Starting a Flagstone Walkway Project

Starting a Flagstone Walkway Project

If you’re looking to lay down a flagstone pathway for your next home improvement project there are many different options as to what you can get. The basic composition of flagstone is that first it has a larger surface area in relation to thickness. Their makeup is that of stratified rock of sedimentary and metamorphic origin. This is important to note as they are easily split or cleavable along their planes of lineation.

Sandstone is the most commonly used flagstone. This rock is formed primarily of silica. There are those which are split along their planes of lineation, and those that are not. The ones that are split are usually in thickness from 0.5″ to a few feet thick, and are split with hand chisels. The ones which are not are quarried in giant blocks which are cut into slabs with machines in the same way marble is. Machine cut slabs will show machine marks, hand cut slabs will look more natural.

Slate stones are layers of metamorphic rock with clay like minerals which are flat and flaky in nature. It is quite softer than sandstone and easily split by chisel and hammer. This makes them very easy to work with when trying to get them into tight spaces. You rarely need a machine to split and shape slate stone. Their limitation is in the availability of large rocks.

Limestone is calcareous sedimentary rocks that occur in nature in layers or beds. Some are split and some are not split. The ones which are split are worked on by hand to produce natural slabs. The non split is again cut with machines, which shows unnatural saw marks. Their surface can be polished, which is a real eye catcher.

A classic building material is clay bricks. These essential building blocks of human achievement come in all manner of styles and designs. From the classic wall cladding, the equally classic brick with a DP mark, to the diamond cladding solids, the paver, and all manner of clay bricks with carving designs. The most common size available is 220x100x70 millimeters. Surface finishes available are handmade, wire cut, and double fresh. They can be used for footpaths, garden beds, sidewalks, and pretty much any other exterior pathway. Not to mention building walls or even your own wishing well.

For a truly unique look, consider blending a wide assortment of flagstones together. This can give your home a look unlike any other around, and you can use your sense of design to express yourself in a way no one else can. A great accent to consider is carefully and tastefully placed marble slabs. These can be used as a centerpiece, an edging, or as a randomly placed eye catcher.

When you begin looking at your next home renovation project, and want to add a natural and earthy look to your home, flagstones are a great consideration. There are many options to choose from to best meet your needs, and to best suit your home. Start your research early and you’ll find great flagstone for your home in no time.

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