Limestone is a popular natural stone option for floors, walls, steps and outdoor pavers. It’s formed under the sea and is pressurised, which makes it durable, yet porous. While limestone is soft underfoot, luxurious and has a medium range durability, it’s cost-effectiveness and ease to cut into when building has long made it popular among architects and home-renovations.
Limestone’s softer and porous properties can result in surface wear and loss of polish in high traffic areas. We recommend sealing your limestone tiles or flooring with a good quality sealer every 2 or 3 years.
Comprising of calcium carbonate and other collections of calcite, aragonite materials and marine fossil debris (e.g. shells, coral and bones), it has a subtle natural blend. This makes it popular with current minimalist trends while still imbuing warmth. Due to it’s porous and soft properties, it’s extremely absorbent and should be sealed to prevent staining and deep dirt build up. While most limestone is resistant to salt build-up, making it ideal for pool areas, acid can dissolve the calcium carbonate properties. If acid attacks polished or fine-honed limestone it can leave etching marks on the surface.
Some sealers are thinner than others, due to their active ingredients, which is why they’re cheaper. A DIY solution from home hardware stores, such as Bunnings and some competitors may quote you on this. We recommend you ask any company who quotes how often you’ll need to re-seal the area. Cheaper options will see you resealing every few months, whereas a good-quality sealer, which is matched to your floors properties and area in the property, should protect your floors for a minimum of 2 or 3 years.
If you’re facing dirty, stained or darkened limestone floor tiles or pavers, contact us today for a free competitive quote. We beat any written quote by 10%. Our technicians have degrees in nano and biochemistry, understanding the unique properties of natural stone and tiled floors.