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Shell Reef

Shells Reef Beige Limestone is a Beige Limestone from Syria

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Shells Reef Beige Limestone is a Beige Limestone from Syria

Original name: Shell Reef
Other name(s) used: Shell Reef Beige
Material: Limestone
Country of origin: Syria
Colors: Beige
Absorption by weight (%): N/A
Density (kg/dm3): N/A
Compressive strength (n/mm2): N/A
Abrasion resistance hardness (mm): N/A
Bending strength (n/mm2): N/A

What is Limestone?

Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed primarily of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) with the occasional presence of magnesium. Most limestone is biochemical in origin meaning the calcium carbonate in the stone originated from shelled oceanic creatures, such as coral or foraminifera.

Limestone can also be chemical in origin as is the case with travertine. Chemical limestone forms when calcium and carbonate ions suspended in water chemically bond and precipitate from their aquatic sources.
Limestone is mined from large quarries and then processed into a number of different products. Limestone is highly reactive with rainwater and will slowly erode when exposed the elements, such as rain.

Limestone has many uses. It is used as a building material: patio pavers, landscaping rock, road gravel, concrete aggregate and soil conditioner. Limestone concrete is not only one of the most important building materials today; it is one of the oldest building materials too. In addition, limestone is used as an additive to paint and other products, and a source of calcium carbonate which is used in a lot of products including antacids. Cooked limestone is used to make Portland cement, the key ingredient in mortars, cement, and concrete.

Because of these many uses the production of commercial limestone typically exceeds production of all other stone types, although granite production has surpassed limestone production on occasion

Limestone Features

  • Presents beautiful patina of a natural stone;
  • Creates unique surfaces
  • Offers classic elegance
  • Shares the warmth of the ocean formed material
  • It is relatively soft
  • Comes in a wide selection of earth-tone colors

Limestone Variety

Because of its high calcium content, limestone is usually light in color, although many variations exist. Commercially, the term limestone includes dolomite, dolomitic limestone, oolitic limestone, and travertine, a porous calcitic rock that is commonly formed near hot springs. Limestone presents visible shell fragments, tiny pits, and subtle color variations.

Why Choose Limestone

If you love the look of natural stone in your home, but you can’t decide exactly what type of stone to use, why not consider limestone?

  • The coarse grain of some limestones gives it excellent durability. Limestone is used to produce beautiful kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, tile floors, wall tile and even columns.
  • Limestone reveals little graining or crystalline texture, giving it a smooth, honed, granular surface or polished look. Limestone contains lime from sea water, making it a very popular choice with its fine selection of earth-tone colors suitable for a wide range of environments.
  • Limestone is a popular choice for tiles because it is attractive. Limestone is available in a range of different colors and patterns and being natural stone, it looks great wherever it is used. Nothing beats the classic elegance and warmth of the natural stone. You can use limestone tiles to create a gorgeous rustic look, or a timeless, modern look that never dates.
  • Limestone tiles can be used on both walls and floors, and can installed in the kitchens, bathrooms, living areas, bedrooms, and even outdoors in entertaining areas and around the pool. When used in wet areas remember to seal it correctly.
  • Limestone is incredibly durable and long lasting. It lasts a lifetime if not longer. Best of all, limestone tiles just keep getting better with age! Sealed limestone tiles are practically impervious to staining or moisture so you don’t have to worry about spills damaging your tiles.
  • Limestone tiles are also very hygienic inside and outside the home as they are resistant to bacteria and allergens cannot hide within it. It is actually a very hypoallergenic material which makes it perfect for people with respiratory disorders or who are prone to dust mite allergies.
  • All that limestone requires for care and maintenance is a penetrating sealant before and after grouting and every one or two years to reduce staining. Clean with warm water and natural stone cleaners. Deep stains require a poultice.

Luxury Countertops is here to help you create the home of your dreams, without compromising beauty or performance. Limestone is the natural stone delivering the hard-working performance that your everyday life requires. Choose now and contact us for a Free quote.