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Bluestone vs. Pavers: Which Patio Material Is Best for You?

The patio materials you choose can change the cost of an installation and the entire look of your outdoor space. Many property owners in and around Needham, MA, end up comparing bluestone and other materials when deciding to build a patio, driveway, or walkway.

Get professional help with the bluestone vs. pavers debate from our team at The Narrow Lane. Our landscape design experts can answer your questions when you call (617) 620-3795.

Bluestone Pavers and Your Other Options

Bluestone represents a natural material often used to make pavers for outdoor living. Landscape professionals use the term bluestone to refer to rock quarried from specific areas. In the US, bluestone generally comes from quarries in Pennsylvania, New York, and the Shenandoah Valley.

Bluestone’s relative rarity tends to make it a more expensive material per square foot. However, you can find many other paver materials to choose from when designing a new patio. Many homeowners consider concrete pavers and pavers made with:

●      Glass

●      Clay

●      Stone

●      Brick

●      Plastic

Each kind of paver comes with specific pros and cons. 

Bluestone Patio Benefits and Drawbacks

When handling hardscape design (or the construction of structures in your yard), we recommend comparing pavers before beginning your project. Bluestone pavers represent an attractive choice for property owners who want:

●      Durable natural stones

●      Natural beauty

●      A range of color variations

However, while it is an attractive option, bluestone costs often surprise property owners. Bluestone patios or pool decks usually cost much more than patios made with different materials. Additionally, bluestone changes color over time, especially when used in outdoor applications.

Bluestone tiles absorb water because they are a kind of natural stone. The absorption may change the appearance of your outdoor structures over time.

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Natural Stone, Plastic, and Other Paver Materials

You have many options if you want to avoid a bluestone paver patio. Consider options like flagstone, plastic, or brick for your patio installation. You get a broader selection of colors if you avoid thermal bluestone, as well as choices about patterns for your pavers.

Other pavers are generally less expensive and easier to repair. If you get irregular bluestone – or if a bluestone paver cracks – you may need to replace the entire paver instead of just fixing the damaged section.

Installation Differences for Your Pavers

Finally, consider that landscape professionals may need to set your bluestone pavers in mortar, which takes more time and may increase your expenses. Most other pavers get dry laid. Dry laying your paving material is easy and relatively cheap, allowing you to save money.

In some cases, landscape technicians dry-lay bluestone pieces, as well. Discuss all of your options before construction begins.

Select the Right Material for Your Patio or Pool Deck

Our team at The Narrow Lane can help you review all of your landscape building options. We have experience working with both bluestone and other materials and understand the pros and cons. Contact us at (617) 620-3795 to get help with your design today.

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