The Difference Between Pavers and Flagstone

When you are working with us to create a beautiful new patio, walkway or driveway for your Macomb County home, you have a lot of choices for materials. Stone, concrete, pavers, cobbles there are so many choices, that sometimes it’s hard to decide. The materials that we think work best for most applications, and create the most attractive results are natural stone and pavers. This includes the stone product called “flagstone.” When we recommend using flagstone for your patio or walkway, we are often asked about the difference between pavers and flagstone. So, to help our clients with that question, we’ve come up with some key differences between flagstone and pavers.

What Are Pavers?

Generally, pavers are brick or concrete blocks that are manufactured in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. However, sometimes, pavers can refer to natural stone that has been cut to standard shapes and sizes, like tile or bricks. Pavers are intended to fit together, in a tight and organized manner. They can be used to create unique patterns and are a great material for high traffic locations like driveways. Pavers are great for the client who wants a structured and organized design for their hardscapes. Pavers are also very durable and are great for applications like pool patios and can even be used to build retaining walls or steps.

What is Flagstone?

Flagstone is the name for natural stones slabs that are used to create flat hardscapes such as patios, walkways and driveways. Flagstone is generally rough cut and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. The great thing about flagstone, is it is not always cut in perfect squares, so you get a final product that is unique from any other patio, walkway or driveway in your neighborhood. Flagstone does require a bit more time and effort for installation, since the non-uniform shapes require a close eye on how the stones are laid out and arranged. This is especially true for patios and walkways where you may want your flagstone to be closer set. Flagstones are great for the client who wants a natural, organic look to their hardscapes, and doesn’t care for the structured, uniform look that comes with installing pavers.

So, Which is Best?

This is a hard question to answer because both pavers and flagstones have great applications for your home’s exterior hardscapes. They both provide a beautiful look, are great for multiple applications, and provide a durable and low maintenance surface for patios, driveways and walkways. One factor that you may want to consider when you are selecting pavers vs. flagstone, is your budget. In many cases, while flagstone is not as structured, it can cost more than pavers. Different types of flagstone, depending on where it is quarried or the type of rock, can be quite expensive. The simple answer to this question, is that either product is great for a variety of hardscape applications. The one that is best depends on your style, what you want the finished product to look like, and what fits best with your budget.

For More Information On Our Hardscape Design and Installation Service in Macomb County, MI

Pavers and flagstones are great options for Macomb County hardscapes. Classic Landscape has years of experience installing both pavers and flagstones for beautiful and durable hardscape surfaces. If you are ready to start planning a new hardscape for your home’s exterior, call us today to schedule an estimate.