When choosing driveway material in Sullivan County, NY, many homeowners prefer stone over concrete because of its natural color variations and timeworn look. But homeowners can make the perfect compromise, achieving the look of natural stone like bluestone along with the performance benefits of concrete.
Where Concrete Pavers Beat Bluestone
With all the good qualities of bluestone, concrete pavers prove a better option than bluestone in a number of areas. While bluestone can be susceptible to staining and may fade over time, many concrete pavers offer stain protection and long lasting color protection. Bluestone, being a natural material, may also not lay as evenly as concrete pavers which are designed to interlock and provide a level surface.
Another area where concrete pavers offer an advantage over bluestone is in their strength. For this reason they are better suited to areas of heavy and frequent traffic, such as driveways. To achieve the strength necessary for such areas bluestone slabs require a much greater thickness. This can be prohibitive for many homeowners.
Instead, consider the following Unilock concrete pavers that perfectly recreate the look and feel of bluestone while offering additional strength, durability and practicality for driveways.
With its modern look, embossed textured surface and high detail, Richcliff serves as an excellent substitute for natural stone in any landscape. To achieve the look of bluestone, Unilock Richcliff pavers offers the color option of Dawn Mist, complete with subtle blue, grey and charcoal tones. For an even more varied look, a blend of the Pebble Taupe and Dawn Mist color options is possible. This combination serves to highlight the cool tones of bluestone with natural browns and warm earthy shades.
Westport EnduraColor from Unilock offers rich natural texture and a zero bevel edge that is equally compatible with contemporary and traditional landscape designs. The New York Blend, a recent addition to the color options available for this paver, provides the subtle, cool look of bluestone that makes it so compatible with lush greenery and vibrant accents. Westport EnduraColor is also imbued with an EnduraColor finish, ensuring long lasting depth to the gentle colors of the paver’s surface.
Likewise, Thornbury offers a perfect substitute for bluestone with its New York Blend color option. In addition, Thornbury provides a permeable paving solution to ensure the replenishment of groundwater supplies while easing the pressures placed on stormwater and drainage systems. Permeable pavers have the added advantages of remaining cool in summer, reducing dust in the immediate environment and filtering pollutants from natural water reserves. This makes Thornbury an excellent choice for homeowners seeking both the look of bluestone as well as the modern benefits of an environmentally friendly paver.
A classic paver from Unilock, Brussels Block is outstanding in providing a rustic, antique appearance for your driveway. Brussels Block boasts tumbled edges and a worn look that is reminiscent of ancient European pavers. This paver is available in a grey Limestone and varied New York Blend to replicate the handsome appeal of bluestone.