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Pros and Cons of a Limestone Countertop

Updated on November 7, 2011
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There are many different types of stone countertops that are offered on the market. One of the most popular nowadays is limestone. In the past couple of years, limestone has become an increasingly popular material to use in home countertops for many reasons. However, as with any type of home renovation, there are both pros and cons to having a limestone countertop installed in your home.

One of the biggest advantages to the limestone countertop is that there is an incredible amount of adaptability to this stone. The deluxe appearance of limestone makes it a popular installation for kitchens and bathrooms. Many home designers, as well as potential home buyers, find limestone to be a very sophisticated building material and the presence of it in your home can only help the sale.

In terms of the stone itself, limestone is highly durable. Limestone countertops have an incredible amount of heat resistance and are known for being very sturdy. Limestone bears a remarkable resemblance to marble-another reason it is so well liked. The natural color is typically a white or other sandy like colors. The color of limestone makes it highly popular for professional chefs and other serious cooks. This is because the natural color of limestone looks particularly good with the stainless steel features of professional grade kitchenware.

Another reason many people choose to buy limestone for their countertops is because of the unique origin of limestone. The stone is made over time from shells and fossils and is shaped by sand and aquatic life. Because of its origin many people choose limestone as their stone countertop due to the fact that it has a unique story and many homeowners value that origin.

Despite the aesthetic pros of limestone countertops, there are several disadvantages of limestone that need to be considered before you purchase it. One such disadvantage is that limestone is fairly fragile compared to granite countertops. In fact, limestone is known for being extremely easy to scratch. This is because limestone-like it’s more expensive look-a-like: marble-is a pliable stone. Also, since the stone is so pliable limestone is easily discolored, grazed, or otherwise etched.

However, despite the general disadvantages to limestone many homeowners still prefer it. For one, limestone is not an expensive countertop relative to others. The stone is easily mined and there is an abundance of it, which makes it a fairly easy material for builders and manufactures to use and shape.

A limestone countertop is often thought of as an investment well made. Not only does limestone increase the value of a home but has an appeal that many appreciate. Limestone is often chosen for its resemblance to marble but its low prices. The color, stableness, and availability all make this kind of countertop a worthy home investment. Should you choose to have limestone countertops installed in your home you will be able to find plenty of good deals on both the stone slabs themselves and the installation services as well.

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    • DrMark1961 profile image

      Dr Mark 

      4 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Do you have any idea what is in that product (K2R)? I do not even have access to Amazon, much less an Ace Hardware, so I need a basic recipe that I can make up myself. Thanks for all your help.

    • Better Yourself profile imageAUTHOR

      Better Yourself 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      DrMark1961 - Try K2R stain remover (sold at Ace Hardware) Spray on and let sit and wipe off. Repeat until stain is pulled out.

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      Dr Mark 

      4 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I have a couple of cooking oil stains on my limestone countertop. Do you have an idea of how to clean a stain? I do not have the same materials available that various sites recommend for cleaning, so need something pretty basic.

      Thanks in advance. I enjoy reading your hubs about the trends in kitchen remodeling, even if I am not able to keep up with all of those trends.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love the limestone, I think it just goes with anything. Hope you like this, forgot to tell you about it. Just a little push a friend and I sometimes do for ones we think deserve it. http://jackielynnley.hubpages.com/hub/Hug-of-The-D...

    • Better Yourself profile imageAUTHOR

      Better Yourself 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Maria - Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Maria Harris profile image

      Maria Harris 

      6 years ago from Houston

      That's a very useful piece of information. Love your choice of photos. Thanks for sharing.

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