The Ins and Outs of Limestone

Limestone is part of the sedimentary rock family originating from exotic countries such as India, Israel and Turkey. It is a natural and very beautiful stone that forms at the bottom of the ocean and takes millions of years to fully develop all of its stunning and unique features that make it the décor vocal point of many homes around the world.

Limestone is very unique in comparison to all other stones and rocks in the world as it can vary greatly in its visual appearance depending on the amount of calcite that is preserves. Limestone that has high calcite properties will be of a very light colour, however if there is a lower percentage of calcite and a higher percentage of impurities such as iron oxide, the colouring of the stone will be darker and of yellow or tan tones. Any presence or carbon within the stone will darken it to black or grey – this is why some Limestone tiles have dark grey spots!

The great thing about limestone is that it is used in many different aspects of our lives that we don’t even know about. Limestone’s functional diversity stretches way beyond what we may commonly know of, such as being used to neutralise soil on farms, for the production of many essentials within our lives such as glass, concrete, leaded light bulbs etc and more commonly as décor around our homes in the form of tiling and flooring.

Probably the most popular use of limestone is for building materials such as tiling and flooring. Many of us have fallen in love with the beauty of limestone for its natural distinctive features which is why we use them within our homes to add that extra beautiful touch that no other material of floor tiling can bring. This can be in our bathrooms, kitchens, living area and also outdoors in our gardens and driveways etc. Generally, because limestone is so versatile in its uses, it can be used anywhere in our homes and can still look great. However, when choosing limestone tiling for our flooring, it is essential that we think about what use the limestone will be undergoing.

If you are re-decorating your bathroom and want to make it look expensive, unique and high quality, then limestone flooring is what you need however, you cannot use the same limestone tiling in your bathroom as your kitchen. For a kitchen you will want to go with a type of limestone tiling that is hardwearing and can handle the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen whereas with a bathroom you can get away with going for a form of limestone tiling that is softer and will age well.

The popularity of limestone being used in kitchens are forever growing and is now a big want for many building, home developers and home owners around the world because it is guaranteed to stand the test of time and most importantly, it is oil and stain resistant which is a great benefit with plenty of small children running round!

If you are interested in re-decorating your home with high quality and even better looking limestone flooring then check out the great range that Stoneworth Warehouse have, trust me you will not be disappointed!

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