Limestone is a material with a distinct charm. It’s been used by ancient civilizations across the world to create stunning monuments and buildings. In modern-day landscapes, it can be easily used to create an old-world/antique look and is an excellent choice for contemporary terraces and patios. Limestone is available in a variety of colours and textures, giving you the flexibility to create outstanding landscape effects. Here is a basic guide on limestone and how you can use this material in your custom designed patio or landscape installations.
This sedimentary rock has a distinctive, grainy appearance. It is quarried all over the globe and is available in colours such as pinkish-white, tan, grey and blue. Limestone is a very durable natural stone that is used in outdoor spaces of custom designed luxury homes.
Limestone – the pros
- Available in a wide range of textures and colours
- Lighter limestone colours effectively deflect heat and are cool on bare feet, making them perfect around pools and the warm climate we have in Sydney
- Extremely resilient and durable
Limestone – the cons
- Heavy and not very cost-effective; but this also means it isn’t a material you will see in every landscape or patio. A limestone patio will lend a unique look to your property.
- Sensitive to acids – strong, acidic cleaners can easily erode the surface.
Colour and size
Limestone is available in a range of shapes and sizes and you can choose from pavers, slabs, stair treads, capstone, edging, wall veneers and more. You will also find a large variety of irregular and dimensioned flagstone for a more rustic and natural look. People often associate limestone with subtle, creamy white tones; however, you can find stunning blues and greys that can give bluestone a run for its money.
Range of finishes
The stone can be polished to a consistent and smooth finish. If you prefer more textured surfaces, a thermal finish will provide the effect you are looking for. You also have the option to get the stone sealed if you like. Not only will this protect the surface from stains and dust, but will also increase its longevity. If you prefer to leave it unsealed, it will acquire a patina over time.
The maintenance aspect
Limestone is extremely sensitive to acidic solutions; you need to reconsider before installing this stone near fruiting trees; fallen fruit and sap can stain the surface very easily. Cleaning limestone is easy – you only need to use water and a mild cleanser to keep it looking as good as new. It’s best not to power-wash your limestone patio too often as that can damage the surface. If you decide to seal the surface, it’s important that you use the same sealer type for all future applications.
Since limestone colours are lighter than concrete and brick that gives it a much better SRI (solar reflectance index). Stones that have a high SRI stay cool as they release thermal radiation and reflect the sun’s rays. Since they don’t absorb too much heat, they help reduce the heat-island effect around your property.
Since it stays cool to the touch, it is a great building material for coastal areas too. Limestone can be used in combination with gravel and grass and the effect can be continued in the poolscape areas of your property as well. This helps create a seamless and cohesive look in your landscape.
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