4 Uses You Didn’t Know For Limestone
We use limestone as a worktop material for many reasons.
It is robust and durable, and the finishes catch the eye.
It is an easy medium to work with, and can be cut and carved without much effort – but once the finished product is achieved it becomes a long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing resource.
Limestone worktops are a firm favourite with many of our customers, but did you know just how versatile limestone is?
Limestone in Architecture
The use of limestone in building structures dates right back to Egyptian times when it was used to build the Pyramid of Giza, amongst others.
While most architects would probably choose other materials for the exterior of building now, it has not completely lost favour.
Even now fine sheets of limestone are used in the building of skyscrapers, as this creates a nicer facade that block and brickwork alone.
As well as making a valuable building sheeting, lime is also found in cement and mortar – which is also highly useful to the construction industry.
Of course, cement is also used to make concrete, so the value of this stone cannot be under appreciated.
Limestone in Industry
The natural properties of limestone have seen it become an essential choice for the construction industry.
Even here this versatile stone has more than one use.
One of the most common uses is as aggregate in road and highway construction, or indeed in the housing industry as it can be used to fill any surface.
The steel industry long recognised the value of limestone and use as the chemical agent ‘Flux’.
In this form, the lime from the stone can neutralise phosphorus, silica and sulphur, all present in steel and create a more pure product.
This method is also used by those who make iron and glass.
Limestone in Agriculture
No prizes for guessing that once more limestone has a myriad of uses in the agricultural sector.
To extract the lime from the stone the material must be heated, and the lime extract is suitable for removing the acid.
Acid can form in the soil which can damage crop growth and yield, so using lime can maximise output from plants and importantly stop any soil erosion taking place.
In water, lime acts as a cleaning agent which means waste water can be made safe, and animal waste can decompose without any nasties leaching into the surrounding soil.
Limestone in Homes
You may be surprised to know that limestone is also widely used in the domestic setting.
In one of its many forms, you would expect to find limestone in common household detergents.
Baking soda is also composed of ingredients including limestone, and the paper in your home may well have a limestone derivative used in the manufacturing process.
Finally, when you got to clean your teeth at night, check your toothpaste.
Limestone is again widely used because of its whitening ability and the fact it can act as a filler, helping to seal minor damage to the teeth from wear and tear.