Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed in oceans, rivers and lakes over millions of years. Used extensively for interior and exterior cladding, this natural material often contains animal and vegetable fossil fragments or bands of color. Here you have the main uses of this extraordinay stone in architecture and construction.
The construction industry uses limestone for walls and floors on buildings. From the ancient pyramids of Egypt to the contemporary architecture, this natural stone have a high strength, durability and resistance to corrosion. Their non-slip and heat-resistant properties are highly prized. In fact, the fine grains of limestone rock allow density so it can last for centuries. It is used in contemporary and traditional architecture for both residential and commercial applications:
1. TILES: limestone tiles are used for several applications such as facades, interior and exterior walls, interior and exterior floorings, gardens, swimming pools, road surfaces and pavements. This stone can be installed in kitchens, bathrooms or fireplaces. For instance, CUPABLUE Limestone is a dark toned carbonate rock with very fine grain size and dolomite formations that can be produced in any size up to 240x120cm. The standard format are 60x30cm and 60x40cm with a thickness from 1.5 to 3cm.
2. PANELS: limestone can be used in natural panels for wall cladding. For example, CUPA STONE has created STONEPANEL® Nilo, composed of cream colored limestone with golden ruts and earth tones. Available in a standard measure of 60 x 20 cm and a thickness of 2.5-4 cm, these panels can be used in interior and exterior cladding thanks to its incorporated mechanical anchor for installation on surfaces higher than two meters.
Limestone is a highly valued stone by architects for traditional and contemporary projects. This natural material adds beauty to many buildings because it is offered in a wide range of finishes such as polished or brushed. The finish applied to the stone can change the color, creating deeper or richer tones. It can also complement other building materials and it can be used for other highly decorative applications.
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