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Palletized flagstone can come in several varieties of sizes.  Flagstone Steppers come in range from the size of your hand up to one half the size of the pallet.  Looking closely at the edge of the stone, you can count how many rocks are generally going to be on a layer.  For instance if a pallet has 4 or five rocks along the edge times the four sides you can estimate about fifteen rocks per layer.  This indicates the pallet will have mostly small stones.  Good for mortared patio where the sizes are not critical.  Do not let large flagstone pieces on the top of a pallet mislead you.

Flagstone Slabs have one piece per pallet layer, sometimes two.  Slabs are great for large step stones, flagstone slabs are hard to wrestle into place but once in place they do not typical move. Mason's like flagstone slab for patios because they can cover a lot of area quickly with fewer grout joints. Sometimes you can find mixed pallets with slab and steppers for larger patio projects.

Stand up flagstone are some of the largest pieces and are palletized with the flagstone standing on end.  This prevents them from hanging over the edge of the pallet and loads and transport much better.

Flagstone quality refers to several elements that comprise of the overall integrity of the stone. One of the first things you should look for is flagstone hardness.  A hard flagstone stone will sound dense and have a solid feel when tapped together. Dense stone absorbs very little water is not prone to damage by extreme weather changes. Oklahoma freezing and thawing can damage stone over time.

Most flagstone is sedimentary rocks which are formed by layers of silt being deposited on top of each other. Each layer of deposit, in geological terms is referred to as "events." Monsoon season, floods, trees, these layers of deposits become petrified and laminated together. Each event line is actually a fault or a weak spot in the stone, so try to avoid stone with numerous laminations, flaking or splitting may occur. 

Look for flagstone with straight edges. It's a sign of good hard rock and will save a lot of time hammering those edges straight.

Surface texture is a matter of preference, if you are going to have a table and chairs or will be running around barefooted, such as around a pool, then you will certainly want smooth surface flagstone.  For step stone, a little textured sometimes adds character and lends a more natural look.

When selecting flagstone, do not only select for color, but by size and quality as well.

 

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