Is bluestone good for walkways?

There’s a lot to recommend a bluestone walkway. The natural colors and textures look great in almost any setting. Maintenance is low. And unlike concrete pavers or brick, bluestone pavers do not require edge constraints.

Are pavers or bluestone more expensive?

A natural stone like bluestone tends to cost more than other pavers because of the cost of quarrying, as well as availability. Because bluestone is highly desirable and only comes from a few regions, it is often priced at a premium.

Can bluestone be used outside?

Bluestone is durable, attractive, and ideal for all kinds of uses including patios, pool decks, stone steps, or entryways.

Does bluestone darken over time?

The color of bluestone will change over time without a sealer applied, simply due to the absorption of water. Natural stone tends to cost more than brick pavers or poured concrete paving stones, mainly due to the cost of quarrying and availability of the product.

Does bluestone need to be sealed?

It is recommended to always seal a bluestone patio after scrubbing it clean. Sealing is a normal process after patio installation. Sealing protects the patio from mineral stains and extends its lifespan. The patio should be sealed at least every couple of years to keep its protective coating.

Can you lay bluestone over concrete?

You can set the bluestone on a concrete pad as long as the pad is in excellent condition. Beneath the concrete there should be 6″ compacted aggregate, laying on undisturbed or compacted soil. I would then set the bluestone on a 1″-2″ mortar setting bed. Double check all of this with a qualified mason if you can.

Are flagstone and bluestone the same?

Many may not know that bluestone is technically a form of flagstone. This sedimentary rock is formed by the fusing of particles deposited by rivers, oceans, and lakes. It typically has a moderately textured surface. Bluestone comes in bluish and gray shades, but ‘full color’ has other tones mixed in.

Does bluestone get hot in the sun?

One major challenge with using bluestone for a pool deck is that it tends to get hot. Concrete pavers tend to absorb less heat than natural bluestone, and for an even cooler surface, they can be installed using permeable installation techniques, which provides a breathable surface that remains cool in summer.

Can you pressure wash bluestone?

Bluestone owners should take care not to power wash on the highest level as the stone can be grooved by intense water pressure. Bluestone is one of the easiest surfaces for homeowners to maintain.

How do you take care of bluestone?

How to Care for Your Bluestone

  1. Bluestone Needs to Be Sealed. As stated above, bluestone is still a relatively porous material, allowing liquids and substances such as fallen wet leaves to stain.
  2. Use Stone-Specific Cleaners.
  3. Mop Up Spills as They Happen.
  4. Keep the Stone Clear of Debris.

What goes well with bluestone walkway?

A bluestone walkway blends well into many landscapes. Houses of brick, wood siding, stone, cedar shakes, and stucco all go well with bluestone. You can choose from bluestone with geometric lines or those that are free form. You can also dry lay it or set in in concrete.

What is curcurved bluestone walkway?

Curved Bluestone Walkway. A meandering front with plantings on both sides. This is the same type of walk as above, except that it is curvilinear. To keep the curved pattern, the edges were saw cut on the curve.

What kind of stone do you use for a walkway?

Bluestone walk leading to backyard. Walkway leading to to front yard. The stone for this walkway was dry laid. We used different sized geometric blue stone. Notice how the joints look very professional as they are straight and all very similar in width.

How do you lay stone on a curved walkway?

The stones were laid horizontal and perpendicular to the front porch and driveway. Another option would have been to lay them on the diagonal which produces an interesting pattern. Plantings for this curved walkway were added on both sides providing lots of color, texture and winter interest.