It doesn’t matter whether you are creating an aesthetically pleasing walkway to your front door or a flower-lined path through your garden, flagstone is an easy-to-use and attractive material to consider. Not only does it create an artistic visual-appealing path for visitors to follow, but it is also stronger than concrete and resists cracking, even through freeze-thaw cycles in cold climates.
One of the many great attributes of flagstone is that it blends beautifully with its natural surroundings. There’s something about a path of paving stones through a treed lot or lush garden that makes it feel as though the stones just sprung up there on their own.
Since it is a natural stone material, flagstone is generally found in natural asymmetrical shapes but can also be cut by your stone supplier to fit specific dimensions, particularly if you have precise gaps to fill. Flagstone not only blends into your garden naturally, it also compliments several other types of stones and finishes you may already have, or wish to add.
- Increase home’s retail value
- Stepping Stones
- Encompassing a backyard pond
- Surrounding a fountain
- Countertops for outdoor fixtures
Laying a Flagstone Path
Although flagstone paving stones are easy to install, this is a labor-intensive project. The stones can be heavy and awkward to maneuver. Pace yourself and don’t think that you’ll be flying through this in just one afternoon. You’ll need to take time to build a stable base before you begin laying the paving stones. Be creative and artistic as you lay the stones in the perfect pattern, like a jigsaw puzzle.
Flagstone is typically set into sand or soil over a rock or gravel base but can also be set in rock, gravel or concrete. The attached video shows how to build a flagstone patio and the basics are the same for laying a walkway.
Even though laying flagstone can be labor-demanding project, it is a great DIY activity for those who have free time during the summer. Not only does it get you outside in the sunshine, it also leaves your yard more visually appealing and increases your home’s retail value. If you are looking for a company with an extensive flagstone selection, call Garrity Stone, INC. Contact us at 317-546-0893 or stop by our convenient location in Indianapolis, Indiana for information on using paving stones in your project.