Stone Spotlight: Limestone Tile

Posted on Jun 1, 2017
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Silver Beige Vein Cut Limestone
Featured Image: Silver Beige Vein Cut Limestone from Arizona Tile

When it comes to choosing the perfect natural stone to use in your home, limestone is a beautiful and classic option. This versatile stone can give your home a stately look and can be used for a variety of applications. Want to know more about limestone? Read on to learn about its history, characteristics and recommended uses.

The History of Limestone

Prevalent around the world, limestone rock is composed primarily of calcite and aragonite minerals from the shells of marine organisms like coral and mollusks. Formed through compression on the ocean floor over millennia, this sedimentary rock has a long history. Used for building as long ago as 4,000 BCE, limestone has been a popular choice for architecture due to its strength and ease of cutting. This type of rock is also used as an ingredient in cement and mortar.

The Mollusk is Part of the Natural Creation of Limestone
Image: The Mollusk is Part of the Natural Creation of Limestone

Limestone’s Appearance and Characteristics

Installing limestone tile in your home is a great way to enhance any space and bring some timeless, natural beauty to a room. Limestone tile is available in a variety of beautiful colors, from the classic whites and creams to earthy browns and even deeper colors like gray-green and charcoal. For a pure, airy aesthetic, Classic Limestone is a beautiful choice.

Classic Limestone from Arizona Tile
Image: Classic Limestone from Arizona Tile

Limestone tile can feature marble-like veins, unique colorations and striking fossilized patterning, and can be polished or tumbled for different looks. Preserved impressions of fossils can also be seen in some limestone, making it a distinctive and one-of-a-kind choice.

Other than its beautifully rugged and naturally textured appearance, limestone is also gaining popularity for its durability. This long-lasting material will retain its strength and beauty for years, adding value to your home for generations with proper care.

Using Limestone Tile in Your Home

Limestone floor tile is an elegant yet affordable tile option perfect for virtually anywhere in your home. Choose this durable, earthy stone to make your living room, bathroom or kitchen floors stand out. Limestone is also ideal for fireplace facades, backsplashes, tub surrounds and outdoor applications.

It’s important to properly seal limestone after installing it in your home, since the stone has a porous surface and can be prone to stains if not protected. In addition, since limestone is a softer stone type, it may be subject to scratching or chipping if used in high-traffic areas such as hallways. For a more unique and modern color, our new Belgian Blue limestone tile offers a stylish and sophisticated look.

Belgian Blue Limestone Tile from Arizona Tile
Image: Belgian Blue Limestone Tile from Arizona Tile

Whether you love the look of a polished stone floor or want to add a rugged ambiance to your fireplace, limestone may be the tile option for you. See what limestone may look like in your home with Arizona Tile’s Just Imagine Visualizer.

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