Limestone for the design of indoor and outdoor areas
Limestone indoor and outdoor design
Limestone consists mainly of calcium carbonate and is, therefore, a mineral rock. Because of its origin, the natural stone belongs to the group of sedimentary rocks. Or to put it another way, to the reserve or precipitation rocks. Limestone is predominantly biogenic in origin. This means that the natural stone is formed from living things and reserve. Limestone is mainly formed from microorganisms and stone corals. At high pressure and appropriate conditions, these transform into limestone. This sedimentary rock can also arise from corals, snails, shells or sponges. If you look at the surface of limestone, you can often still see living things such as snails or shells. Because of these inclusions, each limestone is unique. As the name suggests, there is a large deposit of limestone in the Northern Limestone Alps. The mountains stretch from Vorarlberg, via Tyrol to Vienna and, thanks to their wonderful views, also invite you to go hiking. If you follow the hiking trails along the Alfenalm in Innervilligraten, in Sillian in the Lienz district or in Badl in Styria, these lead past the limestone areas. In general, however, this natural stone can be found very often on all continents and especially among shelves. According to researchers, 10-15% of the non-icy land is limestone. Because of its large occurrence, the rock is, therefore, an enormously popular raw material for the building materials industry. Properties such as the storage capacity of crude oil and natural gas further contribute to the fact that limestone is of great economic importance.
How do you recognize limestone and what are the differences?
Although natural stones such as marble or igneous rocks also consist to a large extent of calcite or other calcium carbonates, these stones do not count as limestone. In practice, there is the so-called liming test to find out whether it is actually limestone. Here a 10% hydrochloric acid is dripped onto the stone. If the surface brews, it is limestone.
Limestone is a popular building material!
In addition to gneiss, sandstone, and marble, limestone has also been a popular building material for centuries. Already in ancient Egypt, the rock was used as a popular material for the construction of tombs and pyramids. But the Romans and Greeks also recognized the use of limestone as heat storage in their day and liked to use natural stone as floor or wall heating. Limestone was also very popular as a building material for the construction of churches.
Although limestone is sensitive to scratching, the rock is quite insensitive and robust. Due to its previously mentioned heat storage property, the sedimentary rock is ideal for floor coverings.
depending on the limestone only partially frost-resistant.
only partially resistant to polishing, not acid-resistant
Limestone for outdoors and garden
With frost-proof limestone slabs as flooring, you give your garden a Mediterranean flair. But the natural stone is not only an optical eye-catcher. Due to its surface texture, the stone creates a pleasant, smooth feeling even when walking barefoot. Limestone is also increasingly used for walls or stairs. And if you want to create your own Mediterranean paradise, you can use the limestone in the garden as well as for paving stones in the entrance area.
Limestone for indoor use
If limestone is sandblasted and brushed, it gets a velvety soft surface. With its additional property as a heat store, the natural stone is ideal for stairs and floor coverings in the bathroom, toilet or kitchen. Thanks to its light color, limestone makes your rooms friendlier and creates a cozy atmosphere.
In addition to the common colors such as light gray to a light gray-yellow, limestone can also have stronger colors. If, for example, iron is added to the natural stone, this can result in a strong red. The color variations can go up to dark gray or black.
Limestone is one of the easiest to maintain natural stones. Thanks to its properties, Limestone is ideal for floor slabs, limestone slabs, terrace slabs, steps, stairs, garden paths, walls, swimming pool borders and much more.