Replacing steps and paving in an older building? Look out for these issues
This post outlines some of the common issues homeowners need to be aware of when considering enhancing the steps and paving of their older residential property. It draws on the extensive experience of the Stone Steps and Paving team – we’ve worked on hundreds of homes over the years.
Some of the potential issues homeowners should be aware of when enhancing the steps and paving of their older London property:
Stone steps have a life-span. At a certain point, replacement is more cost effective than repair.
Decaying render on old stone steps is often a sign that water ingress has been a long-term issue.
Poorly installed steps will leak. For example, Victorian and Edwardian external staircases were not designed to accommodate modern waterproofing systems.
A side view of the waterproofing layers we can insert beneath stone steps. This photo is from our steps and paving project in Church Road, Richmond, London, TW10
In the Victorian era, basement steps were often set into clay. Footings and substructure are often absent.
Older homes often have paving overlaid onto paving, exceeding the height of the damp course and causing damp to penetrate walls.
Typically, residential steps and paving laid in the Victorian and Edwardian eras were designed to fit together precisely, not haphazardly.
The above list hopefully gives you a sense of the common issues you should be aware of, and that your chosen contractor should be capable of addressing.
Over the years, we’ve developed processes that anticipate and manage the risks and complexities. For example, this recently added case study explains a little more about the drawings and designs we create before beginning work.
If you have a stone steps and paving project you’d like to discuss, do get in touch.