Advantages of Flagstone Driveway
Flagstone pavers will not spall or deteriorate under extreme weather conditions.
Among the advantages of flagstone, its durability deserves special attention. The material can withstand even the most impressive loads, has resistance to wiping. The flagstone is not afraid of adverse effects of the atmosphere, sunlight. The surface of the flagstone is slightly rough, and even in rainy and slushy weather it does not become slippery and dangerous. The tile has a diverse and original color palette, its natural pattern cannot but attract attention.
Advantages of roads and paths made of natural stone:
- aesthetic appeal;
- resistance to temperature changes, freezing, heat, dampness;
- the possibility of self-laying.
How to install Flagstone Driveway
After the markup is done, a trench is dug on its points, its depth should be about 16 inches. Then, the ground on the site is carefully trampled. After that, along the walls of the trench set the curb blocks, or you can install the formwork on these parts. Some owners of country sites prefer to fill the trenches with kerbs of concrete – such structures above the ground will rise by several centimeters. The main function of such kerbs is to preserve the original shape of the driveway, prevent soil slippage and deformation of the canvas. The gutter formed in the trench is filled with gravel, a layer of about 12 inches, then all together flooded with water and again carefully trampled. After that, in fact, the stage of tile laying begins. The material is taken in small size plates. Then the plates are installed on a layer of 2 to 3 inches, in addition, you should leave a small gap between the plates.
It should be borne in mind that the flagstone should rise above the ground level by a few centimeters along the entire plane of the road. The material should be laid out at a small side and longitudinal slope, which is literally a few degrees. This is necessary so that the water can drain off the surface of the access road. To do this, along the entire length of the edge of the road, as a rule, digging gutters to drain the rainwater. A day after the completion of work on the paving of the road, you can begin to fill the gaps formed between the slabs.
Tools for Flagstone Driveway
- Brush, or whisk broom.
- Caution tape or ribbon.
- Hand tamper.
- Jumping Jacks.
- Laser Level.
- Sharp Knife.
- String level and string.