Bluestone Versus Flagstone: What’s The Difference?

September 14, 2023

Garden Flagstone WalkwayThere are many beautiful elements you can add to your home’s exterior that not only increase the equity in your home but drastically increase curb appeal. From natural landscapes to unique design accents, there are options for homeowners with many different styles.

Beautiful Stone Walkways, Patios, and Gardens

One popular way to enhance the beauty of your home is with an inviting walkway, patio, or garden accent. While some choose to use bricks or landscaping, one trend that is gaining popularity is the use of stone. Here are two options that our clients love.

Enhancing Your Walk with Flagstone

Flagstone is a sedimentary rock usually made of sandstone bound together by minerals like silica, calcite, or iron ore. The flat stone is perfect as a paving stone and is often used for walkways, patios, and wall projects. The stone can also be cut and shaped in a variety of ways, allowing for unique patterns.

Flagstone is known and loved for its rich texture in a broad range of colors – browns, grays, gold, and blues. It’s a great choice for a more rustic look, and it preserves a green and earthy element in your landscaped area.

Remember neither flagstone nor bluestone is slate which should not be used due to it being VERY slippery when wet and it delaminates quickly.

A Step Above with Bluestone

Flagstone Pathway with Bluestone stepsMany may not know that bluestone is technically a form of flagstone. This sedimentary rock is formed by the fusing of particles deposited by rivers, oceans, and lakes. It typically has a moderately textured surface. Bluestone comes in bluish and gray shades, but ‘full color’ has other tones mixed in.

Bluestone is sturdier. It comes in natural cleft and select grades. It’s a bit more resilient against elements, making it weather-resistant. Bluestone guarantees a classic look, even among plants and other greenery.

The downside of bluestone? It’s a bit more expensive and has a more formal look.

Finding the Stone for Your Home

If you’re still not sure which stone to use for your landscaping project, think of what your stone will be regularly exposed to. If the stone is near a pool, your best bet is to go with bluestone. It’s important to keep in mind that bluestone is a dark-colored stone that retains more heat than lighter-colored flagstones and can be the more expensive option between the two.

When it comes down to it, both are great options and your final decision may be based on the overall look of the stone. The unique color of bluestone stands out in a landscape, while neutral flagstones blend in and become part of landscapes.

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