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About Limestone

Overview

Limestone is a sedimentary rock. Ocean sediments and skeletal fragments of marine life collected over a very long period of time form limestone’s composition. Limestone can be compressed for thousands of years in the ocean until pressure pushes it through the water and onto land to form hills, turrets and towers.

Characteristics of Limestone

Limestone that does not have any impurities is a pure white, off-white or beige. However, if there are impurities within the limestone, this can give rise to a large variety of different colours. Limestone is prevalent in most parts of the world. It is found naturally in the broken shells and calcite crystals that wash up on beaches.

Characteristics of Limestone

Limestone that does not have any impurities is a pure white, off-white or beige. However, if there are impurities within the limestone, this can give rise to a large variety of different colours. Limestone is prevalent in most parts of the world. It is found naturally in the broken shells and calcite crystals that wash up on beaches.

Applications

The Greeks and Romans used to decorate the facades of their temples with limestone and marble. Since then, limestone has been popular and used as an architectural landscape. Limestone can be used in a split-face finish and this gives the stone a very unfinished, rough look. When this type of finish is applied to limestone, it can create a concave and concave contrast on building facades. Many residential and commercial customers, such as designers, architects, and developers like the split-face finish because it creates a dramatic effect.

 

Sandblasting is another finish.  A rock-faced finish may also be applied to limestone. This type of finish is designed to keep the natural feel of the rock and creates bold projections that jut out from the stone face.

Care + Maintenance

Limestone is a soft rock. Vacuuming, sweeping and wiping limestone will help remove daily debris. Use a microfibre towel to avoid surface scratching. A bucket of warm water and dish detergent may further help remove dirt from a limestone tile or flooring. However, flooring and walls must be washed again to remove all traces of soap. Do not use acidic cleaners. It will scratch and damage the finish applied to this natural stone.