Limestone pavers are a natural stone paver and have been very popular for construction for over a century. It is a sedimentary rock made of calcium carbonate and sometimes silt and clay. This stone, like all natural stone, is quarried and cut into the shapes necessary for construction. The material enjoys its place as a favorite for builders of many kinds – the rock is used for buildings, roads, and even for residential paver applications whenever a very hardy and durable material is needed. The material is also used inside homes for various unique applications. most notably floors in many residential and commercial buildings. Limestone is actually a component of other building materials, like cement, concrete, and plaster.
Using Limestone Paving Stones
Since limestone can be customized to order for whatever project you conceive, you and a contractor and/or designer can work closely to create the limestone installation that’s right for your needs. Homeowners use the material for many purposes. Aside from pavers, other people use limestone for curbs and veneers.
Many homeowners like to create hardscape projects with limestone, creating walkways, patios, pool decks, and pool coping with the material; limestone goes well with many landscaping designs and styles. Additional outdoor structures, like arches, fire pits, seats, tables, and fountains can also be made out of the material. Other builders and homeowners use them indoors for tables, fireplaces, and vanities. Since the material can be cut and shaped however needed, the design possibilities are truly only limited by imagination and budget.
In terms of aesthetics, limestone pavers and building materials give off a natural, elegant look, much like other natural stone products. Because they are not manufactured, each brick will be different from the next. While this is a strength for the material and a source of its unique beauty, others may desire a more regular look for their materials and thus be better off with manufactured options. Some may have ‘natural impurities’ that cannot be prevented. This includes ‘veining’ and ‘speckling.’ These specks are what give the material its charm, but for others it can be annoyance. If these types of impurities bother you, make sure you see what this material looks like in person before committing.
Limestone mixes and matches well with nearly any other hardscape and landscape materials, so go ahead and see how your natural stone can mix with concrete pavers, brick pavers, other natural stones, and poured concrete.
Limestone Pavers Designs
One of the important decisions to make when using this material is deciding what shape of limestone pavers you want to use. Of course, the standard sizes are available, but if you use your imagination and creativity, you can come up with others. For example, hexagons, octagons, circular shapes, and even irregular shapes can all go well when perfectly coordinated with the project’s dimensions and design specifications. One way to get ideas is to find pictures of patios and other hardscape projects that you like. Take these pictures to your nearest limestone suppliers or contractors and see what they can do for you.
In general, the large the area you’re paving, the larger bricks you should use. Similarly, the smaller the area you’re paving, the smaller bricks you should use. This will ensure that the paved area will look right no matter what the size.
The colors of limestone pavers also vary depending on the manufacturer and type you purchase. Colors include blues, greys, tans, and whites; some even have tints of red and pink and orange and brown! Truly you can get limestone in any color depending on what other substances are contained in the stone. It’s very hard to put natural stone, including limestone, into color categories for this reason. It’s better to take a lot at actual product samples with a general ‘class’ of colors in mind that you may be interested in using. Always look at real life product samples before committing, because even the best images may not faithfully translate what the brick look like in real life. If you want pavers that are guaranteed to be more regular in color and consistency, you’ll want to go with manufactured options like concrete pavers.
Limestone Pavers Installation
Note that one must use a mortar bed and joints in order to properly hold together. This material does not interlock like concrete paving stones do. If you are not experienced with working this material, it’s best to hire a contractor to do the job right. If you have the skills and experience, installing limestone pavers is certainly something that a DIY homeowner can do.
Limestone Pavers Maintenance
Because the stone is porous, limestone does well with heavy amounts of water, allowing the water to drain easily. In addition, these pavers are slip-resistant, so they are great for pool applications. Limestone does not stand up well to acidic materials and environments, so they should be sealed if you expect they will come in contact with any of these substances.
Limestone Pavers Cost
Limestone is a very heavy duty stone, and as such it is expensive, again like all natural stone pavers.