What Is Bluestone, and How Can I Use It?

January 17, 2020 Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re a DIY-enthusiast homeowner or professional landscaper, then you may have come across bluestone in your research. It’s a type of building stone that’s available in two varieties—either Pennsylvania bluestone (a sandstone from New York and Pennsylvania), or Shenandoah bluestone (a limestone from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia). Both types of bluestone are readily available in the United States to use as pavers in hardscaping, so it should come as no surprise that landscape and hardscape projects are the most popular uses for bluestone in Brooklyn, NY.

With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at bluestone—how it can be used, its pros and cons and some tips for buying and installing it.

Physical characteristics of bluestone

Bluestone looks nice, and is durable and ideal for a wide range of home and business uses, including patios, stone steps, pool decks, entryways and walking paths. The color options vary depending on the variety of bluestone you choose. The color of Pennsylvania bluestone depends on where it was mined, but is typically rust, tan, gray, blue or brown. Shenandoah bluestone is a grayish-blue that becomes grayer over time.

As pavers, bluestone comes in a number of shapes and sizes, or they can be cut into your desired shape, such as rectangles or squares. Some bluestone pavers are cut to resemble a more natural look with jagged edges and irregular shapes. The more irregular the size, the more free-form designs you have to choose from. However, the great thing about uniform pieces is they are easier to work with and install.

Pros and cons

In regards to home projects, bluestone used in landscaping has its advantages and disadvantages:

  • Pros: Bluestone is very durable and will last years with proper care. Another huge benefit of bluestone has to do with its appearance. Thanks to its naturally beautiful earth-tone colors, these pavers have the power to complement almost any landscape. Its rough surface keeps it from becoming slick or slippery, and it holds up well in all kinds of weather conditions. Additionally, bluestone is a domestic material, meaning you’ll have no overseas shipping costs to deal with.
  • Cons: One downside to bluestone is its cost. Nearly every natural landscaping material on the market will be more expensive than manmade materials like brick and concrete, but that’s because you are investing in a unique, high-quality product. Because bluestone is typically irregularly shaped and doesn’t set in deep, it can be harder to install than brick or concrete pavers. Finally, note that darker bluestone gets hot, so it may not be the best choice for projects like pool decks.

Buying and installation tips

First things first, decide if you want more uniform bluestone pavers or irregularly-shaped pavers. Looking at your existing garden design or considering new plans can help you make the right decision. Also, remember that because bluestone is a natural material, even uniform sizes will have small imperfections, such as rust stains, crevices and small pit marks.

Now that you are more familiar with the uses for bluestone in Brooklyn, NY, it’s time to go shopping! Call or visit Luisi Building Materials Company, Inc. today to learn more.

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