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. A flamed surface finish has a rustic feel. When honed or polished, the look becomes more refined. Tumbled limestone has an aged and antique feel. It feels lived in and comfortable. Over time this stone develops a patina creating an old world charm.
Limestone is layered and formed from the skeletons and shells of sea creatures that lived in warm seas millions of years ago. It will often contain seashells and fossils embedded in the surface. It is a unique natural stone and at times, contains visible mysteries of our past within. If limestone recrystallizes or "changes its structure", it turns into Marble. 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.
Water & Limestone
Some Limestone is very 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. Limestone is used for kitchen islands, range hood covers, vanities, and for limited countertop use. Fireplaces, statues, columns, steps, pool decks, paving... It comes in slabs (large pieces/blocks of stone) or in tiles. Limestone is versatile.
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. 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. Even though limestone may require occasional sealing and more frequent dusting to prevent scratching, it is a beautiful and durable natural stone. It will last your lifetime. Use great care when choosing limestone. Think of your lifestyle. Think of how you want the stone to look 5 years from today. The same as the day it was installed? Or, do you prefer the comfortable, aged, lived in look.... limestone will show a patina over time. But, this is just part of the charm of limestone.