Everything You Need to Know About Natural Bluestone


Bluestone is found in the areas near Pennsylvania and New York, hence the name Pennsylvania Bluestone.

The term is derived from a deep blue colored sandstone.

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 Irregular Bluestone

  • Irregular bluestone is a classic.
  • Large irregular shaped pieces come together to create a beautiful hardscape.

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Step Treads, Mantels, and Hearths

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Bluestone treads are typically cut into larger squares and rectangles in various thicknesses. They are generally used for:

  • Steps

  • Pool Coping

  • Wall Caps

  • Fireplace Mantels

  • Fireplace Hearths

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Pattern Cut Bluestone

Material is cut down into squares and rectangles to create pattern cut bluestone.

Uses for irregular and pattern cut bluestone include:

  • Patios and Courtyards

  • Walkways

  • Sidewalks

  • Garden Paths

  • Pool Decking

  • Stone Indoor/Outdoor Flooring

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Custom Orders and Fabrication

Island Stone Crafters can custom cut Bluestone for large or small projects.Let us take your design and  and turn it into a reality. Radius coping, counter tops, custom edges, and polished surfaces are just a sample of the many things we can do with stone. Customization gives any project that special finishing touch.

Our bluestone includes Natural Cleft and Thermal Surfaces; Select Blue and Full (Variegated) Color; Bullnose, Rocked Edge, and Flamed Edge Treatments; and in various degrees of thickness. These are just a few of the available options.

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Bluestone paving has a timeless elegance and when installed properly can last a lifetime.

The Different Finishes Associated With Natural Bluestone Materials
One of the great attractions to natural bluestone materials is the fact that it is available in many different finishes. This is why it is used frequently by designers, architects, homeowners and contractors. There are three primary types of bluestone finishes that are currently sold for residential and commercial use.

  • Thermal Bluestone – This type of bluestone is most commonly used for driveways, pathways, walkways, sidewalks, patios and decks where the surface needs to be non-slip. The non-slip surface is created through heat-treating the bluestone until a textured groove is created.
  • Honed Finish Bluestone – This type of cut bluestone is most often suggested for use indoors where a smooth and thin paver finish is most appreciated. It is not as durable as thermal bluestone, so it wouldn’t be great for heavy traffic areas, such as driveways and walkways.
  • Natural Cleft Bluestone – This type of finish is excellent for a homeowner that is looking for the most natural-looking finish. It does not have a uniform texture so it is not as consistent as other types of cut bluestone, but that’s the point – it looks a lot more natural.



The Various Color Ranges Available in Natural Bluestone Materials
Another advantage of using natural cut bluestone is that there are a lot of different colors that it can come in based upon where it was harvested. Each paver is unique from every other paver, ranging not just in color but also in tone. Below is a list of the most common color options available in bluestone:


  • blue grays
  • browns
  • grays
  • oranges
  • purples
  • yellows
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