Bluestone is a timeless Australian classic and has been used in Melbourne since the early 1800’s. It’s high density provides a long lasting durability for foot traffic that has resulted in its use for footpath pavers, cobblestones, kerbstones and driveway pavers.
Bluestone has consistent colouring which makes it a neutral product that allows for creativity in its use through textures and contrasts. Bluestone pavers and tiles are the perfect material to complement any architecturally designed landscape as it will beautifully match other natural materials such as timber, metal or stone. This makes it an excellent choice for all residential and commercial projects where it is often used for pool surrounds, patio pavers and alfresco tiles.
With consistent neutral colouring, bluestone is often finished with different textures to provide variations in appeal. here is a small list of options that are often chosen:
- Pitchers: Provide a hand split bluestone block appearance with a rough surface that was traditionally use around Melbourne during the early settlement period.
- Flamed: While not as rough as bluestone pitchers, flamed finishes provide a variation in surface texture that aids in traction and provides visual variation often used to provide a cobblestone look.
- Stepstones: Bluestone stepstones are another Melbourne favourite as they provide a smooth topped paver with irregular edges that provide a stylish yet rustic finish.
- Random Cuts: Random cut bluestone pavers provide irregular shaped pavers that allow craftsmen to add visual appeal with asymmetric lines.
- Sawn: Sawn bluestone is the basic version of bluestone pavers that most people use. Normally cut as rectangle pavers, the finish is considered semi-honed as it has a mostly smooth surface and can be used without further processing.
- Sandblasted: Sandblasted bluestone has a lightly roughened surface from being sandblasted. This provides more surface irregularities to help with traction while still having a flat look.
- Honed: Honed bluestone has a smoothest finish achieved by honing the surface to provide a semi-polished finish.
- Polished: When the want the smoothest surface possible, it needs to be polished.
When you have bluestone paving, you have a robust hard wearing surface. But things can still happen that damage or disfigure the surface and the grout used to finish it. That is why Tile Cleaning Experts offer a range of services specific to bluestone that will return your bluestone paving to its best finish.
- Bluestone Cleaning
- Efflorescence Removal
- Minor Repairs
- Bluestone Honing
- Bluestone Polishing
- Bluestone Sealing
- Bluestone Resurfacing
With the strength of bluestone, it lasts longer and handles rough treatment better than many other types of natural stone. As a result, the most popular service required is bluestone sealing. This process places a thin chemical finish over the surface of the bluestone to prevent dirt and liquids from seeping into the stones pours. So the surface is easier to clean and remains stain free much longer.
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