What is Limestone?
Limestone is formed by the accumulation of the mineral calcite which comes from various organisms such as clams, corals, and various organisms over thousands of years. It is also formed from the consolidation of various minerals and sand. Limestone has been a very popular construction material in the building of ancient structures such as the great pyramids, castles, churches and cathedrals. Limestone tends to have very earthy tones and adds a calming ambiance to any space.
The Pros of using Limestone in your Build
- Limestone tiles are considered for projects that want a very classic or traditional look and offers soft light coloring to design projects; creating a timeless and classic look. As stated before, Limestone was used in creating historical sites like the Taj Mahal, Greek Parthenon and the Egyptian Pyramids. Limestone comes in an array of colors and with little-to-no intense patterns on the face of these stones, they are ideal for creating that welcoming and homey feel. When sealed Limestone keeps its face effortlessly and keeps its color even better. When not sealing, Limestone will patina over time into a gorgeous well-loved stone.
- Limestone is very cool to the touch, making it ideal for places where it is hot. Your home would stay just slightly cooler with Limestone flooring because walking across the floors would cool you off!
- When properly cared for, Limestone flooring is long lasting. When sealed correctly, Limestone can be used indoors in high traffic areas without having to worry about wear or stains. However, without properly being sealed, it is ideal to install Limestone in areas with less traffic and away from areas where acidic liquids may spill.
- Limestone is not the least expensive flooring option out there, but it isn’t the most expensive either. Limestone gives you all the class you want from Marble or Granite, but with a fraction of the price.
The Cons of using Limestone in your Build
- Limestone is a porous stone, making it susceptible to absorb water and other liquids. This needs to be kept in mind when planning to place Limestone in bathrooms or around the floor in the kitchen sink. (Remember, when properly sealed, Limestone can go just about anywhere!)
- Limestone can be slippery when wet! Sealed, or not sealed, Limestone has a slicker surface, especially when polished.
- Limestone is an absorbent stone, making it easily stained. Liquids such as wine, soda, apple juice, lemon juice are all liquids that can stain and potentially etch Limestone. However, as stated before, when properly sealed, these become less of an issue.
- As I’m sure you’ve noticed, sealing your Limestone is the best way to keep its natural appeal (without patina) intact. However, this sealing is suggested to be professionally done and you should have it resealed anywhere from 1-3 years. The frequency of sealing has deciding factors such as the amount of traffic, if placed by constant water contact and whether it is installed interiorly or exteriorly.
Limestone is a beautiful stone that ages over time into the perfect piece. With the proper care and sealant, this stone will keep adding value to your home for years to come.
Want to know how Limestone is formed in nature? See the steps here: All About Limestone