A Close Look at Limestone Tiles
Here at Marble Matters, we know a lot about stone. We’ve been supplying it to our customers for more than 15 years, and we are dedicated to quality and ethical practice. We also make a special effort to ensure that our entire supply chain follows environmentally sound principles.
Limestone tiles are among the products that we supply our clients, and we’d like to dig a little deeper to share our knowledge of this material.
Limestone is a naturally occurring rock that forms from the remains of sea creatures like molluscs, coral, and forams. Because it develops from the dead skeletons of these animals, limestone has a high concentration of calcium. Limestone is sedimentary, which means it is formed when layers pile up on top of each other.
The formation of limestone takes centuries, and the layering process is what gives this stone its beautifully intricate patterns. The layering also gives limestone a solid crystalline structure that makes it resistant to damage. It’s one of the strongest forms of natural construction material, and it can withstand heat, pressure, and chemical stimuli. It is available in earthy, neutral tones and has a unique, attractive texture.
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Limestone pavers are a popular style option for several reasons. The stone can be cut into complex shapes, both massive and miniscule. This hard-wearing stone works well for outdoor use and can handle high traffic without showing permanent damage. It’s also very easy to clean, and its organic colour options are excellent for outdoor décor.
Some clients have an affinity for wood products. They like the vein, the organic feel, and the visual texture of timber. However, wood is susceptible to attacks by pests and fungi. It can also be affected by water. And if you consider the ecological implications, your beautiful wood furnishing came at the expense of a tree and all the organisms that lived inside it.
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If you’d like the benefits of wood without the attendant environmental drama, you could use limestone instead. No trees or animals are harmed in its production, and it is available in surprisingly wood-like patterns and textures. Granted it will produce lower temperatures than wood, but it is also friendlier to nature and far easier to maintain.
Limestone is commonly found in earthy hues like brown, cream, and grey. Depending on the effect that you want, you can make your limestone surface shiny, matte, glossy, or honed. When you’re using limestone in tile form, it is generally sealed before use. This prevents dirt and stains from sticking to the surface, so that limestone tiles can be cleaned by sweeping or wiping with a damp cloth.
Limestone doesn’t require the scrubbing and scraping that concrete does, making it a great choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and wash areas. If you’d like to know more about limestone or any of our other natural stone options, give us a call on 02 9648 6222. We’d love to hear from you.