What is Bluestone?
Bluestone pavers in Melbourne is not a geological term, but rather a word for any form of rock that, by means of geological-specific conditions, is blue in colour. Bluestone steppers gets its colour from the different minerals that have fossilised into the rock during formation. In Australia there are two varieties of bluestone, one found in Victoria and the other in South Australia. The Bluestone pavers in Victoria better known as ‘Victorian Bluestone’ is a kind of basalt.
Basalt is an igneous rock made up primarily of feldspar and is usually grey to black and fine-grained due to rapid cooling of lava on the surface of a planet. These bluestone tiles in Melbourne was a highly favoured building product during the gold rush and is seen throughout the streets and homes throughout the city and country side of Victoria. Victorian bluestone was extracted from quarries in the city areas of Coburg, Clifton Hill and Brunswick, as well as from more regional parts of Victoria including Ballarat, Geelong, Kyneton, Port Fairy and Portland. In South Australia the name Bluestone is given to a type of slate which is much less durable than Victorian bluestone, but was valued for its decorative appearance. The colour of this Bluestone tiles in Melbourne is usually pale grey to beige in colour and was formed as a metamorphic rock which is mostly made up of quartz.
In other parts of the world, the name Bluestone pavers can be used for various limestones and also some sandstones. Chinese bluestone is generally a grey limestone which is a sedimentary rock made up of minerals calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate.
Feel free to ask us for any other details you’d like to know on the various bluestone products we supply.
Where is your Bluestone from?
We supply a very large range of Bluestone from various regions throughout the world. Each bluestone has its unique tonings, textures and features. Please visit our showroom to explore the various types of Bluestone to select which is best for you.
What are the benefits of choosing Bluestone?
Bluestone tiles in Melbourne are extremely popular products in the landscaping industry, and will add immediate value to your home. It can be seen throughout the city of Melbourne, and offers a timeless appeal to any application. Bluestone pavers is an extremely durable, slip resistant, hard wearing, colour fast and easy to lay product. It offers various colours throughout its range, from soft light blues, to stormy grey tonings. Bluestone steppers is a very versatile material, and is suitable for pool areas, patios, paths, steps, indoor and outdoor flooring, wall cladding, bathrooms, fireplace hearths, bbq benchtops and more. For more details reach us at – 03 8838-1342
What is the difference between bluestone pavers, tiles and coping?
Bluestone Pavers in Melbourne are stone tiles which are usually 20mm + in thickness and for outdoor applications. Bluestone Tiles in Melbourne are normally less than 20mm in thickness and great for areas that have height or weight restrictions.
Coping is the cap or edging that is placed around the top edge of a swimming pool, and often used for steps and retaining walls. Contact us to know more.
What surface finish is available in your Bluestone?
The main two finishes available are either sawn or honed. We can supply other finishes as required, including Flamed, Sandblasted, Polished and more. Lead times for custom orders may apply for some finishes. To know more call us at – 03 8838-1342
Which surface finish will suit me the best?
The most suitable finish will be determined by the application you require the stone for. For paving around wet areas such as pools, we recommend a sawn bluestone pavers in Melbourne to ensure a good slip resistance. Honed paving and bluestone tiles in Melbourne offer a darker appearance to the stone, and are great for use for walling, bathroom areas and custom stone such as fireplace hearths. For slip rating tests, please contact our office.
Is sealing required for my Bluestone tiles in Melbourne?
Bluestone tiles in Melbourne does not necessarily require sealing, and if left unsealed it will develop a natural patina over time. It will depend on the area it is being installed and the requirements of the client. For information and recommendations on which sealer to use for your stone, please contact experienced team members.
Should I seal my Bluestone pavers in Melbourne before grouting?
You may pre-seal if you wish, but it is not absolutely necessary. How do I clean cement residue off my Bluestone pavers in Melbourne from grouting? To remove the cement residue off your Bluestone, we recommend using Guardit GAR (Green Acid Replacement) at 10 parts water to 1 part GAR. Apply using a stiff brush, then rinse before sealing. Want to know more reach at – 03 8838-1342
How do I remove white marks (efflorescence) from the stone?
