The choice between bluestone and granite for your Monmouth County, NJ, patio design rests upon a number of variables and differences between the two stones. So before making the final call, consider their unique characteristics, colors, surface textures, the personal preferences of the homeowner, and budget.
Granite is an igneous rock with a unique speckled surface. High concentrations of quartz often give granite a trademark sparkle that adds to its aesthetic appeal. This natural stone is quarried all over the world and contractors can find it readily available for landscape construction projects at Le-ed Concrete & Supply Co. The beauty and quality of granite has been recognized since the early days of architecture. Today, granite is most commonly used in landscaping projects as a luxurious patio flooring material or for reliable outdoor countertop surfaces. Granite is incredibly dense, making it a heavyweight, durable option. The color options in which granite is available include white, grey, black, pink, and orange.
Bluestone, while less less expensive and not quite as dense, is a more practical option for many. Bluestone’s coloring varies depending on where it’s mined. These colors include deep blues, greens, light grays, and earthy brown undertones.
When it comes to durability, granite takes the lead. With its homogenous texture, granite is the most durable of all building stones with a high water resistance and massive load bearing capacity, making it an excellent material for any patio project. Another benefit of installing granite is that it is stain resistant and easy to maintain. Because of its hardness, granite is relatively difficult to work with, which makes it pricier than many other natural stones. In general, contractors recommend granite to homeowners because of its durability, refined elegance, and easy maintenance. As a paving option, granite requires very little maintenance and can be maintained with simple pressure-washing or occasional rinsing.
Bluestone, too, is an extremely durable building stone and, unlike granite, can be easily separated into slabs of different sizes and shapes. This makes it an excellent option for achieving a customized laying pattern. If correctly installed and sealed for protection, bluestone will last for decades. This paving stone is perfect for patio applications because of its granular, non-slip texture and high weather resistance. One downside of bluestone is its vulnerability to spalling – cracking and peeling of the top layer. However, this can be mitigated with proper sealing and maintenance.
Both granite and bluestone are elegant paving materials that are often used in more formal outdoor spaces. With a polished finish, granite is also ideally suited to a modern design language in the form of accents or countertops. Finishes can range from smooth to rough, but for a patio floor design, a rough-hewn or honed surface finish is more suitable.
Bluestone, on the other hand, can be used to add vibrant natural textures to an outdoor area and can be adapted to a more rustic design theme in the form of irregular shaped pavers.