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What is catspaw in bluestone?

Bluestone is a natural stone that takes millions of years to harden. The stone gives a beautiful natural palette of dark shades, such as blue, grey, and deep shades of charcoal.

The stone is one of the most sought-after choices for all types of landscapes – whether you are decorating your lawn or building the patio. The most beautiful feature of the bluestone paver is catspaw – a design that gives your pavers a neat and sleek look.

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It also happens to be one of the special qualities of bluestone that sets the material apart from other paving slabs. So, what exactly are these catspaw, and in what percentage are they found in bluestone pavers. In this post, we will discuss everything you need to know about the bluestone catspaw, its design, how it sets your bluestone pavement apart from other pavers.

What is Catspaw?

In simple words, catspaw refers to the small holes found on the surface of your bluestone pavers. Like the rest of the slab, these holes develop on the surface due to the exposure to the pressure and gas emitted from the volcanoes where these stones are formed. The design gets its name from the fact that it resembles the catspaw and looks beautiful. While some people consider it a flaw, it is the quality that makes bluestone different from other paving stones. This natural feature of bluestone is also the reason why bluestone is the homeowners’ best choice for the exterior landscaping project. The design has the ability to add charm to just about any project.


As bluestone naturally appears to be a highly dense material, it is capable of withstanding typical Melbourne temperamental weather conditions.

Summers in Melbourne are famous for being highly humid. As such, when you go for the installation of top-quality bluestone pavers in the patio or outdoor area, there is no need to worry about the pavers fading due to increased humidity in the region. Natural stone is known to age well with the passage of time.

As winter would arrive in Melbourne and features freeze-thaw cycles, you will be glad to know that bluestone pavers tend to be highly resistant to these cycles as well. As such, you always remain in a win-win situation when you opt for natural bluestone pavers for your outdoor applications in Melbourne.


Bluestone is typically loved for its high non slip rating. For this reason, they’re a suitable paving and pool coping solution for homes with swimming pools and outdoor areas that may get wet.

The Melbourne CBD is famous for its bluestone cobblestone lanes and pavements. Due to its high non slip rating, the City of Melbourne has preserved and continues to develop the bluestone paving throughout the city.

Additionally, if you have children and/or eldery people in your home, this is particularly important factor to consider.

Ease of Maintenance

For busy Melbourne-ians, bluestone pavers are a practical paving solution. Keeping their pristine bluestone lustre is a lot easier than other materials such as marble or timber decking.

Once your bluestone pavers get a dirty, just high pressure wash them with water and wipe with a broom. Don’t use any abrasive cleaning chemicals (which may effect the surface).


Its highly recommended that you apply natural stone tile sealer to your bluestone pavers upon installation.

This will further ensure the pristine look and feel of your bluestone pavers for many years to come by providing a protective layer on top. Before purchasing a tile sealer, ensure that it is compatible with bluestone.

Contact the team at Stone & Slate Discounts if you’d like further advice or to purchase bluestone natural stone sealer.

With bluestone, you don’t need to worry about scratching, cracking and chipping – it is incredibly durable especially when compared to other stone options such as marble and granite tiles. Travertine keeps its appearance with little maintenance. This means your travertine tiles and pavers will maintain their strength from the day you install them for many years to come. For this reason, bluestone tiles will prove to be a great investment for a home renovation.

Even though bluestone is extremely tough, it is also a natural porous stone and may be susceptible to wear and tear after many years of use. Many renovators and landscapers love the character of archaic-style weathered travertine tiles. However, you can prevent this by applying a tile sealer.

We also recommend purchasing a few extra tiles just in case the time comes if you need to replace them. If you ever need to, replacing bluestone tiles is very easy to do and match colours.

You can’t go wrong with bluestone tiles and pavers. They are a great investment to upgrade and add value to your property. Check out the huge range of bluestone products here.

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