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Cut steps
Sandstone

At the Centre de Pierres Mirabel, you will find four types of steps:

  • Natural
  • Guillotined
  • Cut
  • Sawn and flamed

 

We select first grade natural stones. Depending on how steep or gentle your slope is, we offer thicknesses ranging from 4 to 8 inches. For a given project, we select steps of a consistent thickness and based on the customer's specifications. This way, you will avoid levelling issues during installation. 

A few additional tips:

  • Natural and guillotined steps are sold by weight while cut steps are sold by the square foot. 
  • To ensure the steps are ergonomic, their minimum depth should be between 14 and 16 inches.

 

Sawn and flamed steps
 
Though these steps have a natural shape and look, their uniform thickness (7") means that they can be installed more quickly.
 
 
Their top and bottom sides are sawn and their upper surface has a flamed finish, making it easier to sweep off the snow.
 
 
 
Guillotined steps

These are natural steps in which the front and/or back has been guillotine cut and then are sorted by width in order to obtain relatively uniform steps for the entire project.  The depth of these steps is based on the needs of the customer. The façade may be natural of guillotined, while the ends are generally not cropped unless specifically requested by the customer. 

Note that a guillotine is a machine that cuts stone so as to create a split face without leaving a trace.

Cut steps
These rectangular-shaped steps are precisely sized and generally have a more urban feel to them.
They are more costly as their manufacture is more demanding.
Natural steps

 

These are randomly-shaped steps. Although their thickness is consistent, their shapes will vary.

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