In continuation of my first post on Patio Packs, let me introduce you to another stylish and durable type of Indian Natural Stone named LimeStone.
What is Limestone?
Limestone is a common, chemical sedimentary rock formed primarily from calcium carbonate or made of shells, exoskeletons, marine life, and calcite.
Limestone has many notable benefits; fundamentally that it is a durable substance with a visually pleasing appearance. It is also water and heat resistant, making it a brilliant choice for kitchen countertops, bathroom tiles, flooring, fireplaces, door surrounds, stairs, driveways, and much more.
There are many forms of this sedimentary rock. Let me put forward an analysis of different types of Limestone.
What is Indian Limestone Used For?
Indian Limestone is most regularly used as a construction material, both in the home and outside. Inside the home, limestone slabs are used for sections such as countertops, backsplashes and bathroom vanity cabinets. Outside the home, Limestone is used for many construction means, such as to create cement when combined with crushed shale.
What Are the Different Types of Limestone?
As just mentioned, there are many types of Limestone that exist. Below are examples.
Travertine is a form of Limestone that is created because of precipitation, evaporating and forming stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone. Much like standard Limestone, travertine is often used in home renovation projects as a countertop, backsplash, bathroom vanity tops and more.
Tufa is another commonly found limestone. Forms typically near hot springs and lakes where the waters have a huge concentration of calcium carbonate.
Chalk is a form of Limestone that is light in shade. It is formed from the skeletal remains of tiny marine organisms such as foraminifera.
Coquina is a type of Limestone that is often formed near sea beaches because of broken shell fragments.
- Oolitic Limestone
Oolitic Limestone contains calcium carbonate oolites, which are tiny grains composed of concentric layers.
- Fossiliferous Limestone
Fossiliferous Limestone is formed by various shells and skeletal fossils.
- Lithographic Limestone
Lithographic Limestone is a very dense and smooth form of Limestone.
Limestone for your Home: Indian Limestone Options
Here are many great options that you can have for your brand new limestone countertops, backsplashes, vanity tops or other home surfaces.
- Kota black indian limestone
- Kota blue indian Limestone
- Kota brown
- Kurnool grey
- Lime Black
- Lime peacock
- Lime green
- Lime pink
- Tandur Grey
- Tandur Blue
- Tandur Yellow
Indian limestone Slabs
Indian Limestone is a beautiful and highly durable paving with far less riven and smoother surface than most standstone options.
Indian Limestone Slabs have a unique and exquisite natural structure and colors, and because of lesser pores compared to other stones, the hardness of Limestone is very high. Its natural gloss and anti-slip properties make Limestone an ideal outdoor garden, patio paving and driveways.
Indian Limestone paving slabs are wear-resistant and suitable for the British weather, very famous in the United Kingdom and rest of the world. As Limestone are susceptible to acid liquid erosion, one need to use a neutral or mild alkaline cleaner to clean Limestone when needed.
Finding Limestone Types For Your Home
Is sandstone cheaper than Limestone?
Both Sandstone and Limestone have become an immensely popular choice for garden paving in recent years, with some landscaping contractors now only offering patios in these materials. Trying to pick between the two can be a daunting task for anyone who hasn’t tried to design a garden before.
You might feel like you don’t know the difference between them or which factors you should consider while trying to choose. So what are the questions you need to ask yourself before making this decision?
Both sandstone and Limestone are strong Indian natural stones to use for paving. This means they will easily handle with cars on the driveways or high foot traffic. This, of course, will depend on the thickness and the paying pattern of the stones. However, assuming the said factors have been well kept, they both should work well.
Considering the ever-changing harsh climate conditions in the UK, stone paving could get impacted. Thankfully, both sandstone and Limestone have low water absorption capacity, so it’s difficult for algae, ice, or other foreign particles to get inside and cause any structural damage to the stone.
Referring to the color options, lighter colors of both sandstone and Limestone are more porous. This can lead to them getting dirty more quickly that their darker counterparts. It requires frequent cleaning and sealing to keep the water out and maintain their natural look for a longer time.
COST AND LABOUR:
Limestone is almost always cheaper than sandstone, making it an excellent choice if the colour is right for you. Both types are generally an inexpensive alternative to most other stone paving materials, however, and the process for laying them is very similar. Garden landscapers generally like working with these materials, as they’re straightforward to lay and tend not to require much special equipment. Suppose you’re looking to achieve a variegated look at the end. In that case, you’ll need to check that the person designing and laying your patio has some experience putting together random-looking paving plans.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS
Kota Black limestone paving slabs look wonderful when they’re freshly laid, but unless the correct sealant is used, they’ll fade to a much lighter grey after only a few months of rain. This can be prevented by using one of several readily available sealing and impregnation products, so it’s important to ask your landscaper what kind of products they’re using. You also need to be careful not to use acid-based products to clean your patio, as these will quickly destroy the colour.
Ask your local landscape supply store what cleaners are safe to use on your patio. Sandstone is less prone to fading, though it will inevitably happen over time–and the colors found in sandstone are less straightforward to seal and replace than the black or grey tones commonly found in limestone slabs.
Usage of Indian LimeStone
Is Limestone easy to maintain?
Natural-stone care is fairly simple. Like other forms of natural stone, Indian Limestone is highly resistant to bacteria and mold. Keeping limestone floors clean is as simple as sweeping daily and occasionally using a wet mop with a stone safe cleaner.
It is important to reseal Limestone regularly to maintain its integrity and strength and prevent damage from spills, but sealing stone is a simple process. Spray a stone sealer onto the Limestone in 3 foot sections and immediately buff into the stone with a clean cloth until dry.
