Limestone – A Diverse Material With a Variety of Uses

Limestone Properties, Uses, and Character

Limestone panels, limestone flooring and tiles made of limestone. It can be found in a variety of public places, businesses, and home decor. What properties make this type of stone identifiable? What are its properties and how has been used? This post will consider these questions.

Grey Limestone Floor

Variety In the Appearance of Limestone

As with many other kinds of natural stone, limestone comes in variety. As demonstrated by images used in this post, it can appear in shades of brown and grey – sometimes, both hues appear in one stone. The appearance of limestone can gradually change for the better over time. Often times, its color “sweetens” or softens with age. And many people find the natural color of this stone appealing. Because of its pleasing appearance, it is used by designers for a range of uses – which we will consider later in this post. In addition to color variations, limestone also has grain differences that can affect its visual appearance.

Limestone’s Physical Properties Vary

Its physical traits can also vary and that means that its uses can vary as well.  Additionally, the physical properties can play a role in the appearance of the stone. For example, the porosity of the material can impact the visual texture – the more porous the limestone is, the more rustic its appearance. And, if a porous variety of limestone is selected for use as a counter top or other work surface, consider treating it to help protect it from stains and scratches.

Some of the physical properties that vary include:

  • Density
  • Hardness
  • Porosity
  • Aesthetics

Because the appearance and structure of this natural stone varies, it can be used in a variety environments. However, this also means that anyone planning on using limestone for a particular application, should verify its suitability for the intended use.  This verification can be done by having the stone tested.

Diversity In Construction

As mentioned earlier in this post, limestone has a pleasing appearance and is used by designers for many applications. In homes it is suitable for bathrooms and showers. Additionally, this material is creatively used for fireplaces in residential designs. External home applications for limestone include a range of uses:

  • Walkways
  • Retaining Walls
  • Landscaping
  • Statues

However, home design is not the only environment that you will see limestone. Many public and private buildings feature limestone as part of the design and many are in fact, very notable. Some of these buildings include:

  • Schools & Colleges
  • Churches
  • Courthouses
  • Museums
  • Monuments

As we have seen, limestone is a natural material that can be used in a wide range of environments and can vary in its appearance and structure. Additionally, we have seen that this natural stone is found in many notable buildings and structures. For these reasons, limestone can be considered a very diverse and versatile material.

Images courtesy of: 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Jura_limestone
Under the following license:
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

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