Many homeowners have fallen in love with bluestone – it is any wonder when you realize how attractive and versatile this wonderful material is? – and use it in many areas around the home. It can range in colour from almost black to a very light grey, which only adds to its versatility and the multitude of uses that it can be put to. If you have opted to install bluestone somewhere around your home, there are a number of finishes that you can choose from.
When bluestone has been polished, its surface will shine in a way that almost resembles a mirror. Only the best quality stones can be treated with this finish, as the poorer materials simply do not hold up to the shine. It is an extremely popular choice for foyers, lobbies, kitchens, bathrooms and cladding. Whilst this finish causes bluestone to be extremely resistant to water absorption and salt attack, its polished surface can become quite slippery (especially when wet).
When bluestone has been honed, it is left with a dark grey to a black surface that has almost a velvet appearance. It is the perfect choice for indoor applications, both on the floor and the wall. When treated with a honed finish, the bluestone will be extremely resistant against wear and tear. This makes it the perfect choice for the dining room, kitchen, living room, hallway and wall cladding. This treatment does ensure plenty of grip, even when wet.
When bluestone has been flamed, its surface will be left with a soft, leathery appearance that provides plenty of traction. It is a very popular choice for outdoor applications (such as patios, driveways, pathways and pool surrounds) and has also been put to use in many commercial areas, such as cafes and restaurants. Bluestone is such a popular outdoor paver choice because it is extremely resistant to salt attack and water absorption.
When bluestone has been left in its natural split form, it will possess more of a dark grey to a black colouring and its surface will be quite rough to the touch. It is another very popular choice for outdoor applications (such as driveways and paths) because it provides good grip and doesn’t show up dirt or tyre marks. It is, however, suitable for use indoors (but usually in a cladding capacity, as the uneven bluestone can be difficult to walk on).
When choosing a finish for your bluestone, just make sure that you take into account the area that it will be installed and the application that it will be expected to perform; this will ensure that you choose the most appropriate finish for your home.