What is Pennsylvania Bluestone?

January 12, 2019 / Conversation, Daily, Inspiration, Journal, Link, Web /

Pennsylvania Bluestone is a type of stone that was formed over millions of years ago. Bluestone can be used for many applications and can be set on wet or dry settings. It comes in various colors, as well as forms, and thicknesses. This stone can be found in stone quarries in the Northeast of the United States of America, and like other stone, it has pros and things to consider.


What types of applications?

There is a wide variety of applications for Bluestone such as:

  • Walkways
  • Patios
  • Coping
  • Window Sills
  • Driveways
  • Fireplaces
  • House Trim
  • Counters
  • & More


What colors?

There are two main shades for Pennsylvania Bluestone. We carry Blue-Blue, which are different shades of blue. As well as Mixed-Color, which is different blues with a range of green shades, rust, browns, some lilac, and antique gold accents.

What shapes does it come in?

Bluestone mainly come in cut pattern (flooring), irregular, tumbled (for walls), and custom cut (mantels, counters, hearths, etc). The most sought after is cut pattern, which come in standard sizes and increments of 6 inches. Irregular flagstone are pieces that are chipped/ broken at the quarries to create irregular shapes. Tumbled Bluestone is stone that has been tumbled to create a rustic look, making each piece smoother with round edges.


What textures are available?

There is one texture called natural cleft, which is Bluestone that has been hand split to achieve a natural look, including an imperfect surface. Another texture is flame treated Bluestone also known as thermal finish.  Thermal finished Bluestone is stone which is flamed for a smoother finish.

What thicknesses are there? Mortar set application or dry setting?

We carry the 1” and 1.5” thicknesses. Since it is a natural stone, the 1” actually varies from ¾”- 1 ¾”, and the 1.5” varies from 1.5”-2” thick.  The 1” Bluestone is typically used for mortar set applications, and the 1.5” Bluestone is used for dry settings.


Great Pros

Things to consider

Very Durable
It has the potential to be very hot
Stands any type of weather
Requires a professional to install properly
Can be cut to achieve a fine or natural look
Quality needed for your project
Can be found throughout the USA
So what is Pennsylvania Bluestone?

This stone is perfect for areas with that are stepped on constantly because of its sturdiness. Given that it can be custom cut, it opens a door to a great amount of styles as well. Pennsylvania Bluestone is a stone that can be used for a myriad of applications using different forms and colors, thus giving us an infinite amount of possibilities!



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Perez Garcia Nadia: I am hoping to help all of those who have questions on stone types, applications, why, how, and more! If you have a question that hasn't been answered yet, feel free to submit a message for us! Thank you!

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