Keeping Your Flagstone Installations At Their Best
It is important to note that “flagstone” is not one specific type of stone, but rather the style or pattern of a particular installation. Stones which are most commonly cut into flagstones include slate, bluestone, quartzite, limestone, or sandstone. The flagstones themselves are generally between 3/8” and 1” in thickness and come in cleft and honed finishes. Interior flagstones may also be given a polished finish, but exterior ones typically are not. Flagstones as a whole are quite durable, but some stones are, of course harder than others. A comprehensive knowledge of the compositions and requirements of specific stone types is one of the advantages of having our expert technicians care for your flagstone surfaces.
STONESHINE Restoration can resolve any problems associated with your flagstone surfaces, such as moss and mold, efflorescence, pitting and flaking, scratches or other damage. We can also apply color enhancing or topical sealers to achieve the finish you desire.
Sealing & Enhancing Flagstone
Because exterior flagstones are commonly exposed to all sorts of conditions, including wet ones, it may be a good idea to have your flagstone installation sealed to help prevent the damage that can be caused by excessive moisture. Sealing your interior flagstone is definitely recommended since, indoors or out, sealing can inhibit staining. Not only can flagstone installations be sealed, they can even be color-enhanced to make the natural colors of your flagstone emerge more vibrantly.
Efflorescence & Spalling
One difficulty related to moisture is efflorescence, which is caused by moisture drawing mineral salts from or through your flagstone and then evaporating, leaving salt deposits behind. At it’s worst, efflorescence can evolve into disintegration (also known as pitting or spalling) of the stone — chips start to appear and flaking occurs on the surface. These issues can be resolved by our experienced technicians, but preventing them by proper sealing before they ever start, is preferable.
The majority of flagstone installations are outdoors, and as such they are exposed to all kinds of dirt, grime and contaminants, including things like moss and mold growth. STONESHINE Restoration has the knowledge and experience to thoroughly clean and restore your flagstone surfaces to like-new or better condition.
Cleft Finish Expertise
In the wrong hands, your beautiful cleft surfaces can be easily damaged during deep cleaning or restoration. We not only have the knowledge and expertise to ensure the lasting beauty of your installation. We are always available to answer any questions and to discuss the specific requirements of your unique flagstone surfaces.
STONESHINE Restoration not only provides these services and more, we are also happy to discuss your specific needs and educate you on the best way to care for your flagstone surfaces, whether interior or exterior. We are proud to recommend and supply stone-safe solutions for your regular cleaning and maintenance needs as well.