Laying a Flagstone Path: Mistakes to Avoid

A flagstone path can be an attractive asset to any home and. With the variety of shapes and sizes of flagstone pavers, no two paths are ever the same. They generally provide a walkway through a yard to the front door, preventing muddy footprints on your carpet and stopping guests from having to walk directly on the driveway. Laying a flagstone path is a relatively easy DIY job but there are several things to be aware of before attempting to install it. 

Lack of Preparation

One of the most common errors when laying a flagstone walkway is not preparing properly. Many homeowners jump straight into the project without taking time out to think about how much material they will need or how they want it to look. Before you begin, lay the flagstone pavers in a pattern that you find pleasing and varied. This will not only help you visualise the final flagstone path but ensure you don't wind up with too many or too few pavers. 

Poorly Made Base for Flagstone Pavers

It is essential that you properly prepare the base in which you plan to set your flagstone pavers. Keep in mind that it will need to support weight and constant traffic. A poorly made base could see your flagstone walkway start to sink and slowly spread out in different directions. 

An Unlevel Flagstone Walkway

When it comes to a flagstone walkway, safety is of utmost importance, so use large pieces and lay them close together to avoid gaps where guests could trip. Once you have set them down, walk up and down the path to find any stones that have shifted or tipped underfoot and adjust them accordingly.