Limestone is a sedimentary rock that is formed at the bottom of lakes and seas, as organic matters settle to the bottom. As more and more layers build up over thousands and millions of years, adding more and more weight, the heat and pressure cause chemical reactions to take place to harden the sediments into solid stone is It consists mainly of calcium that was deposited by the remains of marine animals. Colors may range from creamy whites and yellows to browns and blacks that impart warmth and subtlety to any structure.

Limestones are ideal for today's more casual and comfortable environments. The soft beiges and tans are suitable for bathrooms, fireplaces, counters and floors, although they are appropriate for exterior applications as well. In locations that are susceptible to freezing temperatures, travertine is normally used for interior wall cladding and decoration only.

Limestone conveys calmness and serenity. Mystique and romance. A very soft, sensuous, and elegant natural stone. Yet, neutral and versatile. It combines subtleness and sophistication. It's consistent in color adding warmth to the modern and contemporary home.

Usually limestones are lighter in color. The colors are soft and earthy. Lighter creams, ivories, and smoky gray blues. Pastel shades of yellow to pink are available. Limestone colors range from the creamy beiges to deep browns, reds and blacks. Think of white sandy beaches, falling rainwater, soft green leaves of budding trees in the spring... soft, sensuous colors.

Limestone is a calcareous stone which is highly reactive to acidic substances such as vinegar, wine, lemons, etc. The stone will react negatively to these acids by etching or dulling and showing rings.

Limestone varies greatly in hardness, density, and porosity from stone to stone. Some limestones are very soft and should not be cut on. Things such as coins, keys, and knives will scratch the stone's surface. Other limestones are very dense and hard and can be finished to a polished or a glossy shiny surface. Softer stones cannot be polished to this high gloss finish.

Most Limestone is porous (soaks up liquids) and needs to be sealed. The porosity will vary depending on the type of limestone. Examine the back of the stone. If the surface appears open or sponge like, this is a sign that the stone has a high rate of absorption. It is porous and will show stains easier. Once a stain is absorbed, it will be much harder to remove. All limestone should be sealed after application.

Think about the surface finish you want for your stone. It will impact your look and feel.The harder types of limestone are capable of a high gloss polished finish.


· Interior Flooring

· Interior Tops - limited kitchen top use

· Interior Wall Application

· Tub Surround

· Exterior Pavers

· Exterior Cladding

· Monuments & Statues


· Polished

· Honed

· Brushed

· Tumbled




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