Regardless of the project you are attempting, from patios through to driveways, there are a lot of different choices available when it comes to paver materials. If you don’t have much experience with these sorts of materials, choosing between them can be quite overwhelming. One of the most popular materials currently available is bluestone pavers – in this article, we have provided a guide for cutting through the clutter and understanding what you need.
The first area that we wanted to address is any general concerns relating to your bluestone paver choice. Ensure that you ask yourself the following questions and take your answers into account when making your decision.
- Will it match your home? You should look for pavers that will match the look of your home – not just now, but after years of weathering. If you have a lot of brick, for example, bluestone is unlikely to match well. If you have weatherboards, on the other hand, it will work quite well.
- Will it last for many years? Keep in mind that the cheapest choice might not be the most affordable over time. By spending a little extra now, you can ensure that you won’t have to replace stones a few years down the track. Also remember that not all bluestone is created equally.
- How will it weather? Some pavers will look as good in three years time as they do today. Others will weather and even change colour as time passes. It is important to consider whether you like the weathered appearance or whether you want the bluestone to look the same.
The second area that we wanted to address is the specific features of the bluestone pavers you are interested in purchasing. Ensure that you ask yourself the following questions and take your answers into account.
- Rough or smooth? These pavers are available in a variety of finishes, the most common being rough and smooth. A rough surface will show wear better (making them perfect for high traffic areas, like the driveway), whilst smooth surfaces feel better underfoot.
- Lug or no lug? Having a lug on the side of your stone means that they’re less likely to grind and chip. This is incredibly important in your driveway, as high levels of pressure are exerted, but is less crucial in your alfresco dining area, as there is little weight present.
- Small or large? These pavers are also available in a variety of sizes, from very small tiles through to very large slabs. Some applications will do better with smaller bluestone tiles, as they will better distribute the weight, whereas the larger ones look great in other areas.
We hope that you find the concerns and features outlined above to be useful in understanding whether bluestone pavers will meet the specific needs of your home or not. At the end of the day, it is important to remember that not all bluestone is created equally – some suppliers will try to pass off subpar quality pavers as expensive ones. It is up to you to know the difference and to realise when you are being taken advantage of.