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What is a Flagstone Patio?

Ken Black
Ken Black

A flagstone patio is a type of patio made from a common material called flagstone. The stone is unique in a number of different ways and can help create a custom appearance in nearly any setting. A flagstone patio may be built by a contractor, but there are plenty of homeowners, many of whom are adept at landscaping, who opt to do the project themselves.

There are a number of options for a flagstone patio, the most basic of which is whether or not it will be a covered patio. While it is possible to cover a flagstone patio, the option makes for a slightly harder and more expensive project. For those who want an uncovered patio, there are some additional options with the shaping as well.


The flagstone offers a number of advantages for those who wish to use it. First, it offers a rustic theme for those who like a natural look to their home decorating. Second, the stones come in a variety of sizes and shapes, meaning that no flagstone patio will ever look identical to another one.

The flagstone patio can be even more natural looking by making it free-form, with curved edges. This design can also be used for a trail leading to the flagstone patio. While adding this feature will take a little more work, it creates a very natural appearance in the end.

In addition to the looks, flagstone patios offer many other advantages as well. For example, they are relatively easy to maintain. For the most part, sweeping off debris from the patio will ensure that its coloration stays much like it was the day it was laid. Other than that, not much other maintenance is required. A flagstone patio can be cleaned, though harsh cleaners are not recommended. A simple hose or pressure washing a few times a year should be enough.

Installing flagstone is not an easy job, but it is not as difficult as some may think. The most important thing to do is make sure you start with a level area for your flagstone and at least two inches of sand as a base. Adjustments can be made for the thickness of the stone as you proceed with the project. For those doing the project themselves, laying the stone in sand is recommended over using mortar. This allows the worker to take his or her time with the stone and make sure each piece is as level as possible. Leveling can be done by adding sand underneath the stone, or taking it away.

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