What is limestone paving?
Limestone paving is one of the UK’s most popular types of paving. Limestone is a natural material formed from pressurised sediment found under the sea, which gives limestone paving slabs some distinctive characteristics. They’re famous for their elegant natural texture, giving them a notably velvety finish, and their riven profiles add underfoot resistance, given them anti-slip properties - particularly useful for milder or rainier climates. They even dry quite quickly when wet.
Limestone paving stones also have smaller pores than some of their peers (such as Indian sandstone), which makes them a relatively hard type of paving stone with a very high density, so they absorb minimal amounts of water.
Plenty of buyers prefer limestone paving slabs for their superb aesthetics, with subtle shading and natural veining combining to give them a fantastic visual appeal. What’s more, different impurities in the original sediment means that limestone paving slabs are available in a range of different colours.
With all that in mind, it’s probably no wonder that it continues to be such a universally popular option for households all over the UK, right alongside Indian sandstone.
What are the benefits of natural limestone paving?
The superb strength and durability of limestone paving enables it to create a long-lasting surface that looks amazing. It’s also wear-resistant, and highly resilient to the best and worst of the British climate all year round.
Limestone paving is notably popular with families because of the safety value it provides - its non-slip characteristics can give parents more peace of mind about moving around on it after rain. In fact, even when wet it still offers a slip-resistant feel underfoot. It’s also relatively comfortable - it’s as dense as marble, and doesn’t get too cold in the winter, or too hot under bare feet in the warmer summer months. All of which makes it an excellent option if any younger members of the household enjoy a splash in the paddling pool.
In contrast to some of the more varied shades of Indian sandstone, limestone paving typically has a consistent colour palette, with its own unique shades and distinctive natural veining - which makes it ideal for minimalist settings.
What are the different applications of limestone paving?
Patios, pathways and driveways are some of the most popular applications for limestone paving slabs, with their resilience and outstanding appearance conveying a beautifully sophisticated feel on any exterior.
Their uses aren’t limited to outdoor applications - they can also be used for kitchen floor tiles, or even other indoor living spaces that border your garden, enabling you to create a seamless indoor-outdoor look that plays with the boundaries of your space. Limestone paving has a versatile style too; as we’ve briefly touched on above, their consistent colour palette gives them a sophisticated appearance that make them the perfect choice for contemporary or minimalist settings. However, their tactile feel and riven finish mean that they’re also great for more raw and traditional environments too.