Portland limestone is very versatile and can be laid to various patterns, the most economic use would be to have two standard widths and running lengths. Wastage is reduced by these means and utilises the maximum amount of stone, producing visually a varied jointing pattern.
Portland stone has excellent slip resistance and durability, encouraging the material for paving. Shellier whitbeds are often more desired as they provide a natural appearance and balanced texture. A wide variety of locations use Portland stone flooring, from domestic houses to public buildings and even offices.