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Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed from mineral fragments and organic materials that have bonded over millions of years in Earth’s bedrock. It is primarily composed of calcite which gives limestone its characteristic streaking, though variations of other elements usually present in limestone such as aragonite, clay, silica, quartz, sand, or coral add to its distinctive characteristics.
Francini’s collection of limestone ranges from smooth, granular textured pieces to pieces with more of a grainy, crystalline texture. Limestone is known for its extraordinary calcite streaks, fossils and shell formations, honeycomb formations, and its striking array of natural coloring, from black and steely grey to warm, earthy browns and reds. We recommend this stone for indoor uses such as countertops, floors, wall coverings, tub and shower surrounds, and vanities.
We invite you to browse through some samples of Francini’s limestone pieces below or come by one of our warehouses to find the right stone for your next design project.
Limestone is a hard, durable sedimentary rock. It is formed from the mineral calcite, which is made from calcium carbonate. Limestone is found in shallow, warm sea beds and lakes. It forms through an accumulation of marine life, such as coral, shells and other organic ocean debris. It can also form through a process of chemical precipitation of calcium carbonate directly from the water in which it is found. Limestone is abundant in warm, shallow marine water throughout the world.
Known for its characteristic streaking and multitude of colors, limestone is a wonderful stone that adds beauty and sophistication to any home design. Limestone works perfectly for counter tops, floors, wall coverings, tub and shower surrounds, and vanities.
Special care should be taken when caring for limestone surfaces. Mild detergents with a neutral pH, such as a mild soap, and water are recommended to avoid damage to the surface of the stone. Specialty cleaners for limestone are also available.
Due to its porous nature, limestone does require a bit of special care to avoid staining. Limestone counter tops should be professionally sealed at the time of installation and re-sealed once a year.
Yes, limestone is moderately heat resistant but not as resistant as granite. Very hot temperatures could harm limestone surfaces. It is recommended that a hot pad or trivet be used under hot pans and serving dishes to protect the stone.
Similar to marble, but lower in cost, limestone is an excellent alternative for those looking to add elegance to their home design while still saving money. The cost to maintain limestone is considered moderate to high in comparison to other stone surfaces that require less care.