Advantages of Limestone Paving Over Manmade Stone
Some benefits of natural limestone paving over manmade stone. Aspects such as durability, sustainability, low maintenance and long term cost advantages covered.
How the natural stone look can offer long term benefits for your property
When considering what material to use for paving in the garden area or other locations around your property, the choice comes down to whether to use a natural stone or a manmade alternative such as concrete.
There are various natural stone options such as granite, slate and limestone but the advantages offered by natural stone over manmade are more or less common to all, so lets see what benefits limestone in particular offers.
Some of the higher initial cost of installing limestone paving will be offset over time by its durability and low maintenance properties. Its natural strength means limestone is good at resisting heat, heavier foot traffic and moisture along with cracking or disintegration which can happen to concrete paving over time.
Limestone will require very little maintenance whereas it’s highly likely concrete could require resealing, deep cleaning and maybe re-surfacing in due course. The only possible maintenance for limestone is the occasional sweep and light clean to prevent the build up of algae, weeds and dirt.
Another trump card for limestone is the way it naturally weathers over time; its appearance will improve as it ages whereas concrete or other manmade stones will more likely deteriorate.
While having a natural ‘look’ limestone is available in various colours ranging from blues, greys, shades of beige and even a dramatic inky black, so finding a suitable colour for your setting shouldn’t prove difficult. An experienced supplier of limestone paving should have various examples for you to view at first hand.
Limestone’s fine grain makes it a suitable choice for cutting into various different shapes compared to manmade stone; this is a key benefit if your paving needs to fit into specific areas of the garden or space.
Environmental concerns – renewable and sustainable
Being a natural stone, limestone is a sustainable material with natural resources being plentiful. While there is carbon created in its excavation and transport, the amounts produced would be small compared to the carbon footprint created in the manufacture and transportation of concrete-based stone products such as paving slabs.
Natural stone such as limestone is easily recyclable and many slabs see many years of use as reclaimed paving, or they can be crushed and used as aggregates.
The natural look
While you can specify an overall colour for your limestone paving, being a natural stone each piece looks slightly different compared to the uniformity of concrete. This ‘natural’ look undoubtedly adds character to your setting and, while limestone will weather over time, it won’t fade markedly unlike coloured concrete stone.
A sound investment
Over time you’d almost certainly recoup the extra initial cost of limestone paving in reduced maintenance and replacement costs. If you decide to sell your property, being able to point to ‘natural stone paving’ as a feature will add considerably to its marketability.
Limestone paving to the front of the property will also add to the fabled ‘kerb appeal’ and, as many estate agents will agree, first impressions make a big difference when selling a house.