Tumbled Bluestone For a Driveway or Concrete Pavers

by Scott



What do you think about using 2 inch thick 6 x 6 tumbled Connecticut bluestone as driveway pavers? Is 2 inches enough for a driveway, or would you go with a thicker concrete paver? Thanks.
Best,
Scott

ANSWER

Hi Scott,
I am not familiar with the strength of Connecticut tumbled bluestone. Typically regular bluestone is not used as it is not strong enough. You might consider asking the company what the psi (pound per square inch)
is. This measures a material's strength. I would then compare it to the psi of concrete pavers.

If it were my project, I would not use it. I would go with concrete pavers which have the correct PSI to withstand vehicular traffic. They are used for streets in some cities.

I don't know if this would work for you, but what you might consider doing, is paving your driveway with asphalt or tar and chip, and edging
the driveway with the bluestone as a border.

Good luck,
Susan

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Driveway Patio Areas

by Jill
(Boston, Mass.)

What a great site. Thanks!

Question: We are looking to put in a patio off our driveway that we would use as a turnaround and occasionally to park cars on as well. So the idea is we want it to look nice (and not like an asphalt extension of our driveway in our backyard) but it has to be strong enough that a car could go on it.

Any recommendations? And is there any special prep for the area that has to be done so that the patio can support the weight of a car? We're in the Boston area, if that matters.

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Dec 06, 2008
Driveway Materials
by: Susan


Hi Jill,
I'm glad you enjoyed my site!

You need a driveway material that has the strength to support vehicles. (As an aside, that is typically measured in psi, or pounds per square inch.) I can't recall what it is for cars, but I do know certain materials that can most likely be used. Just check before purchasing.

I don't know anything about your house and therefore what would look well with it, so I'll just recommend some materials in general.

Brick is one. Pine Hall brick makes very strong bricks. The bricks can be dry laid. The company should be able to give you installation specifications, but usually a layer of 4 to 8 inches of loose stone is laid on undisturbed ground. If there is fill, for example, you can still install it, but the ground must be tamped down in layers to make it extremely firm.

Then a layer of certain types of sand is applied. Then finally the paving material is installed. Joints are sand swept. There is a newer material to sweep the joints with which hardens....polymeric sand. (Not sure if I have the spelling correct.)

Another beautiful material is travertine pavers. I have a page on my site all about travertine. These would also be dry laid.

You can also use concrete, scored into squares and colored. The color should be mixed into the concrete, not applied on top. Concrete is a less expensive option, but it must be installed professionally to avoid cracking.

You can also use concrete pavers. Again, these would be dry laid.

In order of price...concrete, pavers, brick, travertine. By the way, I know it gets very cold in Boston. All of these materials should resist freezing and cracking, but the concrete might be more chancy.

Hope this was helpful!

Regards,
Susan

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