You will want to reseal it once a year to ensure the integrity of its structure. With the proper care and maintenance, your Limestone will last for many years to come.
Maintaining limestone flooring
Maintenance of limestone flooring is the key to keeping your limestone floor not only looking its best, but will ensure you will be rewarded with a floor that will be long lasting and hard wearing for years to come. Limestone flooring is relatively low maintenance so it is the ideal choice for not only the home but also for use in commercial and public areas.
Maintenance of limestone flooring will start when your floor is laid. Limestone is a porous stone, and although softer than marble, is surprisingly hard wearing. Due to its porosity, the maintenance of limestone flooring begins at installation when it will be sealed with a impregnator type stone sealer and then treated with a wax to provide a waterproof surface and protect the stone, it is therefore essential that your limestone flooring is installed by a professional who has experience in working with this very special stone.
Limestone flooring comes in various finishes from the rustic tumbled to the smooth contemporary honed, there is a limestone that will enhance any room. The maintenance of your limestone flooring will ensure scruffs and scratches are avoided. Limestone will react to certain kinds of acids and liquids with chemicals such as vinegar or citrus juice so therefore the initial sealing of your limestone floor will help protect the surface from damage, especially if used in kitchens and bathrooms.
Once your limestone flooring is installed, sealed and waxed, the maintenance of your limestone flooring is relatively straightforward. When cleaning limestone flooring, your floor should be regularly swept with a soft broom or vacuumed to ensure any grime and dust is removed.
For general maintenance, you should use lukewarm water with a small quantity of pH neutral cleaning agent which has been specially formulated as a cleaning liquid for limestone flooring using a well wrung flat-bottomed mop.
When mopping your limestone flooring, you should ensure any excess water is wiped-up to avoid pooling and penetration into the stone, the floor should then be left to dry naturally.
For a periodical extra clean, your limestone flooring can be maintained using a mild alkaline deep cleaning product which has been specifically designed for this purpose. This will refresh your floor and remove stubborn surface stains.
Resealing of your limestone flooring will keep it in peak maintenance order and help it look its best. Resealing should be carried out around every 5 to 7 years, depending on the use and level of traffic your floor will endure.
With the proper care and maintenance of your limestone flooring, you will not only have a low maintenance floor that is economical but a floor that has a unique beauty that will give you pleasure for years to come all it needs from you is a little tlc.
Is Limestone slippery when wet?
The more expensive natural stones – granite, Limestone and basalt – are often slippery when wet and should have a textured surface applied before laying. This can be a sandblasted or bush hammered finish: both create dents in the surface of the slabs to provide grip but this process does leave the slabs with a matt surface which can often seem a little lifeless.
They can work well when combined with other slabs of a bright hue as a border or detail. Many of the best grey and cream slabs lie within the limestone range but all should be approved for use outside. Some limestone from southern Europe will not take the cold of an English winter and should be avoided as they will shatter in the frost.
Is Limestone easy to cut?
Limestone is extremely porous, which makes it easy to cut with hand tools. Limestone’s main component is calcium carbonate. It is a mineral made from the sedimentation of organic materials and fossils, mainly the skeletons of marine organisms. In construction, limestone blocks have been favored for centuries by architects because of its beauty and the ease of carving it. It is also used in place of bricks and for stairs, wall-face plates, floor tiles and window sills.
How do you clean outdoor Limestone?
If you’re not sure how to clean outdoor Limestone, Restore is here for you! Limestone can be easily damaged if you clean it using improper methods, so we made this article to let you know a little more about the process of limestone cleaning. We are experts on how to clean outdoor Limestone here at Restore Pressure wash, and do it all the time.
First, gently rinse the Limestone with a hose. This will remove any loose dirt/debris. Then mix two to three drops of neutral stone cleaner in a bucket of warm water. Be sure to use neutral stone cleaner and not household cleaning products, because these can damage the stone. Then dip a cloth in the solution and wipe down the stone.
If the Limestone has a rough surface you can use a brush. Be sure to rinse each section with warm water after you scrub it with the stone cleaner. If you let it dry on the stone it may cause streaks and smudges on the surface. After rinsing, dry the surface with a clean towel. This process will mostly remove any dirt and smudges from your outdoor Limestone.
This process should remove most stains, but your outdoor Limestone may have some tougher stains that this method won’t remove. If you experience this, you will need an oscillating tool equipped with 220 grit sandpaper. These stains are a little tricky because this process can damage the Limestone if you are not extremely careful.
- Step 1
Sweep Limestone to clean off dirt, leaves and other debris. Start in the middle and work your way outward or form piles in small sections to easily sweep or pick them up to dispose of later. You can also use a leaf blower to clean outdoor Limestone.
- Step 2
Wash limestone clean with your hose. You can also use a pressure washer, but start on the lowest setting and stand several feet back before increasing the power or moving closer, especially on Limestone that is already damaged.
- Step 3
Spread kitty litter over oil stains, if applicable. You can also use hot soapy water, using a dish detergent labeled to cut grease. Scrub gently with a nylon brush and rinse away.
- Step 4
Clean stains with a cleaner labeled safe for use on Limestone or mix some cooking flour with hydrogen peroxide to form a paste. Gently rub the homemade cleanser onto stains to clean. Rinse.
Alright, so you must be enthralled with the knowledge you have gained about Indian Limestone. I will be back with more articles to continue our journey of Indian natural stones. Till then, take good care of yourself!!