I'm planning on making my own outdoor patio using Bluestone (similar to
what you see here:
My main concern about the project is how slippery it will be and the
cost. First, is there a suitable alternative for Florida climate? From
what I understand, Bluestone is quarried in the Northern US, so it may
be more expensive to ship and sell in Florida. Next question, it seems
somewhat slippery and Florida is a generally wet state. Is there
something I can spray on it to give it more texture, without
compromising the look of the stone?
I have Bluestone for my pool coping, and it isn't slippery. See
Part of the deck is also Bluestone, where the contractor messed up the
concrete and it was cheaper to jackhammer out 1" of concrete and lay the
more expensive Bluestone, than to remove all the concrete and start over.
On the concrete, the contractor mixed in some polymer stuff when he
sealed it, which made it much less slippery. I can't remember if he also
sprayed the Bluestone.
See "http://www.deckoseal.com/783a.htm "
I don't know how this stuff would work on stone.
Bluestone is very expensive, no way around that. Also, you probably want
to pick out the pieces yourself, as the colors vary greatly. Some of it
is brownish, some is blueish.
It's beautiful stone, and we get a lot of compliments on it. For the
pool coping it added a little cost, maybe $1000, over the less expensive
stones, but to do a whole patio would probably cost a fortune.
I have some of that in a walkway.
It's not slippery when wet.
It's not as durable as pavers.
After 15 years I have cracking
at the joints and some cracks and peeling of
the slate itself. Probably due to NJ climate.
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