Limestone

1374220_568803823191552_800777813_nLimestone has been a popular choice of building materials for longer than we’ve had written history.  As a result, limestone surfaces have a timeless, classic connotation, although modern cuts and design knowledge also allow for novel, cutting edge applications.

Limestone is also less expensive than marble, despite possessing a similar look.  Due to it’s light and often creamy texture, it is appreciated by serious chefs as it goes well with stainless steel appliances.  The stone typically forms in layers, leaving striations throughout a piece that can resemble wood. Limestone is fairly durable but remains one of the best stone floors to walk on, as it is cool and soft for stonework.

However this brings us to limestone’s main drawbacks.  Limestone requires care, and is not recommended in particularly high traffic areas.  As a soft stone, harder materials can crack and chip limestone surfaces.  And debris like sand and grit can wear the stone down and discolor the surface.  Note that the calcium carbonate that makes up limestone is a base, so special care must be taken around acids. As a porous stone, limestone can also be stained by liquids.  You can help prevent both these issues with the regular application of a sealant.

Limestone is a beautiful choice for those looking for a great feeling floor and those willing to put in a bit of extra effort to maintain it. It raises the value of a property, and adds a classical touch wherever it is used.  For those who want the look of limestone, but not the upkeep, porcelain tile is available in a wide range of appearances.