The Pros And Cons Of Limestone Worktops

A natural stone worktop can completely transform the appearance of a kitchen, bathroom, or living area.

One of the most beautiful natural stones available is limestone.

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It has a similar appearance to marble and is capable of making a space feel more luxurious and dramatic.

It is a reasonably durable stone, but it does require more maintenance than other natural materials.

To help you learn more about limestone, this article will list some of its pros and cons.

What is limestone?

Limestone is a sedimentary rock, which means it is formed by thousands of layers of sediment which are compressed or hardened over time.

Most pieces of limestone are made from the calcite, aragonite combined with other minerals.

The minerals that make up limestone recrystallise over time to form a hard and brittle rock.

Of all of the sedimentary rocks found on the earth, approximately 10% are limestone.

Most forms of limestone have fine grains which are the skeletal fragments of organisms.

However, some forms of limestone are formed by the chemical precipitation of calcite or travertine and do not have grains. The most common types of limestone include:

Chalk

A very soft form of limestone with a very fine texture.

It is formed by the remains of microscopic marine organisms.

Chalk limestone is usually light grey or white.

Travertine

Travertine is usually created by mineral springs and is often found in caves or along streams.

As spring water evaporates, it leaves leaving behind the minerals required to form limestone.

Travertine is a durable form of limestone that is often used as a building material.

Coquina

Coquina is a soft form of limestone created from broken shells.

It is a poorly consolidated form of limestone and not used for the construction of worktops.

Lithographic limestone

This is a very hard limestone with a fine grain and very smooth surface.

It was often used for lithography by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Any limestone with a grain size under 1/250 mm can be referred to as lithographic limestone.

Tufa

Tufa limestone is produced through the precipitation of calcium-rich waters.

It usually occurs around waterfalls, lake shores, and hot springs.

It is often used for garden planters because it is so porous.

Fossiliferous limestone

This is limestone that has formed from shells and skeletal fossils.

It is mostly made of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and is one of the harder forms of limestone.

It is often used to make building facades and pavements.

Oolitic limestone

This form of limestone is made from calcium carbonate “oolites” which are small spheres formed by shell fragments and sand grains.

Impurities in the limestone including sand, iron oxide, and clay cause it to exhibit different colours.

Limestone comes in various shades of white, grey, brown, orange, creme, and yellow.

It is often used as a component for making cement, for flooring, for worktops in kitchens and bathrooms, and for sculptures.

The Pros of Limestone Worktops

Limestone is a versatile material that can be used in many ways throughout the home.

Some of the best reasons to use limestone for your next project include:

Limestone is incredibly beautiful

Limestone is available in a number of beautiful, natural colours.

They are soft earth tones that work well with many other colours.

Limestone is often used to “tame” more explosive colours used elsewhere in a room and provides an excellent colour base to work off.

The fine grain of limestone looks very sophisticated and luxurious, particular when used for flooring or a limestone worktop.

It resembles marble, but is usually much more affordable.

Limestone adds a feeling of authenticity to a space

Limestone is one of the most popular building materials in the world.

It has been used to form many world-famous structures including the Great Pyramids, the Lincoln Memorial and the Parthenon.

It is instantly recognisable and a limestone worktop adds a sense of authenticity and solidity to a space.

The Cons of Limestone Worktops

Although limestone is a beautiful material, it does have some downsides, including:

Limestone requires maintenance

Because limestone is porous and relatively soft, it will require some additional maintenance.

Limestone worktops should be polished and coated with a sealer on a regular basis.

Limestone worktops must be treated with care

Compared to other materials, limestone can be damaged fairly easily.

If you have a spill on your limestone worktop, it must be cleaned immediately or it could create a stain.

You cannot place very hot pots or pans on your limestone worktop because it can cause damage.

You can’t use knives directly on a limestone worktop because it may cause scratches.

You have to also be careful and the types of cleaning products you use on your limestone worktop.

As you can see, there is a price to pay for having a beautiful limestone worktop — you have to be very careful with it!

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