Out of all the different stone types we offer at New York Quartz – granite, marble, quartz, and so on – we don’t often talk about limestone as a stone for countertops or kitchen tiles. Some people even confuse limestone with marble… but they are actually two very different natural stones. In today’s post, we’re taking a look at limestone, and the pros and cons of limestone tiles and countertops for kitchens and bathrooms.
How long do limestone countertops last?
Limestone countertops will last a lifetime with the right care, treatment and a quality sealant.
Like granite, quartz, or any natural stone, limestone can be expensive – so it’s an investment piece for your kitchen and home interior design.
What is limestone?
Limestone is a sedimentary stone, which means it’s formed over generations. It’s usually made up of ancient coral and sea creatures, and the minerals calcite and argonite.
Limestone is not the same as marble. In fact, it has the same contents as marble, which is why some people get them confused. But marble goes through tremendous heat and pressure to produce its distinctive, smooth stone.
Limestone doesn’t experience that heat, so it remains soft and easy to carve into any shape you want, including ornate details. Limestone countertops or tiles will bring a stylish feel to your kitchen and home.
The advantages of limestone countertops
Limestone countertops are so popular because limestone is:
- easy to carve,
- wears well
- has stunning natural colors and patterns
- will last a lifetime if cared for correctly
Limestone has been popular with architects and designers for literally thousands of years for these reasons.
If you’re looking for a beautiful piece of stone which will stand the test of time, then limestone is definitely worth considering.
What are the disadvantages of limestone countertops?
Be aware that limestone is heavy and can produce dust when it’s being carved, so it’s important to purchase from a supplier with its own installation team and expert fitters.
Limestone is a softer and more porous stone than the likes of granite or quartz and can suffer from heat damage or staining if not properly cared for.
Some people find the cost of limestone countertops is outside of their budget. However, if you are looking for a more affordable way to use limestone in your kitchen or bathroom design, then you could consider limestone tiles instead of a full countertop. That also gives you the opportunity to play with different combinations of colors and textures.
Looking after limestone countertops
To care for your limestone countertops you should:
- Avoid using acidic or harsh cleaners on your countertop
- Use dish detergent or limestone cleaner and some warm water, without scrubbing the stone.
- Be careful of black coffee and tea, red wine and other acidic foods that are darkly colored. Limestone is soft and more porous than most stones, this means that countertops can be more easily stained.
- Avoid placing hot pots and dishes on the countertop – extreme heat can damage the stone.