Bluestone is a widely used in various aspects of construction. It is becoming really popular in landscaping industry for various applications to give a naturally aesthetic look to your property. It is a versatile stone and has the following applications:
- Pool coping & patios
- Retaining walls
- Wall caps
- Wall cladding
- Water features
- Stair treads
- Stepping stones for walking paths
- Cobbles for driveways & arrival areas
- Countertops for outdoor kitchens
- Architectural and aesthetic design of monuments
- Stone veneer for chimneys
- Hearthstones and mantels for outdoor fireplaces
It is a really beautiful and fantastic material used for landscaping. But before using it, it is necessary to know all the characteristics before installing it:
→ Bluestone is a porous stone and thus may not be a good option for places that need to endure high pressure.
→ Also, due to its porous nature, it holds water easily and that too for a long time. This can affect its appearance.
→ Along with water storing capabilities, it porosity takes in all the dust and polluting materials in the air. This spoils the appearance of the stone.
→ It is necessary to seal all the pores while the installation of the bluestone to avoid accumulation of water.
→ Bluestone does not have a naturally shiny surface. So a sealer is essential to add a shine to it.
→ Proper care has to be taken to clean the bluestone surface thoroughly before sealing it or else the pre accumulated dust will spoil the overall look of the stone.
Bluestone is extracted by cutting the raw stone obtained from the quarry into cubes. Depending on the density, the cubes are treated to form 2 types of bluestone namely, thermal bluestone and natural cleft bluestone.
- Thermal Bluestone: The denser raw stone treated with a process called “spalling” in which raw stone is cut along horizontal cross sections, soaked in water and heated. This gives it a perfectly finished feature.
- Natural Cleft Bluestone: Most of the raw stones are turned into this type of bluestone. The raw stone is air dried for many weeks and the bluestone gets separated naturally.
Bluestone has several benefits in landscaping. All of which are listed below:
- Durability – In landscaping, durability is always the top requirement. It is porous yet has a dense composition and thus is hard enough to be durable under extreme conditions.
- Safety: It has a non-slippery finish if not sealed. This feature is very useful for safety purposes. It can be used in places where the surface is more likely to be wet or slippery. Its rough texture reduces the risk of slipping on a wet surface.
- Easy installation: Bluestone is also called ‘slate stone’ due to its flat surface. That makes it really easy to install at all locations.
- Versatility in sizes: Bluestone is available in all the needed sizes, thickness and dimensions. This makes it even more adaptable for all types of construction work.
- A wide array of colours: These bluestones are available in all various colours, ranging from grey to yellow, purple and even green. Thus you can pick any to match your surroundings and taste.
- A unique and aesthetic appearance: The amazing characteristics of bluestone that enable it to give a rich look to the surroundings is one of the other important reasons that it is extensively used for landscaping.
- Cost effective: With all these benefits, it still doesn’t cost you much. It may be a little costlier than other stones but all these benefits is totally worth the money.
With all the above benefits and characteristics, it is well established that bluestone is one of the best landscaping stone. You have no idea how beautiful your patio will be compared to your surroundings, if it is constructed with bluestone.