When it comes to paving your garden, you have many choices available to you. Some choices, though, can be hard to choose between because they are similar in so many ways. That is the case with Sandstone and Limestone pavers. Here you can learn the difference between the two to help you decide which paver type is better for you and your garden. 

The Pros of Limestone Pavers


Because the weather is so diverse in the UK it is essential that the pavers you chose for your garden are durable. Limestone meets the mark as it absorbs minimal water, most limestone pavers are guaranteed for 12 months. 


With grey hues, blue hues, natural veins and patterns, limestone pavers have a collection of pavers that can make your garden look amazing. 

Style Longevity

Limestone comes in darker colours and palettes. Due to the acidic nature of UK rain and the UV rays from natural sunlight these darker tones can fade over time. However, sealing can help with this. 


Limestone is a naturally smooth rock no matter how it is split. This helps the garden look uniform helping it to fit in better with modern and contemporary style gardens. 

The Pros of Sandstone Pavers


Facing the diverse weather of the UK Sandstone is marginally outranked by limestone, but only in the lighter colour variety. Most sandstone can handle weather well and is also guaranteed for 12 months. However, if you use a lighter sandstone paver you may need extra sealant. 


Sandstone is not as limited in colours as Limestone. There is a wider variety of styles and textures to choose from ensuring that you can find a style to suit you whatever your garden looks like. 

Style Longevity

Sandstone has a wider variety of colours in lighter palettes. It is suited well to the British Climate but sealing is also recommended as it will help it maintain its strength over the years. 


Sandstone has a rougher texture and look than limestone. For a rustic traditional look sandstone is the go to paver for gardens. 

The Bottom Line

Limestone and sandstone pavers are both popular garden options. Which one you choose for your garden will depend more on your personal needs and tastes. 

When it comes to durability, limestone wins but only by a small margin. 

If you are considering styles, sandstone has a wider variety of palette choices to choose from. 

For style longevity sandstone wins again as the lighter colours will not noticeably fade as much in the weather of the UK while limestone will require sealing for its colours to stand against the weather. 

When it comes to smoothness it depends on what you want. Sandstone is naturally rough and limestone is naturally smooth. 

Most people agree on Sandstone being the better option for garden pavers due to its versatility and seemingly limitless choices, however you shouldn’t rule out the sleek contemporary look of limestone. 

Paving Your Scottish Garden

Are you looking to pave your garden? Last Lawn projects serve gardens all over Scotland including towns at and around Irvine, Cathcart and Glasgow. It is our mission to help you turn your garden, no matter how big or small, into your perfect retreat. Contact us at Last Lawn Projects to hear how we can bring your paver style to life with one of our fantastic garden designs.