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Limestone Kitchen Countertops

The kitchen is perhaps the most important
room in the house, and one that draws the most attention when you are trying to
market your home. That is why it has consistently been one of the most
advantageous renovation projects you can undertake as a homeowner, garnering one
of the highest rates
of return per investment
.

Whether you are undertaking a major kitchen
overall or simply looking for a way to freshen it up a little, replacing the
countertopping is an affective place to begin with. There are many materials you
can choose for countertopping, and one such material is limestone.

More
about Limestone

Limestone is
a sedimentary rock that contains high concentrations of the mineral calcite. It
is mined from the earth and has been used in building construction dating all
the way back to the middle ages. Variances such as clay and organic remains within
the forming environments cause the limestone to have color fluctuations. Travertine
is a form of limestone, and is normally used on floors.

Limestone
as Countertopping

Limestone
countertops come either as honed or polished. Honed limestone has
a satin-like sheen that is less polished than polished limestone. The look is
created by not completing the polishing process. Some people prefer the more natural
appearance over the polished varieties.

Protecting
Your Limestone Countertop

Limestone can be used for kitchen countertops; however,
it is very reactive to acid, so caution must be used when cleaning. To clean
honed limestone, dust carefully and only apply cleaners made specifically for
that purpose. Be very careful to keep acidic foods and liquids away from your
surface. The limestone should be treated with a special seal to help prevent
damage, but still be vigilant about protecting them.

Limestone offers a unique beauty that stands apart from
other countertopping choices. Talk with a prescreened kitchen
contractor
today to tackle your kitchen remodel.

Limestone, praised for its soft and elegant appearance, easily wins the hearts of many homeowners. Unfortunately, high maintenance makes it a challenge to have in any kitchen. Here are some facts to help you decide if this stone is right for you.

Costs

Much like marble or granite countertops, limestone will certainly cost more than other countertop options. While it depends on the exact cost of the professional installation, as well as the size of the kitchen, limestone falls between $100 to $200 per square foot installed. Find out what it would cost for your home here.

Pros

Limestone comes in a wide variety of sizes, textures and colors.

This is one stone that can be molded easily without drastically changing the existing kitchen structure.

Limestone offers a luxurious look that ages well.

Cons

Acid can also severely damage limestone, so homeowners have to be diligent about keeping it free from citrus juice, etc.

Just like marble, limestone is porous and prone to scratches and stains.

Limestone can burn if hot pots or pans are placed on top of it.

Durability

With the unique ability to withstand humid climates, limestone is an extremely durable option for any kitchen—as long as it is installed professionally and well-maintained. If you avoid placing heat or acidic substances on these countertops, they should last for many years.

Maintenance

Because of the porous nature of limestone and the generally light color, there is a fair amount of upkeep involved. Spills need to be cleaned up immediately so as to avoid soaking into the stone. Here are other maintenance tips:

  1. Wipe countertops daily with either a stone cleaner or mixture of warm water and small amount of mild liquid dishwashing soap.
  2. Stains can be removed with a mixture of 1 cup flour, 2 tbsp. of mild dishwashing liquid, and water to make a paste. Leave the mixture on the stain overnight and cover it with plastic wrap. Scrape it off in the morning with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Rinse any remaining residue.
  3. Oil-based stains can be removed much the same way, but with a mixture of 2 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide, 1 cup flour and water to make a similar paste.

History

Limestone reached the peak of its popularity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when it was commonly used to build train stations, banks and other structures. It has also been used as a façade on some skyscrapers. While not the most popular choice for kitchen countertops, it has received praise for its beautiful patina and high-end appearance.

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