You’ve probably heard about flagstone patios if you live in or around Rockville, MD. When done well, flagstone patios are beautiful and last a long time.
What is Flagstone?
Flagstone is a sedimentary rock composed of feldspar and quartz. It is a layered quarried stone, held together by silica. It is harder than sandstone – and that’s important in our climate of heat and hard freezes.
Flagstone comes in many gorgeous colors: blues, browns, tans, grays and reds. Some homeowners choose to mix colors, some go with one color, with slight variations (darker or lighter). Homeowners should choose a color or colors most complementary to their homes.
Things to keep in mind when you are choosing the flagstone for your patio:
- Pick a flagstone that comes in as many shapes, sizes and thicknesses as possible.
- Glittery flagstone can lose this sparkle under wear and tear.
- Brightly colored stone may prove softer than more uniform muted tones.
- Stone which is quarried nearest to your site will cost less to ship.
Flagstones can be in their “natural” form, or cut into geometric shapes (i.e., squares or rectangles) to be used in patterns. The shape of the flagstones in dependent on your patio design. Here are some ways flagstone can be quarried or cut:
- Ledgestone: Relatively flat strips of stone for stacking.
- Milled: Flagstone cut to an edge on one or more sides.
- Mosaic: Patterns made up of random pieces.
- Pavers: Cut flagstone into square or rectangular units.
- Steppers: Flat stones used as pathway step stones.
- Sawn Bed Veneer: Stone cut to a certain depth with natural surface on one side.
- Slabs: Large flat pieces of stone with irregular outlines.
- Snapped Veneer: Stone snapped to provide flat surfaces on both sides.
- Thin Veneer: Flagstone cut to lay on concrete slab.
- Treads: Stone machined to suit step treads or risers.
- Tumbled: Processed to soften edges.
For more information on flagstone patios in Rockville, MD, please contact East Coast Landscape Design. The East Coast Landscape Design team has over a quarter century of experience in the design, installation, and care of practical and beautiful flagstone patios, walkways, and driveways in Rockville, MD.
If you are a homeowner, there are a few very good reasons you should consider flagstone patios in Beltsville Md.
- Your flagstone patio will be unique to your home. Flagstone patios are custom designed and installed to work with the style of your home; the color, shape, thickness, and pattern can be adjusted to your preference, style of home, and the space available.
- There is very little maintenance involved when caring for flagstone patios in Beltsville MD. You only need to do a few hours of fall and spring maintenance to flagstone patios, and that’s about it.
- You don’t have to worry about flagstone patios being damaged by extreme heat or cold in Beltsville MD. Flagstone patios hold up well in during our extreme temperatures. Flagstones don’t expand and contract when the temperature or humidity changes.
For more information about flagstone patios in Beltsville MD, please contact East Coast Landscape Design. The East Coast Landscape Design team has over a quarter century of experience in the design, installation, and care of practical and beautiful flagstone patios, walkways, and driveways in Beltsville MD.
Flagstone patios are becoming more popular in MD; they can be a beautiful and natural alternative to brick or cement patios. But how do they perform in the heat and humidity in Maryland?
Flagstones reflect the sun, and can be quite hot to walk on with bare feet. However, flagstone patios in MD can handle our state’s various climates, and they don’t expand and contract when the temperature or humidity changes.
So the good news is that – when installed correctly – flagstone patios can be extremely durable, and last for decades in the MD heat and humidity. However, installing flagstone patios in MD correctly is not really a DIY project. It’s a back-breaking and time intensive job, which requires experience with ensuring a level outcome, and an eye for fitting those stones beautifully together.
For more information about flagstone patios in MD, please contact East Coast Landscape Design. The East Coast Landscape Design team has over a quarter century of experience in the design, installation, and care of practical and beautiful flagstone patios, walkways, and driveways in suburban MD.
Flagstone patios are a popular with MD homeowners – but how can you make your flagstone patio feel more private? The solution is to use a combination of hardscape and landscape design techniques. Here’s how:
- Plant hedges and ornamental grasses that grow lush and tall around your flagstone patio
- Install a privacy fence around your flagstone patio
- Add some latticework to your flagstone patio
- Obscure the view by creating a curved pathway leading to your flagstone patio
- Build a simple pergola and plant climbing vines around your flagstone patio
- Create a wall of planters
- Add a canopy over the flagstone patio
- Build retaining walls to enclose your flagstone patio
Need more ideas about creating more privacy for flagstone patios in MD? Please contact East Coast Landscape Design. The East Coast Landscape Design team has over a quarter century of experience in the design, installation, and care of beautifully private flagstone patios in MD.