Pros and Cons of Buying and Laying Sandstone, Limestone and Porcelain Paving

Pros and cons of buying and laying Sandstone, Limestone and Porcelain Paving

Firstly Sandstone Paving has three different types of look when buying think of what type of look and finish you want:-

  1. Hand cut non calibrated Is more rustic, farm house look where the slabs are heavily riven with large gaps between the slabs.

  2. Or calibrated where the slab is more uniform only slightly riven with all the pointing having an even 10mm gap all around, note there are two types of calibrated one with a hand finished feather edge and calibrated and sawn edge giving totally different looks.

  3. Then there is sawn and polished dead flat and equal joints which is the same product cut and finished differently as our main picture is showing polished sand stone and limestone with a block pave edge.

So when buying sandstone think what look and surface finish you require. And watch out you do not pay the same for uncalibrated as opposed to calibrated.

Once you know which type of sandstone you want here are some of the pros and cons:-

Pros 

  • Eco friendly no manufacturing and natural product to dispose of

  • Easy to lay

  • Easy to cut which reduces waste.

  • Reasonable price 

  • Landscaper costs should be reasonable as good product to work with

  • Good range of colours

Cons

  • Very porous can hold water which can cause mould and discolouration, note the lighter colours can be more porous trapping dirt

  • Can be very uneven depending on product

  • Many different grades and thicknesses

  • Cheaper the slabs the greater the chance of having slabs  20mm one side to 40mm the other with a dip in the middle that will hold water

We recommend

Buying calibrated (even thickness) 20 to 22mm slabs as they will not be as riven which is easier to lay and give an even amount of concrete under the slabs.

Sealing the slabs as soon as the slabs have dried out usually 4 to 6 weeks after laying using a good quality lacquer 5 litres usually covers 50 square metres note do not apply lacquer when slabs are wet or effervescence is coming out of the slabs (white staining from the salt in the sand used).

Lacquer will keep the slabs clean enhance their natural colours the lacquer will also stop weeds and seal the joints for years to come well worth the extra cost if you want to know which product to use give us a ring or drop us a line and we will even tell you how to apply it saving you pounds.

If you are purchasing Limestone which can be bought sawn or with a feather edge here are some Pros and Cons:-

Pros

  • Usually flat not too riven

  • Harder less porous

  • Easy to cut and lay

  • Reasonable price

  • Landscaper costs should be reasonable as good product to work with

Cons

  • Can have hair line cracks

  • Multi layered product meaning it is like slate where thin slithers can come away

  • Can turn white or discolour if water is constantly running over one area

  • Can fade from black to dark grey

We recommend

Sealing the slabs as soon as the slabs have dried out usually 4 to 6 weeks after laying using a good quality lacquer 5 litres usually covers 50 square metres note do not apply lacquer when slabs are wet or effervescence is coming out of the slabs (white staining from the salt in the sand used).

Lacquer will keep the slabs clean enhance their natural colours stop weeds and most importantly seal cracks and stop water from getting in to the layers.

Porcelain paving

Pros

  • Good non slip property

  • Low water absorption

  • Keeps its colour

  • Hard wearing

  • Flat and seamless

  • Keeps cleaner

  • Less maintenance

  • Does not need lacquer

Cons

  • More expensive to buy

  • Landscaper costs are much higher harder product to work with.

  • Harder to cut or drill

  • Can crack when being cut or drilled increasing cost

  • Porcelain needs a solid base to lay on.

Decide what look you want and can afford before buying the product get a materials and labour cost and if you have a concrete slab outside rather than taking it up Porcelain may be the answer.

 

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Gupta Stone

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