What can be more vital to your surroundings than those closest to your home - your patio? It certainly pays to take a close look when choosing its design. Both concrete and paver and flagstone patios have their advantages. This piece is largely about the stone type of patios: the paver and the flagstone.
Paver stones are made out of concrete and come in all kinds of sizes, shapes, and colors. Pavers are exceedingly useful for pools, driveways, and patios, and are held together by granular sand. Thin flat flagstones, either man made or natural, are utilized in patios and walkways. They are resilient (able to handle climates and not susceptible to freezing and thawing) and valuable, but tricky to use because of their small size. The money you save by installing a flagstone patio yourself, however, is sizable given the rather simple procedures involved and the large expense of hiring a contractor.
Driveways can also use them for their ground. Old concrete driveways can be easily covered by paver stones and improved. You can always cover up your driveway this way as long as not too many cracks and breaks exist.
You can install pavers to cover existing patio slabs. As long as the patio has no heaving sections and is in more or less decent condition, they can be used as a base and pavers can be placed on top. There is little need to break up the old patio just to install a new one, and this also saves the exertion of excavating ground.
There is one final advantage of getting paver patios: the stones themselves are individually replaceable. Unlike concrete, which upon cracking or yellowing from oil, are stained forever, this property of paver stones can save time and energy while keeping your patio fresh.
Retaining walls can be utilized to keep them in place. Vines can be used to adorn your patio. Make sure to keep your view in mind when crafting that perfect patio, and use vegetables and stone formation to improve and block certain views.
Sand, bark, moss, and virtually anything else can be used to fill the spaces connecting flagstones, since the filling material for flagstone patios is more variable than that of paver patios. Bark and moss will give you a natural feel, while sand gives a modern touch. This should very well be a part of the design.
Flagstones don't fit together well, and is often much harder to put together than other forms of stone patios. So be sure to mark in what place each piece goes during the design process. Lay them on the ground first, then label them as you take them off, in order to save time and energy.
Pools are also a awesome area to use flagstone since the stones are impervious to water and can withstand tremendous pressure. Furthermore, they are not slippery and are relatively cold - though not as cool as pavers.
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