Why Choose Natural Flagstone for You Patio?
Posted on January 1, 2012
In Collin County there are various materials that can be used for a patio overlay. However, of all the available choices, flagstone is by far the most popular. This is because a flagstone patio has major advantages over other patio designs. Here are some of them.
Flagstone is obviously more attractive than any of the synthetic or artificial materials available for patios. Its natural rustic markings and drab colors bring out elegance in any flagstone patio. The unique patterns provide a vintage look to the place and, at the same time, a sense of identity because no two flagstones contain the same markings.
Flagstone also comes in many hues which allow you to truly customize the look of your patio. The most popular choice in North Texas is the Oklahoma variety due to its availability, price point, and color variations. But there are other choices available to suite various tastes and budgets
2. Stone offers more flexibility in design than any other product
You can even experiment with stone type or cut combinations to produce structured designs that appeal to your tastes.
3. Strength and Durability
Flagstones are naturally tough and even tougher when installed over concrete slabs. It takes a long time for water or other agents to change its texture, so even if it rains a lot, flagstone patios still offer traction and protection from slips. In fact, most patio owners would agree that for as long as the flagstone base was properly constructed, the patio will remain as stable and sturdy as it was when it was first built.
4. Little or no maintenance required
Assuming that the whole flagstone patio was constructed properly, it is expected to resist damage and change for a very long time. According to people who have structures at home made of flagstones, it only takes around two pressurized hose downs a year to maintain. For daily use, sweeping would be more than enough.
5. Different sizes to choose from
Flagstones come in different sizes. If you inspect your local stone suppliers, you will see so many options to choose from. There are flagstones that are about an inch or so thick. There are those that are so much thicker. Some flagstones come in fragments with a small surface, and there are fragments that come in large surfaces.
If you are constructing your flagstone patio from scratch, this means that you can have plenty of variations in your patio designs. Large ones are easier to balance than smaller ones but they offer a less jigsaw look. Smaller ones are harder to balance but they are easier to fit together. In some cases, it is also possible to use a combination of the two.
6. Price Point!
Among all the materials available for patio overlays flagstone by far is not the cheapest to install. However when you look at the timelessness beauty of stone and durability, natural stone has a much lower cost of ownership over all materials.