Bluestone pattern stock is one of the most popular patio and
walkway materials that we carry at the Colonial Stoneyard.
The material is inexpensive and comes in three color choices;
natural (earth tones), blue/blue and lilac. Pattern stock
sizes range from 12" x 12" to 60" x 48" and are cut in 6"
increments. A 1/2" joint is included in these sizes. The stone
is very durable and will last 40+ years. Bluestone is a type
of sandstone that is quite heavy. Bluestone will not shift
and edge constraints will not be needed to hold the stone
in place. When laid dry, a bluestone walk or patio will allow
air flow and water to reach tree and shrub roots. Bluestone
pattern stock would be 1 1/4"-2 1/2" thick so that it does
not shift or break.
Using this material or sand and processed gravel is the best
way to prepare the base for the bluestone. Stone dust is usually
preferred because it packs a bit tighter than sand and gravel.