Are you thinking to add bluestone pavers to your property? Bluestone pavers are a timeless material that can add a wonderful modern flair to any outdoor living space. It has a unique texture and durable composition that makes them the first choice for any home improvement project. There are several different uses of the bluestone pavers. It can be installed in varied spaces such as walkways, patios and pool decks. The strength and durability of bluestone pavers make them the perfect material for driveways, steps, treads and other paving applications.
Bluestone is also great for areas that usually get wet or are normally slippery when other materials are used. From pavers around a pool or spa, bluestone stair treads to indoor applications for kitchens and bathrooms – the possibilities are limitless. It is the versatility of the bluestone pavers that allows it to be used for outdoor living spaces, residential projects, commercial buildings and public structures all across Australia. It is the perfect paving material for the Australian homeowners as it can stand up the wear and tear associated with the exposure to harsh Australian weather conditions.
But, the fact is that not everyone is aware of the fact that bluestone pavers are available in a wide range of shapes, colour tones and finishes. Selecting the best option can make all the difference.
The 4 Most Popular Types of Bluestone Pavers
One of the major attractions of bluestone is that it is available in a wide range of finishes. This is why it is widely used by architects, designers, homeowners and contractors. Basically, there are four primary types of bluestone pavers that are presently used for residential and commercial applications. They are:
It is formed deeper in the earth and normally cut into solid layers. Once cut, it leaves a smooth, unnatural surface which needs to be re-textured. Later the stone is wet and heated with a very hot flame, taking the surface layer off. After completion, the stone is level and can easily be installed. This entire process makes the thermal bluestone expensive. It is commonly used for driveways, walkways, patios, decks, sidewalks and pathways
Natural Cleft Bluestone
This type of finish comes with multiple irregularities – making it popular amongst the homeowners willing to achieve a natural looking finish. Less smooth than the rest, this is the least expensive option. Moreover, it is available in a huge range of colour shades of rust orange, grey and blues.
Honed Finish Bluestone
This is most often suggested for indoor use such as kitchen and bathroom where a thin and smooth bluestone paver finish is highly appreciated. As compared to thermal bluestone they are not highly durable, thus they are not recommended for heavy traffic areas such as driveways and walkways.
- Irregular Bluestone – Also known as Flagstone, this is one of the most popular choices we install. This is not cut into any specific thickness or size, making it a cheaper yet more labour intensive to install. Its incredible irregularities offer the ability to mould and create a space all your own.
Extensive Colour Range of Bluestone Pavers
Another important benefit of using natural cut bluestone pavers is that they are available in a wide range of colours that is based upon where it was harvested. Every paver is unique, not only in terms of colours but also in tone. Listed below are the most common colour options available in bluestone pavers.
- Blue Greys
Popular Applications of Bluestone Pavers
Australians have a wide range of options available to them in a way that they can use it in any application they desire. Primarily used as paving material, they are also be used both indoors and outdoors.
- Bathroom – Colourful thermal bluestone is an excellent option to be used on bathroom floors and walls. It is non-slippery and has water-resistant properties. It will not only look great but also perform beautifully for years to come.
- Living Rooms – The decorative options associated with natural cleft bluestone and other types of cut bluestone make it a perfect choice for the living room flooring and veneer facing projects.
- Kitchens – Its non-slippery and water-resistant properties make thermal bluestone a great choice for kitchens. Pavers made from cut bluestone look beautiful with any kitchen style or theme.
- Pools/Spas – Thermal bluestone pavers are highly recommended for pool and spa areas as they have non-slippery properties associated with it. Each paver has their unique colour, texture, tone and style that can be used to complement pool, spa and other recreation areas for indoors and outdoors.
- Patios – Many Australian homeowners are now choosing natural cleft bluestone and other kinds of cut bluestone to create beautiful patios. They work wonderfully with outdoor living spaces that are either themed Mediterranean, contemporary, modern or Old World Theme.
- Pathways/Walkways – Bluestone pavers are great to be used for walkways, stepping stone pathways and garden path. The colour range found in cut bluestone can complement or accent a garden space beautifully.
For more ideas, read our blog post on several ideas to decorate outdoors with bluestone pavers.
There are several options available for bluestone patios depending on the style preference and budget. But, before selecting any bluestone pavers, first, decide whether you want uniform size pavers or irregular pavers. Irregular might be harder to install but can fit better with your existing garden design or landscape.
Here, you also need to keep in mind that bluestone is a natural material and thus even uniform sizes might have imperfections, small clefts or rust stains. Consider these irregularities as a part of the natural beauty of the bluestone.