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Bluestone Offers Color, Dependability

Updated:2008-08-05 10:33:53

Bluestone's subtle reflective quality enhances the Baltimore Visitor Center.
Photo courtesy of Design Collective Inc.

Thanks to a natural stone that not only functions well in landscaping features such as patios, but also in more versatile and creative ways — such as for countertops and flooring — the bluestone market has seen tremendous growth over the past few years.

Bluestone is sold as both dimensional and flagstone, providing opportunities for use as paving, pool coping, wall veneer, stair treads, architectural facings, fireplaces, sills and — more recently — as a basic building material for churches, institutions, homes and businesses. The stone is available in many formats and sizes such as irregular slabs, tumbled pavers, wall rock and tumbled gravel.

Peter Johnston Jr., vice president of Johnston & Rhodes Bluestone Co. in New York — a company that has been exclusively quarrying bluestone since the 1800s — says the qualities that make bluestone appealing to clients include its options for a "full range of earth tones or the solid blue-grey." Additionally, Johnston says the stone offers superior durability and strength. "Bluestone's texture and abrasiveness make it ideal in all weather for a high slip-resistance paving or tread material," he continues.

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This bluestone paving is variegated thermal finish accented by irregular flagging paths, thermal rocked edges and fieldstone walls.
Photo courtesy of Johnston & Rhodes Bluestone Co.

And, even in treacherous climates, Johnston explains that bluestone has staying power. "If properly cared for, bluestone installations can last more than 100 years," he says. "In fact, we get inquiries every year about replacing bluestone walkways in New York City that are well over a century old. Most of the time, a percentage of the old bluestone will be salvageable and can be re-laid."

Because of its durability, bluestone can be used for not-so-traditional projects, too. "We did some bluestone gutters a few years ago," Johnston says. "It was interesting because, on long stretches, the pitch of each stone was different and had to line up perfectly for the water to flow properly."

Source:http://www.buildingstonemagazine.com

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