5 Big Mistakes to Avoid When Building Your Flagstone Patio

by Larry

Flagstone PatioFlagstones are a popular choice for patio materials because of their natural rustic look. Patios made of flagstone are easy to maintain and require minimal effort to make look really good. However, constructing a flagstone patio is not as easy as everyone thinks. But with some guidance, great results can be achieved! Here are 5 mistakes to avoid when building your flagstone patio.

1. Narrow width

Flagstone patios, as well as flagstone walkways, have a tendency to look bigger than they supposedly are. This is because the unevenly-sized pieces of flagstones create an illusion of space. This means that the longer you work on building your patio, the more you get tricked into thinking that your patio is wide enough, when in truth, it really isn’t. What’s even worse about this mistake is that it only becomes apparent once the project is done and the patio is ready to be tried out. By the time you realize that it’s not big enough, you can’t do anything about it anymore, unless you are willing to spend more time and money to renovate it.

2. Failure to inspect the flagstone

Although it is obviously easier to just simply order your flagstones and have them delivered to your doorstep, purchasing without inspection can sometimes be more costly and time consuming. Since flagstones have a unique pattern or design, there are no two flagstones that have exact identical markings. No matter how extensive the online catalogs of stone suppliers are, there is still a huge chance that what gets delivered to you are not exactly the ones that you had in mind for your patio design. If this happens, returning the materials and waiting again for the right ones can be very troublesome. This is why it is advisable to personally inspect the flagstones before buying them. This will ensure you have the correct materials that you will use for your flagstone structures.

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3. Low-leveled base

When laying down the flagstone base, the final level of the base is usually expected to be higher than the level of the surrounding area. This is because you don’t want the flagstone base to retain water when it rains. Despite flagstones’ natural tendency to resist being slippery, frequent formation of puddles can ruin its natural texture and eventually cause it to become unstable.

4. Weak or loose flagstone base

One of the difficult things to do when constructing a flagstone patio is leveling the base. To address this problem, some people use less compact or weak base materials to allow for easier adjustments of the flagstones. This is a huge mistake because, in the long run, it will eventually cause the base to become unstable. If that happens, your patio will look like a huge and dangerous obstacle course, complete with puddles and wobbly steps.

5. Lack of knowledge in installation

Although it looks and sounds simple enough to do, constructing your own patio is actually difficult. Getting all the necessary materials is one thing, but having the skills to actually install one is another. There are many Internet guides that give the basic steps in the process, but only a few really provide the complete procedures involved in building a solid, beautiful and long-lasting flagstone patio.

We recommend you check out the "How To Install A Flagstone Patio Like A Pro" step-by-step guide. You will learn all you need to know to to create your very own flagstone patio.

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Decorative Concrete Patio Nashville January 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Good explanation. I was thinking about putting one of these in, but your how to guide helped me out.

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