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Unread 03-24-2011, 08:04 PM   #1
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bluestone patio

This really isn't a tile question but I think the same principles would apply.
I'm planning on pouring a concrete patio late this spring after the weather breaks. The patio will be fairly large about 500 square feet. I want to top it with tumbled bluestone. The bluestone is made from cutoffs from bluestone treads- it comes in 12x18, 12x12, and 6x12 pieces. The thickness (2") is fairly uniform. I am going to lay it in a random pattern. I am in a freeze thaw area (northern Pa). What is the best way to handle the expansion joints in the concrete? Would Ditra work in this application? Any other ideas? I really don't want to dry lay them like the way pavers would be laid.
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Unread 03-24-2011, 08:11 PM   #2
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You can thinset them with a premium thinset, Laticrete Platinum works great for exterior installs. You can thinset them direct to the concrete, if it has cured for 28 days. You can use Ditra for exterior installation too, for an installation with Ditra, you don't have to wait 28 days, you can tile soon as the crete is hard enough to walk on. Either way, you will need a soft joint, using a matching silicone caulking at the expansion joints.
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The bluestone I run into usually varies in thickness too much to use thinset alone. We usually will beat them into fat mud with thinset on the slab and also on the back of the stone.
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Davy, here in Pa, bluestone is abundant in many types and sizes, you can find a quality gauged bluestone here easily at a good price as well. I have done a couple patios with a gauged tumbled bluestone that the stone was perfect in size, making it easy to set with thinset. So Jack this will all depend on the quality of your stone, and the flatness of your concrete.
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