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Patterns for laying Flagstone

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There are a variety of ways to lay a flagstone flooring and selecting the best method will depend on the desired outcome. The process also varies according to the material and condition of the subfloor. In every instance, it is important to remember that Flagstone tiles are heavy, so the area must be able to cope with the demands of a stone floor. We break down the basic steps involved in installing Flagstone floor tiles.

  1. Preparation
  2. Mixing Adhesive
  3. Apply the Adhesive
  4. Level the tiles
  5. Grouting
  6. Sealing

Step 1) Preparation

Choosing to use Flagstone tiles leaves you with a selection of design options, and one important consideration is the laying pattern. Do a dry run with your tiles to check you are happy with the layout. It’s much easier to change the design before the mortar has been applied. Try a variety of different patterns before deciding on your final look. And make sure the floor is level.

Step 2) Mixing Adhesive

When you are confident that you have found the right layout, you are now ready to mix the adhesive. Take care to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the adhesive is suitable for the job.

Step 3) Apply the Adhesive

Carefully apply the adhesive to one tile at a time, taking time to apply an even spread underneath each of the tiles. Arrange the tiles in the desired formation, ensuring an adequate quantity of tile adhesive. Be careful not to create an uneven surface by using different amounts of adhesive.

Step 4) Level the tiles

Use a spirit level to check that the tiles are level. If any adjustment is required, gently tap with a rubber mallet to knock back into place.

Step 5) Grouting

Use a pointer tool to apply grout into the gaps in the tiles. Remove any excess using a damp sponge or cloth and allow to dry.

Step 6) Sealing

Flagstone floors are robust and hard-wearing, but in order to maintain their freshness and to protect against unforeseen damage, it is recommended that the tile is sealed. A sealed floor will not only last longer but will repel spills and stains, requiring little maintenance and saving future expense.

Looking for flooring inspiration? Take a look at three of our favourite flagstone laying patterns.

Blank Floorplan

Free Length

Tiles with the same width, but
different lengths arranged in lines.
Common widths are 40cm, 50cm and 60cm.

Grand Opus Flagstone Pattern

Grand Opus Pattern

An Opus Pattern but with larger tiles.

Opus Flagstone Pattern

Opus Pattern

Classic architectural pattern of
4 different tile sizes repeated.