Limestone is a natural stone product used by both interior and exterior designers. It is primarily used in the building of fireplace mantels and the laying of floors. Because of its natural essence, limestone is considered both timeless and classic. Nevertheless, limestone also has some less appealing qualities (e.g. cost and installation). If you are considering using limestone for your next project, take into account both the advantages and disadvantages of this attractive stone.
Because of the weightiness and complexity of limestone craftsmanship, professional installation is highly recommended, which adds expense to renovations that use limestone. While some people may attempt a "do-it-yourself" project to bypass extra cost, professional installation will complement the high quality finish warranted by this rather costly product.
Because of its natural essence, easy maintenance and durability, limestone can range in cost from £1.90 to £6 per square foot, according to Cost Helper. Not only is limestone costly, but transportation, installation and sealing of the stone can elevate the cost. Limestone in its natural state is very porous, thereby requiring a sealant to curtail absorption of stains. If using the stone for a fireplace, sealing the stone is pertinent, because soot will cause discolouration, thereby damaging the natural finish of the limestone.
Limestone is naturally cold and hard both in appearance and touch. These attributes are worth considering if using limestone for flooring. When water is applied, limestone becomes extremely slippery, which can pose a falling hazard, especially for the elderly.
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