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Pro question: one inch or 1.5 inch bluestone

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by dovetail, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. dovetail

    dovetail LawnSite Member
    from va
    Messages: 11

    I am contracting new patio. For a dry laid patio using thermaled, cut bluestone, is there any significant advantage to using 1.5 vs. 1.0 inch?
    Thanks for your help.
  2. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,578

    stronger pieces, less chance of cracking if a air pocket or something happens in the mortar.
  3. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    For a dry lay application I would want to go with the thicker pieces to resist cracking better in the event of the base shifting or settling and a gap forming under the stone. If it was wet the concrete would support the underside of the thinner stone.
  4. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,497

    I use true 1". Problem with just saying 1" is that there are different grades of stone. You can have a 1" pallet that has 1/2" thick pieces in it.

    I use 1" for everything, dry or wet. On occasion, I'll use 1.5" if I feel its necessary.
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    For dry, we use 1.5". You never know what they client will wheel over the patio (keg of beer, new refridgerator through the back door, new washer machine through the back door, etc). It's cheap insurance.

  6. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    I see dry walks and patios out of 3/4 inch. I wont touch them with the mower. The pattern cut thermal stuff will actually be consistent in thickness. Ultimately it depends on price difference or just offer the option.

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