Posted on July 01, 2014
Limestone has become increasingly popular over the last few years and with more and more companies making and importing the material it has become a lot more affordable as well, depending on where the manufacturers source the limestone it can vary in colour and tone but generally it is a off white with a grain effect running through it.
The limestone fireplace itself is very versatile and can be used for a multitude of purposes such as gas appliances, solid fuel installations as well as electric fires. If using limestone for solid fuel then the hearth and possibly the back will need to be slabbed this is a process which requires a cement base being put on to the base of the hearth and back and cement lines running through the product to protect from the extreme temperatures and the expansion and decresion of heat.
One of the most common questions consumers ask about limestone is how to care for it and is it very porous we recommended that you clean limestone with hot soapy water and a soft cloth there is no need for expensive cleaning products as they are mainly water based anyway, bleach can be applied in a stain emergency.
As far as being porous, limestone acts very like human skin, and will absorb liquids if left for any length of time we strongly recommend avoiding liquids such as wine, juice drinks or coffee as these seem to be the most common problems are customers report.
Some manufacturers pre- seal there limestone products before point of sale which means they use a sealant which closes the pores in the limestone to give the customer a bit more protection from spills and stains, if this is not the case then the consumer can purchase sealant and apply with a soft cloth this can usually be done with one application and will last for a few years.
The term “blow out” is used in the industry to describe fossilised remains which can appear in the limestone, this is created over millions of years and can vary in size, this is perfectly normal and is not deemed as a fault with the fireplace but as a natural occurrence.
With the many options now available to the consumer, limestone has become just as popular as its marble counterpart, and can be utilised in as many ways, from grand fireplaces to hole in the walls from small mantel pieces to large, limestone is definitionally a material worthy of adorning front and dining rooms across the land and is a stunning compliment for any gas, electric or solid fuel appliance and will create the perfect atmosphere in the consumers property for years to come.