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Limestone Uses and History


How about a stone that looks good and fabricates just like granite, apart from a little faster? You would think a great deal of showrooms would be advising their customers towards this fantastic product limestone but most are moving in the other way.

The major cause why many fabricators stay away from fabricating limestone for kitchens and bathrooms has little to do with what happens in production and everything to do with customers’ outlook after the sale.

While a well-cared-for granite worktop can look good for the foreseeable future, limestone tends to weather. We are not talking about exposure to acid rain inside the home; a lemonade spill can create mayhem on a kitchen worktop.

For people that want the spongy, buttery look of the stone, it’s vital they know what they are getting into before they have it installed and how to keep their worktops looking nice.

Start a conversation with fabricators about having limestone worktops, and it rapidly becomes obvious that some would just as soon keep it an underground from the buying homeowner. And, even with showrooms that promote limestone, a characteristic response is that they really do not install them and do not wish to talk about it, any more.

As with any standard of living fashion piece, the choice to use limestone worktops or a bathroom vanity top is a matter of personal preference. Yet, there are certain trends in the market that are pointing at least a few people in limestone’s route.

Limestone has long been a popular material for both flooring and countertops in Europe, and it is not granite. As granite keeps gaining more popularity and becomes more of a product available at big stores, sensitive customers are seeking new worktop options that will allow them to achieve a distinctive look.

For some homeowners, limestone is considered an unusual stone. Others are simply drawn to it because of its Old look and neutral colour. Others like the warmer honed finish that is a characteristic of limestone.

Fossils can be found in sedimentary material like limestone like shells, chamber nautilus and even squids often excite buyers. A lot of people just use limestone for the look of the material, sometimes the limestone just fits with the look they are trying to get.

Ascetics are certainly significant in any stone purchase, but another selling point with the product is sturdiness. Buyers like the idea of natural stone being something that has the potential to last for a long time, and granite has developed a reputation for keeping its looks even with low preservation.

Not the case, for limestone, and that is why many fabricators stay away from the stone. 

While most fabricators provide basic information on how to care for natural stone after it is installed, the real route to success with kitchen and bathroom limestone applications is to inform the customer before hand.

Customers who are concerned about the constant maintenance and resale value do not then choose limestone after being told limestone is prone to staining.

It still may be the perfect material for those customers who desire a specific style and like the idea of having a worktop that has character and a patina over time or who never plan on using their countertop for practical purposes.

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