Stone stills and steps
Stone stills and steps
Stone stills and steps
Stone stills and steps
Stone stills and steps
Stone stills and steps

Stone stills and steps

The stone elements have good reuse characteristics: They are usually very resistant, nicely finished, well suited to various transformations and well-known to actors in the building sector. It is therefore not surprising to come across them regularly in the stocks of reusable materials suppliers.
The stone steps and rubble found on the reuse market often reflect the regional characteristics and soil composition. Blue stone is omnipresent in Belgium. It is a local material, essential to the Belgian architectural landscape and has multiple usages and functions. However, there are other stones in Belgium, like sandstone and some types of marble. In central France, other types of limestone are abundant, such as pierre de Bourgogne. Of course, some very sought-after elements can be found outside of their home region: Thus, Belgian blue stone is also located in the Netherlands and Bourgogne limestone can also be found on the Belgian market.

Common products

The most common products are:

  • Doors and windowsills: around 20 × 30 cm in depth, on variable lengths. More fragile, these elements do not always survive dismantling. If cracked or broken, they lose much of their value.
  • Interior or exterior steps: variable dimensions. Similar products to door and windowsills.
  • Rubble masonry: fixed or variable dimensions. This material is relatively cheap to buy, but its use requires time and know-how.

Available treatments

Specialist dealers are usually equipped to work the stone:

  • Cuts: allow ~40 €/h for the size of the stone.
  • Finishing work, e.g. sanding of the surface
  • Some dealers also offer a delivery service.

Recorded prices

The recorded prices are as follows:

  • Sills and steps: 64 €/m
  • Cornerstone: 50 €/m
  • All types of rubble masonry: 60 €/t
  • Sized rubble 75 €/t
  • In general terms: 4000 to 4500 €/m³ depending on the finish

Did you know?

Some dealers in stone components also offer ranges of new products, some of which are artificially aged to give them the appearance of a reused product. Even the so-called “Chinese” blue stone (which is just as likely to come from India or Vietnam) is used for this purpose. Its colour resembles that of Belgian blue stone, but it is distinguishable by the absence of crinoids - small fossils of marine organisms. If in doubt, seek further information on the provenance of the reused materials to be sure of their origins.