Flagstone patios have a very natural look. The most common types of flagstone used for paving patios are sandstone, slate and limestone. There are a variety of colors to choose from including browns, reds, grays and blues. Flagstone provides a durable and naturally slip-resistant patio surface that will last for years.
Benefits of a Flagstone Patio:
- Natural look
- Can be laid dry for a permeable surface
- Moss, grass or a hardy ground cover can be grown between the stones
- Rich color with natural variation
Flagstones can be used to create a formal or informal patio. For a formal look, select cut flagstones and have them laid in a repeating pattern. For an informal look, select irregular flagstones and have them laid randomly. This informal style is often called crazy paving.
Sometimes the surface of a flagstone patio can become uneven. This problem is typically caused by improper installation or deep freezes that cause the ground to heave. Ask a professional installer how to avoid this issue.
Flagstone Patio Cost:The cost of a flagstone patio varies widely depending on your location, the amount of flagstone needed, as well as the type and color of flagstone. You can expect to pay between 15 and 30 dollars a square foot. Because flagstone is expensive, many homeowners choose to use it in conjunction with other materials such as concrete, bricks or manufactured pavers.
The cost of a flagstone patio will also depend on how it is installed. Mortaring flagstones on top of a concrete slab is typically more expensive than dry laying the stones over a base of sand and gravel.