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Flagstone patio ideas
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Planning your next garden project? Have you thought about introducing a patio into your outdoor space?

If so, consider flagstone, which is simply any flat stone cut to shape and laid as paving slabs. A classic choice for garden paving, you can achieve a wide range of looks and finishes with flagstone.

If you’re planning a flagstone patio, here’s our guide to everything you need to know. Ready to review costs to get a flagstone patio installed? If yes, then head over to our patio cost guide.

Different types of flagstone

There’s a huge range of different flagstones available, each with different textures, finishes and colours. Popular types of flagstone include:

Sandstone

Available in a range of colours, ideal for creating a contemporary or earthy look.

Limestone

Limestone flags are available in many colours, including grey, beige, yellow and black. With a natural split finish, limestone flags are classic and elegant.

Slate

Available in rich silver, grey and green tones, slate flags create a distinct, bold look.

Basalt

Basalt is a volcanic rock that looks at home in contemporary patios, as well as rustic, natural outdoor spaces.

Bluestone

Bluestone is often used for paving, adding a classic look to any patio with its blue, purple and grey tones.

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Flagstone patio in a garden

Benefits of a flagstone patio

Flagstones are a great choice for patios of all types and sizes. Allowing you to create a really natural look, these paving slabs are incredibly durable and can be laid dry for a permeable surface.

You can allow moss and grass to grow between the flagstone if you’re after a natural look, or you can keep things sleek and clean with cement or pebbles between the flags.

Flagstones are also incredibly versatile. They are available in a range of stones and colours to suit the look you want and can be laid in countless different layouts and designs.

Choosing a colour, style and pattern

There are plenty of styles and colours of flagstones available, so you’re sure to find ones that suit the style of patio you’ve got planned.When it comes to layouts and patterns, there’s just as much choice! From basic to creative, simple to more complex, there is a huge range of designs to choose from.

Patterns include motifs, single size patterns, herringbone patterns, multi-size patterns and random layouts. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration!

Flagstone patio ideas for gardens

Preparing the ground for installation

Before a flagstone patio can be laid, the ground will be prepared to ensure it is level.

Firstly, you’ll need to mark the patio edges, using stakes and string.

All grass and plants will need to be removed from the area. You’ll then need to dig down far enough to accommodate the paving slabs, as well as the levelling material and a gravel base, if one is being used.

As a general rule, you’ll need to dig down six inches, plus the depth of the flagstones you’re using.

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Aftercare of a flagstone patio

Once your flagstone patio has been installed, it’s important that you carry out the correct maintenance to ensure it stays looking its best for years to come.

Brushing

You should brush your flagstone patio thoroughly three to four times a year. Use a stiff brush to clean the patio with hot, soapy water. You should also ensure that you remove any dirt frequently, and don’t let it sit on the stones for too long.

Removing stains

If you find that your flagstones become stained, try removing them initially with a power washer. If this doesn’t work, you can also buy specialist cleaning products, but remember to test on a small area first to ensure they won’t damage the stone.

Sealing

Some people seal their flagstone paving. This can help to make cleaning easier, can enhance the colour or create a glossy, stylish finish. If you do decide to seal your flagstones, it’s important to find the correct sealant and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Of course, the best way to create a beautiful and lasting flagstone patio in your garden is to get it professionally designed and laid.

Check out our checked and vetted traders to find a local paving specialist to take care of the project for you. You can even video call them to discuss plans for your flagstone patio to be carried out at a later date.

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