How Much Does Flagstone Cost?
Budgeting for any landscaping project and actually sticking to that budget is really important. You don’t want to have to cut out plantings or an element like a firepit you really wanted because your patio material and installation cost is too high. This is a tricky question as it really depends on two main factors:
Which Product You Select
Products can range from $2.00/sq.ft to well over $9/sq.ft (remember this is for the material ONLY—no installation, other materials, etc.) This all depends on the product you are selecting. Limestone and bluestone tend to be the pricier options, but they are stunningly beautiful. If you have your stone cut to custom size, the price will obviously increase. One important reminder is that there is always some ‘waste’ in a pallet of stone as some are discolored or extremely uneven since the stone is natural.
Difficulty of Installation
Natural stone is harder to install than a pre-cast stone as it is not created in a mold. Some pieces are uneven or thicker in one area than another. Installing a flagstone patio really requires an expert installation team, as getting the patio even using a natural stone can be tricky. The pattern you select also determines the price of installation. A simple pattern with blocks cut into even squares or rectangles is much faster to install than an irregular, puzzle-like pattern.