Can't make up my mind - concrete or flagstone?

Gina_WJuly 7, 2010

Aaack! I've done kitchen and bath remodels but can't make a decision with this patio.

I have about 800sf of concrete patio that I am having torn out. We initially thought of flagstone, but saw some not-so-great flagstone work in the neighborhood - then thought of concrete with 2-3 colors in a large geometric design - like this.

The house is a mid-century mod that we would like to step-by-step make more mod. We have now found two excellent candidates to do the work, either way we go - with personal references.

I can't decide. What would YOU do and why?

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Flagstone patios are wonderful. The only downfall is that the stones have uneven surfaces which can make for difficulty leveling tables and seating.

Personally, I do not like concrete. No matter how carefully it is installed, ground settling, climate change etc. cause cracks to develop. Consequently, I installed pavers. They can be lifted and re-leveled is necessary to maintain an even surface. I believe there are even flagstone looking pavers made now.

The base compacting below the install is the critical element and if you have experienced contractors to consider, ask them what they believe works best in your climate.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2010 at 10:21PM
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When I think of mid-century modern, I think of natural materials in a modern design. So that points to flagstone. But I'd do square and rectangular flagstone, in some sort of tile pattern like pinwheel or versailles, not the random size/shape stuff that's often used.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 12:00PM
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Why not stamped concrete? You could do flagstone or any number of other textures and patterns.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2010 at 1:55PM
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Another vote for pavers (especially of you have clay soil or trees with shallow roots)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 3:38PM
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I don't trust concrete. Seen it crack way too many times even on newly poured patios or driveways. Go with pavers or flagstone, especially if, like salmon said, you have any tree roots nearby or clay soil.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 9:55PM
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I second pavers as well, for all the reasons above. They look great, low maintenance, little cracking (though you might get settling, easy to fix). Might be a bit more expensive than the other options, but it pays off after a lot of years.

Here is a link that might be useful: Concrete Pavers Guide

    Bookmark   August 5, 2010 at 6:33PM
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