Bluestone patio question

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by RyanDe680, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. RyanDe680

    RyanDe680 LawnSite Member
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    I will be putting down a roughly 20' x 23' bluestone multi-color natural cleft patio.

    I'd like to have my joints match this color:

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    I want to use some type of polymeric sand to bind between the joints while at the same time not having a white film (or similar coating) develop while I am applying the mortar.

    Any suggestions? I'd like to keep the color lighter as I think it shows more of the variation in colors.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't understand. Are you using polysand or mortar?
    If you're saying polymeric sand over mortar, that's a no-no.
     
  3. Danscapes

    Danscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    only mortar on those jobs bub.:nono:
     
  4. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think he is equating poly sand to mortar and thinking they are the same.....which of course they arent.

    I don't know of any white poly sand like that usually just tan or grey.

    In that picture it is pigmented mortar,not poly sand.

    You can use poly sand it doesnt have to be mortar,but again I dont know how you are going to find white.
     
  5. RyanDe680

    RyanDe680 LawnSite Member
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    I want to use whatever will make it look like that picture.

    I've searched and searched, I can't seem to find anyone who has used something of that color OR who has acheived that color.

    I was thinking that polysand was my only option between the bluestone, given a 1/2" or less gap in between the stones and that I could add some type of additive or pigment.... ;)
     
  6. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    You cant pigment poly sand.

    Only colors I know of are tan and grey.

    Again,that is mortar in the picture,not poly sand.You will need to mix the morter and add pigment to make it white.

    You will also need to pour a concrete bed for the blue stone to sit in,you cant mortar the joints over a typical sand base.....it has to be a concrete foundation.
     
  7. RyanDe680

    RyanDe680 LawnSite Member
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    I'm opting for the polysand then, since i will not be using a concrete bed....
     
  8. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good idea.

    Never used the additive just bought the straight sand.

    Have you ever used it??

    I actually have a blue stone patio I did when I was 18 and didn't know about poly sand ,that I put just black sand in the joints I want to switch.

    I might try that stuff because the white joints does do look the best against the blue stone.Dont know where I can find bags of white sand around here though.
     
  10. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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