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Homeowners and business owners don’t just want countertops that look beautiful. They also want countertops that will stand time and any spillage.

Are you looking for a countertop option for your client that is beautiful, heat-resistant and less expensive than marble? Limestone countertops are ideal for your project! 

Here are the limestone and kitchen countertops pros and cons to help you learn why this natural stone is ideal for your next project. 

What’s limestone and how is it formed?

Limestone is a sedimentary rock that forms at the bottom of the seafloors and is rich in calcium carbonate. What makes up limestone includes the remains of marine organisms like bryozoa, corals, crinoids and shells. These aquatic organisms are known for removing calcium carbonate from the sea waters. 

This stone is used in a diversity of things like in construction, concrete and even countertops. Limestone countertops come in a range of neutral colors like beiges and greys. These light tones help reflect sunlight and keep the stone cool. 

Limestone Kitchen Countertops Pros and Cons

Trustworthy

Compared to many other building materials, limestone touts dependability like no other. This characteristic can be seen in its use throughout history. Although it may not be a well-known fact, limestone has been used as a building and surfacing material for centuries. 

Additionally, there are many landmarks around the world composed of limestone. For example, one of the Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, are made of limestone. If it worked well enough for the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, who are we to discriminate against a material that still maintains its strength to this day?

Durable 

Although it is incredibly durable, limestone can also be crushed and used to create construction materials. Additionally, it can be shaped and crafted in unique ways to add a decorative element to your client’s home or business.

Limestone is used in bathroom and kitchen spaces. It works in residential or commercial kitchens because of its heat resistant qualities. In bathroom spaces, it can stand up to humidity levels. The possibilities are endless! 

Inexpensive

Limestone is an inexpensive natural stone because there is plenty of it in nature. It makes it an ideal choice for homeowners or business owners who love the look of natural stone without going over budget. 

This natural stone resembles marble and granite without matching the price tag. Granite’s price ranges from $45 to $200 per square foot and marble cost $75 to $250 per square foot. In contrast, limestone can range between $55 to $125 per square foot. 

Sustainable

Not only does limestone look beautiful in any residential or commercial space, but it’s also eco-friendly. This natural stone is plentiful and doesn’t release toxins into the air. Cutting limestone slabs does not harm the environment. 

Once limestone is removed from a home or business, it can be recycled. Repurpose that natural stone outdoors. It’s great for a garden bench, edging a yard or even building a wall. Limestone is reusable!

Now that you’ve learned the limestone kitchen countertops pros and cons visit Firenze International. We have a warehouse with natural stone slabs ranging from limestone to marble. Contact us to see our inventory. 

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