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Limestone Paving Slabs

Limestone is a natural stone that not only looks beautiful, but it also creates a durable, hardwearing and long lasting paving surface. This makes it extremely popular with families, great for outdoor use and for withstanding the British weather. In addition, limestone paving dries quickly when it is wet and still remains slip resistant underfoot with its natural textured surface. Now with the Paving Superstore, you can enjoy quality limestone paving in your outdoor space from trusted brands at competitive prices. We offer a wide selection of colours that are contemporary, as well as more traditional styles to suit every garden theme.

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Limestone Garden Patio Paving slabs for sale at Paving Superstore

Introducing the timeless elegance and durability of limestone paving! Elevate your outdoor spaces with the exquisite beauty and unmatched versatility of our premium limestone paving slabs. Crafted from natural stone, each meticulously cut and finished piece showcases the unique character and charm that only limestone can provide. Limestone has a choice of colours including buttermilk and grey tones, blue grey or dark velvety black that lightens in sunlight to a mid grey colour. It also has a selection of finishes ranging from naturally handsplit riven for traditional styling, to sawn and sandblasted for a textured contemporary finish or tumbled to give an aged appearance. Whether you're creating a stunning patio, a captivating garden path, or a breathtaking poolside retreat, our limestone paving solutions offer an unrivalled combination of aesthetic appeal and practical functionality. Embrace the allure of classic design and make a lasting impression with our exceptional range of limestone paving.

Is limestone paving expensive?

Limestone paving is typically a cost-effective option, particularly when opting for handsplit, riven varieties of the stone. This particular finish features a pleasant orange-peel texture and a charmingly undulating surface. However, alternative finishes that involve additional machining, such as a sawn and sandblasted look for a contemporary aesthetic or a tumbled finish for a weathered and aged appearance, tend to be pricier.

Is limestone good for outdoor paving?

Yes, limestone is a suitable choice for outdoor paving. It is a durable and resilient natural stone that can withstand various weather conditions. Limestone has been used for centuries in outdoor applications such as paving, walkways and patios. Its strength and natural beauty make it an appealing option for many homeowners and landscape designers. However, it's important to note that proper installation and maintenance are crucial for ensuring the longevity and performance of any outdoor paving material, including limestone.

Which is cheaper sandstone or limestone?

Sandstone is generally known for being slightly more cost-effective than limestone. It is a sedimentary rock that offers a wide range of colour and finish options. Similarly, limestone is competitively priced, with certain colours being more budget-friendly than others. As a general guideline, the black/dark grey shades of limestone often provide the best value.

Is limestone patio slippery when wet?

Limestone paving is regarded as having a low slip risk according to the Pendulum Test table. This test involves swinging a pendulum over the stone's surface, which measures its deceleration. A rougher surface will slow down the pendulum more, resulting in a higher value known as the Pendulum Test Value (PTV). The test is conducted under both wet and dry conditions. For external use in wet conditions, the minimum acceptable PTV is 36. Limestone typically scores around 51 when dry and 41 when wet on the PTV scale.

What are the disadvantages of limestone paving?

Limestone paving, despite its numerous benefits, does come with a few drawbacks to consider. Firstly, being a natural stone, it does have a small level of porosity whicah can lead to algae growth and staining. Sealing the paving will ease maintenance. Additionally, care should be taken when cleaning limestone to avoid acidic based cleaners which will significantly damage the stone. While limestone offers a range of colours and finishes, the selection may be more limited compared to sandstone. Lastly, it is important to note that black/ dark grey limestone will naturally fade to a mid grey colour when exposed to sunlight. This is an attractive colour, however if the dark colour is preferred, then seal and colour treat the paving with a 'back to black' paving sealant

What do you lay limestone paving on?

For proper installation of limestone paving, it is recommended to lay it on an MOT Type 1 sub-base and a full wet mortar bed to provide optimal support. It is important to exercise caution when preparing the mortar mix, ensuring it is not too dry. Limestone is relatively brittle and should not be subjected to excessive force or tamped too hard with a rubber mallet, as this can lead to breakage. However, when laid correctly, there is no heightened risk of the stone breaking.

Does limestone paving need to be sealed?

Sealing limestone paving is often recommended to protect it from stains and weathering. Limestone is a low porosity natural stone at around 0.1% water absorption when fully saturated, which means it is less likely to attract algae than other stone types, however sealing also protects the paving against stains from oils or other substances that can cause staining.  Sealing also makes cleaning and maintenance easier by providing a smoother surface that is less prone to accumulating dirt, algae, or moss. Black limestone will gradually lighten in sunlight and sealing this with a specific sealer to darken the limestone is a popular choice. 

Can you lay limestone paving on sand?

Laying limestone paving directly on sand is not a recommended option due to several reasons. While sand may provide a relatively level surface, it does not offer adequate support for the stone. Limestone, like all natural stone, can be prone to breaking along its natural veins if not fully supported. Sand lacks the stability and compactness required to ensure the longevity and durability of the paving installation. Additionally, sand may shift or settle over time, leading to an uneven surface and potential tripping hazards. To ensure the proper installation and longevity of limestone paving, it is advisable to follow recommended practices, such as laying it on a suitable sub-base, such as MOT Type 1, and using a full wet mortar bed or another appropriate method that provides proper support for the stone.


At the Paving Superstore, we are committed to providing our customers with the best quality paving slabs for their outdoor space. We supply a range of colours and designs to suit every garden and only at Paving Superstore can you access the largest selection of paving that is available to purchase online. Choose from leading brands such as Marshalls, Natural Paving, Talasey, Wienerberger, BreedonStrata Stone, Stonemarket Paving, Bowland Stone and of course, our own Paving Superstore brand. There is truly something for everyone at the Paving Superstore.


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