With great power comes great responsibility. As Australia’s one of the largest stone wholesale suppliers, we are often asked questions about various stones. Confusions and myths are inevitable. So was the case with Limestone. So, we decided to bust the myths around Limestone Pavers and Tiles, to give you a clear picture while resolving the major ones, if not all.
Myth- Limestone Tiles and Pavers break easily and are not suitable for outdoors
Limestone is often confused with a chalk-like stone which is easily breakable. For all that you know, it is a sedimentary rock made of calcite. Limestone is dense, durable, and hard wearing. This is the reason the stone has been used as a key construction material since ages. Limestone Pavers withstand extreme temperatures and are suitable for driveways, walkways, or patios. Limestone Tiles are suitable for garden paving, walls, verandas, and courtyards.
Myth- It absorbs heat and turns very hot in summer
We call it a baseless rumor
On the contrary Limestone Pavers deflect light and have a cooling effect. With good insulating properties, the natural stone Pavers do not turn hot in extreme heat. The pores on their surface transfers the heat beneath and tends to remain cool even in extreme heat. Additionally, the lighter colored stones absorb minimal heat which keeps the surface pleasant and comfortable to walk on, even in full Sun.
Myth- Limestone absorbs water and unsuitable for pool surrounds
No, that’s not true
Well, Limestone is porous, that’s a fact. However, a lot depends on the quality of stone and the sealing done on it. Some are quite soft and porous that you wouldn’t be able to install them around pools, particularly with salt water. Limestone is dip-sealed that reduces their permeability. The high-quality Limestone Tiles and Pavers that we supply are salt tested and therefore perfect for pool surrounds.
Myth- It becomes slippery when wet
Once again, just a myth
If natural stones have a polished surface, naturally they would be slippery when wet. Limestone in honed finish is not slippery. This kind of finish is achieved by making the stone surface even but with a matte effect. Honed finish does not cause slipping hazards as it retains its footing. Indiana White Limestone and Albeta Muse Limestone are perfect examples of honed finish Limestone Pavers and Tiles that are safe and slip resistant. Infact our entire Limestone variety is fit for outdoor use due to its natural slip resistance even in wet condition.
Myth- Cleaning Limestone is difficult
Well, we’ve got you covered
Limestone is porous and reacts to acids or strong cleaning chemicals even with good sealant applied. Hence bleach or cleansers with high pH are not recommended to clean the stone. All you need is some warm water and 2-3 tbsp liquid soap. Mop your Limestone floor with a cloth or sponge to retain its shine and remove dirt or grime from its surface. Voila, you are done! Who said cleaning Limestone is a Hercules task?
We hope we could bust the myths around Limestone Pavers and Tiles. Please keep in mind the aesthetics it brings and how it increases the feeling of spaciousness. With a host of other benefits, Limestone is perfect for pool surrounds, patio, driveway, walkway and or indoor flooring. Just a little bit of care is all this stone needs and sustains over a long period of time.
*Disclaimer: All information and advice given above in the blog are to the best of our knowledge. Please reconfirm at your end before execution.