Think of ancient monuments still standing today. What are they made of? The answer is stone. Natural stone, including limestone, is beautiful and virtually resistant to weather, making it an excellent siding option for your home. Best of all, natural limestone cannot be duplicated. Every stone is a piece of art—every speck and fleck has history behind it. Here’s how to decide if it’s right for your home.
According to the Masonry Advisory Council of Park Ridge, Illinois, a 10x10 foot wall section of limestone (without windows, doors, etc.) costs about $43.00 per square foot. That’s using 4x8 x24-inch blocks of Indiana limestone.
When it comes to durability, limestone is one of the best siding options available. It will last for many generations to come, making it worth the extra money.
What’s even better than a durable, long-lasting siding material? One that requires no maintenance. Because it is impact-resistant, bug-resistant and virtually fireproof, limestone siding will look just as good years down the road as the day it was installed.
Limestone finishes include bush hammered, honed, polished, rubbed, sandblasted and split-faced.
Though often incorporated into “old world” designs due to its various color hues, limestone is also a popular material for contemporary and modern homes as well. As a building material, limestone is adaptable to many applications and architectural styles.
For centuries, limestone has been a common building material. Monuments, government buildings, churches and other structures are still standing today as a testament to its durability. Many of Europe’s medieval castles were also built with blocks of limestone, but perhaps the best known of all ancient limestone structures are Egypt’s pyramids.
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