When it comes to installing a patio, the most important decision to be made is the material. With so many pros and cons of different paving materials, settling on one final choice can be difficult. Luckily, we’re here to help you choose between the top two paving materials – limestone and sandstone…
There are a number of advantages of using both sandstone and limestone paving. As they naturally occurs in caves, seabeds and mountains, both stones fit in perfectly with your garden and outdoor area. Unlike non-natural pavers, limestone or sandstone will look at home in any garden and can match any style.
Personalising your garden is easy with limestone pavers. While there aren’t as many colour variations as sandstone or slate, there are still many beautiful tones and shades of limestone. Whether you’re looking for pale grey, tan or cream, you can find the perfect colour for your home. It looks just as good inside as it does out of your home, so it’s ideal for any decorating you need.
Sandstone also comes in a wide range of colours and styles, all with a beautifully subtle blend of shades running through it. So, no two sandstone paving slabs look the same, giving your patio or interior paving a smooth and classic look.
One of the key differences is that sandstone is slightly more porous, meaning it absorbs a bit more water than limestone. With that in mind, plus the unpredictable British weather, you should consider what you paving will look like when wet. In the UK, you might find it rains more days than it’s dry, and it will make your sandstone paving look slightly different, so it’s worth checking what stones will look like in the rain before buying.
Malleability & durability
Both limestone and sandstone are highly malleable, so they can be shaped to suit whatever size or shape patio you want. Both materials are processed in a more environmentally friendly way than other pavers, so you can feel confident that your new paving isn’t adding to your carbon footprint.
Best of all, there’s no need to worry about your paving being unusable in a few years. Both materials are notoriously durable, so they can withstand all weathers. While sandstone does absorb a bit more water than limestone, both are relatively water-resistant, so you don’t need to worry about rain other than the change in appearance.
Lime may be the better option when it comes to longevity and maintenance as the slightly lighter shades of sandstone may require a little extra cleaning or sealant application. While this difference is minimal, it may be a contributing factor, especially if you are immobile or struggle with accessibility.
As both materials are malleable, using them in various locations around your home and garden is easy. Sandstone is perfect for use on patios and garden paths, whether you’re looking for a contemporary or classic look. Although, if it’s a sleek, clean look you’re after, sandstone may not be the material for you. With no two stones looking the same, you’re going to get a classic, natural appearance that looks beautiful for patios and driveways.
On the other hand, limestone is ideal if you’re looking for a versatile option for both the interior and exterior of your home. Stepping stones, indoor flooring, pathways and driveways are all suitable uses for limestone. You can choose a dark black limestone paver and achieve a uniform, clean look, without the worry of lining each stone perfectly alongside one another.
Finally, one of the biggest advantages of limestone and sandstone is their low maintenance requirements. Needless to say, you have to take care of any paving if you want it to last, no matter how low maintenance it is.
It’s important to do your research before installing your paving to make the most of it. Never use salt to de-ice your limestone patio, for example. You should use sand to avoid pitting your path.
Other than that, if you are looking for the most easily maintained option, limestone is the way to go. For both interior and exterior, limestone is the best paving stone when you want something quick and easy to care for.
Sandstone is generally softer than limestone and other types of rock, so it may be more prone to scratching or denting. For interior use, you might want to avoid this to maintain your flooring for longer. Also, if you have elderly people or children at home, you should probably avoid a highly polished sandstone. Although this looks beautiful and classic, it can become slippery, particularly in wet conditions.
Limestone or sandstone – the verdict
So, now we have considered all the key factors, it’s time to settle the debate… Limestone or sandstone – which is the right material for you?
We think both are great choices, depending on their usage. If you’re looking for interior flooring and something that can be used in and around the home, limestone is the perfect paver for you.
But, for variation in colour and style for patios and driveways, sandstone beats the rest. With so many different shades, tones and textures, sandstone is unrivalled for a classic look.
Which will you choose?
Whether you’re going for limestone or sandstone, it’s important that you get paving stones that will stand the test of time. That’s exactly what we provide at Infinite Paving. We have a wide variety of paving products to choose from.
Whatever your choice, you can order online directly and have your products delivered kerbside within a week. Even better, our expert team is on hand should you have any questions. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need a hand with your search.