To boost your house’s appearance and make it have a welcoming and put-together look, you may want to include a patio or a flower garden. If you choose a patio for your home, it will help if you select the right materials for your desired aesthetic. However, selecting the suitable material may be a challenge. However, if you are considering the installation of a new patio, then you might be interested in bluestone as a material. So, here are the pros and cons of bluestone patios that you need to know before making this choice.
Considering a Bluestone Patio?
- Bluestone is versatile.
Bluestone comes in various colors and can be cut and finished in many ways to suit your patio. You can use bluestone material to construct fences, curbs, footpaths, retaining walls, buildings, and more. The catspaw patterns of the bluestone make the tiles exciting and unique, allowing you to have unique projects.
- Bluestone is long-lasting.
The bluestone patio will be durable and withstand the test of time because of the material’s dense composition, hardness, and texture. The stone can withstand the harsh weather of the winter when regularly sealed to prevent water damage through a freeze-thaw cycle.
- Bluestone has a mo0re dramatic appearance.
Compositional variation between individual stones makes the patio look dramatic. The stone’s steely blues and gray hues always strike whether it’s cloudy, snowing, raining, or bright and sunny day. In addition, the bluestone complements the plant of the mid-Atlantic region during winter or summer.
- Bluestone absorbs heat.
The dark color of the bluestone contributes to the absorption and retention of heat into the patio. Its properties make it absorb more heat than a concrete patio, making it recommended for pool decks over outdoor living space.
- Bluestone tends to flake.
Like any other sandstone, the bluestone comprises compressed sedimentary layers. As a result, if unsealed, the stone can undergo natural weathering and erosion if water infiltrates into the stone. This makes bluestone not the best choice for pool decks and driveways.
- Bluestone can be slippery.
Although bluestone has a rough texture, it can be slippery when wet. This can be dangerous, especially near any kind of water source.
Trust Your Local, Professional Contractor
With the information above, you may realize that bluestone is one of the best construction materials for your patio due to its advantages. However, bluestone has some downsides, making it a less preferred material to some homeowners. Ultimately, you should contact J&A Services to review our offerings, your needs, and the best choice for your situation.