Bluestone pavers are different than bluestone in that they are an actual concrete paver, not a natural stone. Do they look like real bluestone? Amazingly, they do!
I went to visit a client recently who needed extensive landscaping for his backyard. He had an existing pool and bluestone pool paving. I asked him if he found the bluestone hot since it is known for this and therefore not used that much for pool decking.
He told me they were not bluestone and I was shocked! They were actually bluestone concrete pavers. This paving material looked exactly like real natural bluestone.
Here is a photo of that I took at a stone yard.
Pavers Look Like Stone
One of the advantages of these pavers over the natural stone is that they are precision cut so that the joints will be perfectly straight. You can see that in this picture.
Here is an example of how the large bluestone sized paver can be combined in an interesting pattern with other concrete pavers for a patio design. However, I prefer the look of all bluestone.
Compare Bluestone Pavers to Travertine Pavers
Here’s the snag. Although you would think the cost of this type of paver would be less expensive than bluestone, installed the costs are similar. Here is why.
With the pavers, the labor is less, but the pavers cost more. With regular
bluestone, the stones cost less than bluestone pavers, but you are paying more
for labor to lay it correctly. You can estimate about $20 per square foot. Regular pavers cost about $15 per square foot. These are installed prices.
You might consider these pavers if:
I have a love for natural stone and I would prefer this to the pavers. Assuming this was for a patio or walkway and I had an excellent contractor, I would use the real deal…natural bluestone.
However, if you are deciding on a pool paving material, travertine pavers are another option.
If you'd like help with your patio, take a look at my ebook on patio designs. Choose from many of my professional layouts or modify them!
And if you'd like to know real pricing for almost all areas of landscaping, you will find this book extremely informative...and eye opening!
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant. You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
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