To remove the cement residue off your Bluestone, we recommend using Guardit GAR (Green Acid Replacement) at 10 parts water to 1 part GAR. Apply using a stiff brush, then rinse before sealing. To know more contact us today.
How do I remove rust marks from the stone?
We recommend using a new product from Guard It Solutions called GuardIt MVR. Apply a thin light coat and leave the stain to disappear. Please see the product PDS for further information.
Will sealing of Bluestone steppers change the colour of the stone?
This will depend on the sealer you are using and whether it is solvent based or water based. If you want to keep the Bluestone steppers the same colour as it is, we recommend using a water based sealer such as Porous All Stone penetrating sealer by Guard It Solutions. If you are looking to enhance and darken the colour of your Bluestone, we can supply you with our Revive and Seal’ enhanced colour sealer by Construction chemicals. Please contact us for further advice.
What is the estimated cost involved in installation of bluestone tiles in Melbourne?
The price of installation will vary depending on paver size, thickness, site preparation, site access and the quality of the job. Contact our office for our list of recommended installers.
Is there much variation in Bluestone steppers?
Also known as basalt, bluestone steppers is a naturally occuring product that offers unique characteristics such as light veining and occasional aeration holes, also known as ‘cats paws’. These are small holes in the stone which were formed when lava that creates Bluestone cools from liquid to solid. Slight variation in colour and texture can occur from piece to piece, which adds to the natural inherent beauty and individuality of the product. The stone we sell is the most dimensionally accurate product that can be sourced. However, sizes are nominal and slight variations of +/-2 mm can occur. Call or contact us today, and we’ll get you started! 03 8838-1342.
Can Bluestone pavers get hot in the sun?
Occasionally darker bluestones pavers can become hot underfoot from direct sunshine on the very hot days in Summer. We offer lighter bluestone colour options which will inherently hold less heat, as well as other paving options such as travertine and marbles if this is a concern to you. For those extremely hot days, it is also advisable to give your paving a good hose down to cool off the stone prior to walking on. If you are planning to install bluestone pavers then contact Estone Direct in Melbourne.
My stone has some swirl marks on the surface? What are these and how can I remove them?
In the manufacturing process, the stone is cut with a diamond blade, then the surface is rubbed in a circular motion with a fine diamond pad to remove deep saw marks. This process sometimes leaves light swirl marks on the surface of the stone. Once laid and grouted the swirl marks tend to go unnoticed and will disappear over time. Call us today, and we’ll get you started!
Will it be safe to deliver Bluestone to my home?
Our stone is packaged extremely well so it will arrive on site in good condition. We use a range of reputable and reliable freight agents to transport your order. During transit, occasional rubbing of the products face and minor chips may occur. This is accepted as normal within the landscape industry, and any chipped pieces are generally used as cuts. Industry accepted practice and our recommendation is to order 5-10% extra to allow for cuts and wastage For interstate deliveries, please allow additional time to ensure your order is packaged securely for interstate transport. For custom stone projects, such as fireplace hearths, we require a minimum of 30mm thickness to transport interstate to avoid any possible breakages. Please see our shipping terms and conditions for further information.
How do I cut my Bluestone tiles in Melbourne?
We understand that not all Bluestone tiles in Melbourne are the exact fit for the job. Some may need to be cut down to ensure they fit neatly into your space. At eStone Direct, we are your one stop shop! We will supply you with your quality stone product, and cut each piece down to your desired size prior to collection or pickup. Our in-house fabrication services and experienced team of stonemasons are what really sets us apart from other stone suppliers. Let us know your size requirements and we will do the rest. We also offer waterjet cutting, mitring, laminating, bull-nosing, bevelling and other custom stone work. Please contact us for a quote. Our lead times vary depending on the complexity of the job. For basic cutting, lead times are anywhere from on-the-spot cutting through to 1-2 day. Alternatively you can cut the tiles yourself if you have the appropriate tools and wet saw. Please note that cutting natural stone can create a lot of dust, so ensure you are cutting in a well ventilated area or outside, and wearing appropriate safety goggles, mask and gloves. For further installation information, please contact our team at eStone Direct.
