The ability of limestone to readily adapt to various architectural styles, along with its pleasing natural color, ease of shaping, and its durability are advantages that have all worked together to maintain the stone’s popularity throughout the years.
Whether you are using limestone as trim with brick or other materials, or to maintain the context of the surrounding area, its complementary natural beauty will enhance your project.
Limestone exhibits no preferential direction of splitting and can be cut and carved in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Thus, it can be sawed, planed, turned on a lathe or hand worked to match the requirements of demanding architectural designs. Limestone has proven its use from simple treads and pavers to landscaping structures and bridges, to soaring cathedrals over and over again.
One benefit that has made limestone a choice product is the consistency of deposit. While subtle color and grain differences are present, limestone is extremely homogenous for a natural product. This is important, not only for the current project being built, but particularly when future expansions are contemplated.
When specifying building stone for structures that are expected to endure for generations, limestone is a great choice. Many colleges and universities across the country boast limestone buildings that are over one hundred years old. They continue using this venerable material in new construction, allowing them to match existing buildings and to maintain the context of their campuses.
Many other buildings throughout the nation have long histories of using limestone as well. These range from private residences to public schools, churches, courthouses, museums, and monumental buildings. When they need additions to existing locations, limestone provides a pleasing match to the original stone.
A unique characteristic of certain limestone is the fossils and seashells often found embedded in the surface, adding an organic element. Some limestone is very porous, offering a more rustic or aged appearance. Use caution when recommending it for countertops because of the chance for staining and scratching. An acrylic-based sealer is recommended to protect the stone, which adds sheen to its appearance. Limestone is popular for fireplace surrounds, and is ideally suited for flooring—especially in the bathroom and shower.