Flagstone is a common term for any type of flat slab of natural paving. Flagstone can be used for many different purposes such as patios, walkways, retaining walls, and pool decks. There are many great advantages to this beautiful stone from its appearance to its low maintenance. At Fuller Stone Care, South Bay’s trusted flagstone specialist, we like to provide you with only the best information for all your stone care needs.
APPEARANCE: Rich in earth toned colors and textures, this type of stone is especially ideal for around pools because of it’s non-slip surface but is beautiful in any setting. Flagstone comes in several different pieces that differ in sizes and shapes making each landscape entirely unique and one of a kind. Out of all the types of stone out there, flagstone will for sure provide the most “natural” look and feel to your home.
MAINTENANCE: As long as your flagstone is properly sealed, its durability should remain high and maintenance low for years to come. Of course, flagstone is not invincible so it is still subject to water stains, particularly in areas where the water supply is alkaline or contains minerals. Stains are also unavoidable in outdoor living spaces and even more unavoidable in spaces that may be designated for cooking and dining. That is where sealing your stone will save you. You should also sweep regularly to ensure loose dirt and plant debris don’t sit on the stone for prolonged periods of time and cause stains.
DURABILITY AND REPAIRS: Flagstone is incredibly durable and ideal for outside use because of it’s nonslip surface, resistance to moisture and heat, and can withstand constant use. It’s also so durable because of its dense makeup. There are different types of flagstone with some being soft and others being hard as granite. The softer version should definitely be sealed because it will help dramatically slow down the natural erosion process.
SEALER: This may be the most important part of the blog. There are numerous types of sealers – ranging from penetrating to topical sealers. A penetrating sealer will fill the pores in the stone and repel spills, etc. A topical sealer will be more like an acrylic wax or a lacquer. These topical sealer typically last around a year or less and then need to be removed and reapplied. Most topical sealers are not breathable so they trap moisture and cause efflorescence and cause erosion. At Fuller Stone Care we use only breathable sealers that are made to last for years to come and are renewable.