Can you supply custom made Bluestone products?
Anything is possible when it comes to custom projects. Our in-house stonemasons offer free expert advice and the use of detailed 3d programs to achieve a precise result. Depending on the complexity of your project, we will use either our in house fabrication services for efficient, fast turnarounds, or our overseas warehouse for jobs that require larger stone pieces, and more complex machinery. Please contact us to discuss your custom project. Typical lead time for any overseas Bluestone custom orders is between 6 to 8 weeks.
Our recent custom stone projects include:
- Curved pool coping,
- Pier caps
- Perfect round steppers
- Window sills
- Stair treads and thresholds
- BBQ bench tops
- Fireplace hearths and mantels
- Outdoor seating and more.
- Can I return any unwanted product?
We are happy to return any pavers which may be surplus to your needs, however, we require them to be returned in the same condition as purchased. A minimum of 30% restocking rehandling fee will apply. Please click here to read our returns policy for more information.
What is your exhange or returns policy?
Returns and Exchange Policy:
All goods once delivered onsite or once they have left the seller’s premises are deemed to be in the care of the buyer and as such the buyer is solely responsible for their care. The buyer must inspect the goods immediately following collection or delivery.
The buyer can only return goods with the prior approval of the seller. The goods must be returned within 7days of pickup or delivery and must be in an unsold, undamaged and re-saleable state. A restocking fee of 30% is applicable on such returns. Any claim that the goods are not in accordance with these terms (including if they are defective, damaged during delivery, short delivered) must be made at the time of delivery or in writing to the seller within 48hours of delivery/pickup. If the buyer fails to make a claim then, to the extent permitted by law, the goods are deemed to have been accepted by the buyer and the buyer must pay for the goods in accordance with the terms.
Custom Orders: All specially ordered products shall only be ordered once the seller has received a minimum of 50% of the purchase price for such said goods either by EFT of clear fund showing up in the seller’s bank account or by credit card transaction. Lead times on custom orders are an estimate only, and in some cases exceed these times due to unforeseen circumstances. No refunds are applicable on custom orders.
|Pavers (mm)||Square Edge Coping (mm)||Drop Edge Coping (mm)||Bullnose (mm)|
|495 x 245 x (40, 60 & 80)|
600 x 300 x 10, 12, 20, 30 & 40.
400 x 400 x 20, 30 & 40
500 x 500 x 20, 30 & 40
600 x 600 x 20, 30 & 40
800 x 400 x 20, 30 & 40
800 x 800 x 20
1000 x 500 x 20, 30 & 40
1200 x 600 x 20, 30 & 40
|500 x 350 x 30|
500 x 500 x 30
800 x 400 x 30
500 x 250 x 30
1000 x 250 x 30
1000 x 350 x 30
600 x 230 x 30
600 x 250 x 30
600 x 300 x 30
600 x 350 x 30
1005 x 350 x 30
1005 x 500 x 30
1200 x 400 x 30
800 x 400 x 40
|1000 x 350 x 30/30 (60 Total)|
1000 x 350 x 20/20 (40 Total)
1000 x 500 x 30/30 (60 Total)
1000 x 350 x 30/50 (80 Total)
1000 x 350 x 30/90 (120 Total)
600 x 350 x 20/20 (40 Total)
800 x 400 x 20/30 (50 Total)
600 x 350 x 20/40 (60 Total)
500 x 500 x 30/50 (80 Total)
600 x 350 x 30/50 (80 Total)
1005 x 350 x 30/50 (80 Total)
1005 x 500 x 30/50 (80 Total)
|500 x 500 x 30 & 40|
600 x 300 x 30 & 40
800 x 400 x 30
600 x 600 x 30
1000 x 500 x 30
400 x 400 x 30
600 x 250 x 30
600 x 350 x 30
1005 x 350 x 30
1005 x 500 x 30
1200 x 400 x 30