Welcome to The Rock Garden, your one-stop destination for exquisite natural flagstone in Northern Colorado. We celebrate the unrefined elegance of natural flagstone and are dedicated to supplying the finest natural stone materials to transform your landscaping ideas into reality. Flagstone is available in a variety of diverse patterns, rich color variations, and captivating textures, adding a timeless charm to any outdoor setting. Whether you’re exploring your options or already have a landscaping design in mind, we invite you to take a look at all that we have to offer, right here, at our Fort Collins landscaping store.

What is Flagstone?

Flagstone is a type of flat stone, often used for paving slabs or walkways, patios, fences, and roofing. It is a sedimentary rock that is split into layers along bedding planes. Flagstone is usually a form of sandstone composed of feldspar and quartz. It is also riven (split) along natural bedding planes to obtain its natural, uneven shape. Flagstones have a naturally non-slip surface which makes them ideal for outdoor use.

Types of Flagstone

People use the term ‘flagstone’ to mean A LOT of different things! In our case, we’re referring to irregular-shaped slabs of stone, generally used for paving a yard or a pathway. We break ours down into two different size classifications:

Full Flagstone

If you’re looking for large pieces, full flagstone is what you want! Our full flagstone measures 36″ and up. It’s usually standing vertically on a pallet and will sometimes get up to 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide! Make sure you have a professional (or at least a strong buddy) to help you handle these. They’re great for covering larger areas like a patio or outdoor kitchen.

Flagstone Steppers

Many people like to use flagstone for their pathways or garden edging. These smaller-sized stones are what we call steppers. They’re usually between 12 and 36 inches and are an excellent choice for pathways, small patio areas, or garden borders.

Flagstone Steppers vs. Pavers

Flagstone has several advantages over concrete pavers. Each stone's unique shape and texture offer a more natural and elegant look than concrete pavers. Flagstone's varied shapes also ensure that no two paths or patios will be the same, providing a truly unique aesthetic. Additionally, flagstone retains its color better than concrete, is more environmentally friendly, and typically requires less maintenance.

Shop The Rock Garden For a Large Selection of Flagstone

Shopping for high-quality, locally sourced flagstone? Need some professional guidance on how to choose the right type of flagstone for your landscaping project? You’ve come to the right place! At The Rock Garden, we have a huge selection of locally sourced flagstone as well as many varieties from partnering quarries in the Midwest and Western regions. Stop by and explore the possibilities and let our helpful staff answer any questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions About Flagstone

A flagstone walkway can last for several decades with proper installation and care. The key to longevity is solid preparation before laying the flagstone. This includes creating a stable base, using the right amount of stone dust and sand, and properly sealing the flagstones. Regular cleaning and occasional resealing can help maintain the appearance and health of a flagstone walkway. In general, under normal conditions and with proper maintenance, a flagstone walkway can last easily beyond 30 to 50 years.
The cost of flagstone can vary depending on factors like the type of stone, where it's sourced from, and the difficulty of installation. However, flagstone is generally considered to be a premium, high-quality paving material, and can be more expensive than alternatives like concrete.
To lay flagstone, you should first prepare a solid foundation or base, generally made of sand or gravel. Then you lay flagstones on top and fill the gaps with sand or stone dust. It's advisable to hire a professional to ensure the best result.
For maintenance, sweeping and washing flagstone regularly to remove dirt and grime is recommended. Sealing the stone can also help to protect it from stains, enhance its color, and prolong its life span.
Yes, flagstone is a good choice for a patio. It is durable and long lasting. Its natural non-slip surface makes it ideal for outdoor use. It also requires very minimal maintenance. Flagstone patio can also withstand various weather conditions, and its natural look can easily blend with landscape making it an attractive choice.
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