What Is a Limestone Tile?
Limestone tiles are made from sedimentary rock formed underwater, through the compounding of mineral deposits over many years. They are beautiful and rustic, as well as being durable enough to use in high-traffic areas of the home. Limestone tiles come in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and finishes. They have a natural mineral veining and in certain styles of tile, you can see evidence of the tiny aquatic fossils and shells that were compounded as the rock took its form. These tiles are special, unique, and very versatile.
What Are Limestone Tiles Best Used For?
Limestone tiles are relatively soft compared to granite, but they are incredibly durable and come in a variety of rugged finishes that are ideal for many home renovation projects. Use a brushed limestone to add longevity and beauty to your swimming pool, garden walls, or fireplace. Select a matte, honed finish for a contemporary and stain-resistant finish to your bathroom or kitchen. There is a wide variety of colors and textures to choose from, including green limestone, which blends beautifully with outdoor surroundings, or brushed gold limestone with luminescent marbling, which adds an elegant touch to any fireplace or floor.
Which Finishes Are Available for Limestone Tiles?
Stone & Tile Shoppe stocks limestone tiles in a variety of different finishes to suit your design aesthetic, including:
- Polished: A high-shine, and scratch and stain-resistant finish that is ideal for use in bathrooms or for kitchen splashbacks
- Honed: A silky smooth honed finish is created by grinding down the stone to remove its top layer, revealing a satin, matte finish. Honed tiles are slip resistant, and durable enough for kitchen and bathroom flooring
- Brushed: A matte, naturally worn-down effect is created by sweeping the stone with a wire brush. This provides you with a low-maintenance tile that is easy to clean and fairly slip resistant, making it ideal for use in kitchens or hallways.
- Chiseled: Relatively flat and with a riven surface, chiseled tiles have horizontal grooves across the stone for a beautifully textured and rugged look. The rough surface has good slip resistance and durability while providing a great design feature for your accent walls and backsplashes.