasons.

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