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In recent years, home construction and remodeling projects are trending toward the inclusion of natural materials. Interior applications once reserved for precast stone and other faux elements are now adorned with durable and beautiful limestone.
For many, Type III dolomitic limestone is the stone of choice for their home. Understandably so. This highest grade limestone offers unparalleled density, quality and strength in a versatile material that adds value and luxury to any surroundings.
Perhaps the characteristic homeowners prize most in Type III dolomitic limestone, though, is its legendary durability. So much so, in fact, that they often use this high-end limestone across the board for applications that are subject to varying levels of everyday use (and abuse), including:
- Fireplaces: Hearths, mantels and surrounds are elevated to focal points when custom-created from limestone,which provides the added benefit of heat resistance.
- Walls and pillars: Decorated with limestone panels or veneers, interior walls add large scale warmth, luxury and artistic flair, particularly when strategically placed in living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. In open concept spaces, pillars may be part of the layout — another opportunity for introducing veneers.
- Door and window trim: Limestone can be crafted to arches, rustic sills and sleek linear shapes that provide a unique way to treat door jambs and window frames.
- Showers and sinks: For obvious reasons, moisture is a concern in and around showers and sinks. The high density of Type III dolomitic limestone, however, translates to low porosity, meaning it resists water absorption even when exposure is repeated or excessive.
- Floors and stairs: Grit, foot traffic and general wear-and-tear can pose a hazard to floors and stairs made from lesser grade limestone, commonly known as Type II or Oolitic. Choosing Type III dolomitic limestone for these applications not only ensures a lifetime of uncompromised durability, it also spares you from daily sweeping and mopping, or placing and changing out rugs and tread protection to stay ahead of damage.
- Countertops and tables: The functionality of countertops and tables can make them susceptible to accidental spills, burn marks and other mishaps that could cause staining. Limestone surfaces can often rebuff most residual damage caused by these incidents, especially when promptly attended to with a poultice or limestone-friendly cleaning products.
Type III dolomitic limestone is easily one of the most popular natural building elements used in home construction and remodels today. If you’re considering it for your project, don’t make any decisions without reading our Homeowner’s Guide to Successful Natural Stone Projects. Click the button below to access your copy now!