3 Big Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Flagstones For Your Flagstone Patio Project

by Larry

Flagstone PatioSo you’ve finally decided to install that flagstone patio you always dreamed about. You’ve got the furniture picked out and the layout all planned; now you just need to get the flagstones. It’s at this point a lot of people make poor choices in flagstones and end up disappointed with the final result. If you avoid these three big mistakes you’ll not only have a great looking flagstone patio, but one that will last you for years to come!

1. Choosing the wrong color, or getting uneven colored stones for one flagstone patio

This is a big one, and it’s easy to do. When choosing your flagstones make sure you inspect them closely. If you noticed that some of them don’t seem to match well with the others, get new stones. When you find the right colors, take some samples back to the instillation site and makes sure it matches the house. This way the color of the stone will stand out much better in natural sunlight than under store light. There is nothing worse than buying a large amount of stones and getting them all to the installation site only to find that it wasn’t quite what you were expecting.

2. Choosing stones that are too thin and will break when walking on your flagstone patio

It may not seem like a big deal, especially since you can appreciate the weight reduction in this is a do-it-yourself project, but choosing thin stones can be a serious detriment to your flagstone patio. As the flagstones are exposed to the heat of the sun and then cool at night, they will continually expand and contract. These changes are tough enough on the stone, but if your stones are too thin they will be brittle and break if something heavy falls on them. They may even crack with the weight of the furniture pressing on them over time. Get stones that are nice and thick so they won’t take a way from the look you worked so hard to achieve. They may be tougher to move, but they’ll be that much tougher to break.

3. Buying cheap stones

It’s tempting isn’t it? Trying to stay within that budget while achieving the look you want. However, it can’t be stressed enough that you should not skimp on the stones. This is a simple case of you get what you pay for. The main issue with buying cheap flagstone is that it will wear quickly over time. Cheap stones will not hold the proper color and will fade. If that wasn’t bad enough, cheap stone will lose it’s integrity much faster over time, causing you to have to replace a large portion of your flagstone patio sooner than you’d like.

It seems like a lot to avoid but by following these simple tips and by using a great guide like “How to Install a Flagstone Patio Like a Pro”, you can save yourself a lot of headache.

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