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1 How to choose perfect tiles for your dream interior design? (Natural Limestone)

When it comes to choosing tiles for you home, whether its wall and floor tiles for your bathroom, splashback, floor and worktop tiles for your kitchen, or floor tiles for your hallway, it can be really hard to know where to start. It is costly to install tiles at your home, so you want to ensure that you make the right decision on tiles you choose. This post introduces you the properties of common tiles as well as their pros & cons. It will help you choose the right tiles for your home.


There are natural stone tiles, such as limestone, marble, granite, lava, slate and quartzite, and man-made stone tiles, such as quartz, terrazzo, ceramic and porcelain tiles, commonly being used in interiors.


Limestone

Limestone is sedimentary rock primarily made of minerals such as calcite and aragonite.


It most commonly forms in clear, warm, shallow marine waters. It is usually an organic sedimentary rock that forms the accumulation of shell, coral, algal and faecal debris.


Travertine is a form of banded limestone. Travertine tile is a perfect flooring material for high quality and luxury interiors.

Pros:


1 Elegance

The look of limestone can increase the home value because it is considered an impressive and sophisticated stone. It is also available in a wide range of colours.


2 Durability and Comfort

Limestone is highly durable. It is a soft stone. Compared with granite and marble, you can feel the softness of the stone under your feet.


3 Flexibility

Limestone is soft rock form. It can be carved into any shapes and easy to be carved, compared with other rock forms.




There are two types of limestone blocks or bricks:

1) Natural limestone that is cut from the quarry into the size and shape required.

2) Reconstituted limestone that is made from crushed limestone with the addition

of other materials such as concrete aggregate. It is more eco-friendly.

Both have aesthetic properties and strong qualities. They can be smoothed to look more sophisticated or rough-hewn.


4 Cost

Travertine tile has the fibrous, marble-like texture and attractive earthy colours, making it one of the most popular natural stone tiles in interiors. The expenses involved in the installation of limestone tiles are a lot cheaper than marble and granite. It is an affordable natural stone with rustic appeal.


5 Sustainability

The manufacturing process of making limestone tiles is simple and short as compared to synthetic tiles. Limestone tiles don't need extensive finishing process in factory. This conserves energy and makes environment pollution free.


6 Safety

Limestone tile is non-flammable, keeping kitchen safe.



Cons:


1 Heavy in Weight

Limestone is a heavy material and thus limestone tile is relatively heavy in weight. It requires special care in handling and installation.


2 Porous and Soft

Limestone is a porous rock which means it has many tiny holes throughout the material. If it is not sealed properly, any smoke or liquid can penetrate the stone and cause permanent stain. It is a soft stone, so it can discolour, scratch easily and be etched if acidic liquid, like orange juice, is spilled on it. It needs to be sealed after it is first installed. The sealant will have to be replaced as years go on. Be aware when you consider to install limestone tiles in your home, especially kitchen worktop. Try not to spill juice and drop hard items on it. Regular cleaning of limestone tiles can ensure longer life and better condition.


3 Short Lifespan

Limestone is very hard to maintain due to it being so delicate and prone to stains, so it has a shorter lifespan than granite tile.



Colour Options:


Limestone tends to vary from light colours to dark colours, such as white, cream, beige and grey. As a general role of thumb, paler limestones tend to be less durable than darker limestones. Thus, it is a better choice to install a darker shade of limestone flooring in high traffic areas, such as hallway, bathroom and kitchen.



Finish Options:


The surface of limestone tiles can be honed, polished, tumbled and brushed. You can choose different finishes based on your interior style.

  • Polished limestone becomes more reflective as the surface becomes bright and shining. The polishing also increases the slipperiness of the tiles. They are commonly used on floors and walls in modern homes.

  • Honed limestone looks matte but graceful, giving a soothing look and feel. It is quite popular to be used in modern homes. It is easy to maintain as there is no polish and tile colours remain all the time.

  • Tumbled limestone looks old and vintage, suitable for outdoor installation or country homes with traditional old styles.

  • Brushed limestone is used for outdoor setting. It has a lightly textured surface that tends to be more resilient to scratches and marks.


Maintenance:

  • Sealing the surface once it is first installed. Sealers prevent acidic from soaking into the surface giving you enough time to clean the surface and prevent the colour from fading.

  • Wet cleaning.

  • Using poultice to remove stains.


Conclusion:


The exquisite and rustic look of limestone tiles can bring elegance to your home. They are cheaper than other natural stones and a good option for those who want a natural stone feel in their homes. They are durable, comfortable, versatile and beautiful, requiring relatively low maintenance. They are ideal to be opted for high traffic areas in your home. They get good value for the money you will spend.













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