Out of all the different stone types we offer at New York Quartz – granite, marble, quartz, and so on – we don’t often talk about limestone. Some people even confuse limestone with marble… but they are actually two very different natural stones. In today’s post, we’re taking a look at limestone, and the pros and cons of limestone tiles and countertops for kitchens and bathrooms.
What is limestone?
Limestone is a sedimentary stone, which means it’s formed over generations. It’s usually made up of ancient coral and sea creatures, and the minerals calcite and argonite.
In fact, it has the same contents as marble, which is why some people get them confused. But marble goes through tremendous heat and pressure to produce its distinctive, smooth stone.
Limestone doesn’t experience that heat, so it remains soft and easy to carve into any shape you want, including ornate details.
Pros and cons of limestone countertops
Limestone has been popular with architects and designs for literally thousands of years. Why? Because it’s easy to carve, it wears well – and it has stunning natural colors and patterns. If you’re looking for a beautiful piece of stone which will stand the test of time, then limestone is definitely worth considering.
Be aware that limestone is heavy and can produce dust when it’s being carved, so it’s important to purchase from a supplier with its own installation team and expert fitters.
Like any natural stone, limestone can be expensive – so it’s an investment piece for your home interior design. However, with the right care and treatment, a limestone countertop really will last a lifetime. If you are looking for a more affordable way to use limestone in your kitchen or bathroom design, then you could consider limestone tiles instead of a full countertop. That also gives you the opportunity to play with different combinations of colors and textures.