Why Bluestone Tiles

Bluestone Tiles

Class 1 Bluestone – China

This type of Bluestone is the best available in Australia and is our favourite. It is from a particular quarry in Fujian province in China and most closely resembles Australian Bluestone in colour, texture and catspaw distribution.
It is a stable type of bluestone and does not require fixing additives in the mortar making it a tradesman‘s favourite. This reduces costs substantially during the fixing process. Edwards was the first to release this bluestone into the Victorian market and it is unsurpassed in quality.

Class 2 Bluestone – China

This type of Bluestone is from Hainan in China and is sold under different names, including local Australian suburbs. It is a hard and dense Bluestone, with a fine grain, it closely resembles a concrete look.
There are three different types from Hainan, a premium grade, a type that rusts prolifically over time, and a third grade which has significant colour variation. In all cases Hainan Bluestone must be chemically adhered during the fixing process.
This means chemical additives MUST be used during the fixing process. Failure to do often causes the stone to fail to bond to the mortar during the fixing process.
This type of Bluestone is significantly cheaper, but the cost of fixing is significantly more.
We only stock the premium grade of Hainan Bluestone.

Bluestone Tiles used in Melbourne, Victoria

Bluestone is the local Victorian name for Basalt, which means a volcanic rock. Bluestone tile is a very hard and durable stone. It has many qualities making it an outstanding paving solution. There are also many different qualities to examine before buying your Bluestone, (in other words not all Bluestone is the same)..

Colour

The colour of Bluestone varies, and this also helps determine the final price. Generally the attractive blue/grey type costs a little more than the flat grey varieties.

Type of finish

The surface of the Bluestone tiles can be sawn which leaves it with a rougher and more non slip surface. It can also be honed which makes it smoother and generally brings out the dark colours. Bluestone can be honed right up to a semi polished or polish finish, due to the inherent hardness of the stone.

Distribution of “cats paw”

Bluestone has little holes in the surface which were created as the hot volcanic rock cooled down. Some types of Bluestone tiles are very compact (without any small holes); although this is not always considered an advantage aesthetically as the final result may be too plain for some applications. Cats Paw is a word used to explain a pattern of slightly larger holes running through some of the tiles and is generally considered very attractive when it is present in the right quantity.

Thickness

30mm stone Pavers or 20mm Tiles?
The thickness of the tile helps determine its longevity, after it has been fixed into position. Some companies will suggest a 15mm thick Bluestone tile for exterior use, however we suggest 20mm pavers should be the minimum thickness for external/outdoor use. 20mm Bluestone pavers perform well in driveway applications and general landscaping as its additional thickness and therefore strength, allows for expansion and contraction and improved impact resistance. We also stock 30mm tiles for commercial applications, when a thicker tile is required.

Bluestone is used effectively for driveways, patios, pool surrounds and interior applications. Bluestone is a traditional stone and has been used in Melbourne since our inception and due to its colour and quality is used extensively in modern building applications.