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10 Questions To Ask When Ordering Flagstone For Landscaping

Mike Gregorio | September 11, 2023

Landscaping can transform a space, and the materials you choose play a pivotal role in this transformation. One popular choice among landscape enthusiasts and professionals alike is flagstone. As you delve into flagstone landscaping, it’s essential to arm yourself with the right questions to guarantee your project’s success.

  1. What are the Color Variations Available?

Flagstones come in an array of colors, from rust and red to blue-gray and beige. Knowing the available colors will help you decide on a shade that complements your overall landscape design.

  1. What Thickness Do I Need?

The thickness of the flagstone determines its strength and durability. While thinner stones might be suitable for areas with light foot traffic or as wall veneer, thicker ones are recommended for driveways or other high-traffic areas.

  1. Is the Flagstone Responsibly Sourced?

With growing concerns over the environment, it’s essential to ensure that the flagstone is sourced responsibly. This means ensuring that the extraction didn’t harm local ecosystems or was done without excessive water wastage.

  1. How Much Should I Order?

It’s always better to order a bit more than required. This accounts for breakages or future replacements. Provide the supplier with accurate measurements of the area you’re covering to get a close estimate, and consider adding 10%-15% extra.

  1. Are There Matching Accessories Available?

For flagstone landscaping, you might need matching accessories like  stair treads, pool copings, or wall caps. Inquire if these are available in the same color and finish as the flagstones.

  1. How Should I Prepare the Base?

A solid base is essential for the longevity of your flagstone project. Ask for recommendations on the type of base material and the depth required for optimal stability and drainage.

  1. Do You Offer Delivery and How Is It Priced?

The weight and bulkiness of flagstone can make transportation challenging. Understand if the supplier offers delivery, any associated costs, and how the stones will be offloaded at your property.

  1. What is the Return Policy?

There might be situations where you’d want to return some stones, maybe due to excess or unsatisfactory quality. Familiarize yourself with the supplier’s return policy to avoid future hassles.

  1. How Does the Flagstone Handle Extreme Weather Conditions?

If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, be it intense sun, heavy rain, or freezing temperatures, it’s crucial to understand how the flagstone will fare under such conditions.

  1. Are There Maintenance Recommendations?

While flagstone is generally low maintenance, knowing any specific care instructions, cleaning recommendations, or sealant suggestions can help in maintaining its beauty and longevity.

Laying the Foundation for Success

Embarking on a flagstone landscaping project can be both exciting and daunting. However, by arming yourself with the right set of questions, you pave the way (quite literally) for a successful landscaping endeavor.

Remember, it’s not just about aesthetics. The functionality, longevity, and overall feel of the space are equally critical. By investing time in understanding the intricacies of flagstone and ensuring that you’ve ticked off all boxes, you’re setting up your landscape to be a reflection of your vision, one stone at a time.

VP of Natural StoneMike Gregorio

MD: Gaithersburg

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