Laying a flagstone walkway can be a very good choice if you have a worn trail outside your home or you want to substitute an existing pathway with something nicer. With Professional Stone Work, installing a flagstone walkway is just a matter of choosing your style of flagstone and determining how you want the pieces to be laid out. Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding this type of walkway. Well, we here at Professional Stone Work are about to make some real waves in the industry by debunking three of these myths here and now.
Flagstone Walkway Myth No. 1: A Walkway Cannot be Built on a Hill
Flagstone Walkway Fact:
If the slope of the hill is too steep to keep rock and sand in place, we will dig out steps as needed. We are professionals, and have been in this business for several years, and we will construct a quality walkway that will not erode. We’ll let you know if you need a low retaining wall, or if some half-buried support stones will do the trick.
Flagstone Walkway Myth No. 2: It’s Easy to Do-It-Yourself
Flagstone Walkway Fact
Although you can build your walkway yourself, it will take up a lot of your time, and it’s labor-intensive. In fact, one of the main disadvantages of flagstone walkways is that if you don’t know how to install it correctly, it can end up costing you more money and time than you intended. For example, not using enough material for the walkway base would cause problems later on, since flagstone needs a solid and well-compacted base, built into a foundation of up to 8” deep depending on your soil condition.
Stone is a natural material and tastefully done stonework usually adds value to your property. Professional Stone Works will use only authentic material for your flagstone driveway, so you won’t end up with concrete or imitation river stones that crack or discolor easily. We will also make sure that the final height of the flagstone driveway is slightly higher than the surrounding area to prevent water logging, and that your pathway is wide enough for two persons.
Flagstone Walkway Myth No. 3: Flagstones are only for informal backyards
Flagstone Walkway Fact
Flagstones can be used in formal designs – if the flagstone is fitted closely and has a nice clean edge the walkway will have a formal look. Of course, it’s easier to install flagstone that’s spaced out more widely, which creates a more rustic-looking walkway, with plants or grass growing in the crevices, especially if it’s a dry-laid walkway. Professional Stone Work also installs walkways in cement on a concrete base, which is more expensive and time consuming, but will remain maintenance-free for years. A flagstone walkway can also be installed in sand or crushed limestone.
As an owner-operated company, Professional Stone Work will provide excellent service and the highest quality of work. We employ well-trained stone builders, and we do not outsource any of the work. We provide both commercial and residential service, with clear and accurate estimates before the work is started. Please ask about our long list of satisfied customers, and how adding stonework to their homes improved their property values.