Here we share limestone kitchen counter design ideas including cost, cleaning, treating and maintenance tips.
Limestone has some qualities that make it an interesting choice for kitchen countertops. Limestone is made from miscellaneous exoskeletons from coral, shells, algae and even calcium carbonite. Weighing the pros and cons of the material you select for your countertops is crucial.
Limestone in particular is a beautiful natural stone, and is also heat resistant. Unfortunately, limestone also requires much more upkeep than other types of natural stone countertops. Limestone is a very porous material, meaning it can easily stain. It is also naturally a lighter color, which means the stains are that much more visible. This being said, Limestone is typically a more competitive price to make up for its need for upkeep.
Limestone Kitchen Counter Cost
As mentioned previously, Limestone is on the less expensive side when comparing it to granite and marble. The price of this type of natural stone countertop does have some variations though. Based on the color, impurity levels and the type of countertop the price can fluctuate a little bit, just as any other type of countertop.
- Slab Limestone countertops typically run between $300 and $450 per countertop.
- Tile Based limestone countertops typically run around $2 to $11 per square foot.
These prices are so different because the type (Tile versus Slab) Are bought if different way, you only need one slab, while it takes a ton of tile to cover an entire countertop. These prices are for materials only. Adding a good $20 to $120 per square foot for delivery and installation can make a big difference and natural stones are not easy do it yourself installations, these prices can change depending on the sizes of the slabs or the amount of tiles that need to be laid.
On top of that, anything custom or certain colors can up the price a bit, check your local stores to get a good idea on exact pricing. Another thing you need to worry about in the initial pricing of natural limestone countertops is the initial sealant, grout and polish. These can add to the price tag, but are extremely important for a safe and usable countertop.
Is limestone More Expensive than Granite?
Limestone is less expensive than granite. Granite is one of the more expensive natural stones due to its lack of abundant supply. Granite is tough and has very distinct veining in each piece, making it difficult to get a ton of the same appearance.
Limestone is common in places such as Europe making it easier to obtain, especially in larger quantities. While it is most common for granite countertops to be more expensive than limestone, there are certain cases where a rare piece of limestone from a faraway country could be more expensive than a small local piece of granite.
Granite is more expensive for good reason. The maintenance of limestone surfaces is a great deal more than granite, and the weight and elegance are even more powerful when it comes to granite. While limestone is a beautiful piece of stones, there are many risks of damaging the stone countertops.
Limestone Vs Traverine
Travertine countertops are a type of limestone. Travertine is made up of a softer material called calcite and thus often has porous areas, while limestone is much denser. Manufacturers often add resin fillers to travertine which may not make it ideal for countertops and should not be used for heated flooring.
Limestone is generally brighter in appearance than travertine. Often limestone starts out as bright white from the manufacturer and will soften over time. By contrast travertine often has a more ivory look to it. Limestone surfaces will generally be lower maintenance than travertine but will still require proper sealing and care.
How to Treat Limestone Countertops
Limestone countertops can be EASILY ruined. It is extremely important to take care of limestone to avoid staining and destroying the beautiful natural look. Coasters, cutting boards, dish mats and place-mats are essential when it comes to taking care of limestone countertops. Getting into a cleaning and sealing routine are the best ways to avoid the risks listed below that con come from mistreating a natural limestone countertop.
Scratches – Limestone is very susceptible to scratching, but luckily small ones can be buffed out. To avoid scratching the countertops take care to never cut anything on the surface of the countertops. Place-mats, coasters and other protective surfaces are good ways to avoid scratching the surface of the countertops.
Staining – As mentioned previously limestone is a porous material, meaning it absorbs any spills that find its way onto the countertop. Acidic liquids are the worst, Lemon juice and tea specifically, this also means certain cleaning supplies are not recommended. Any spills need to be wiped up immediately.
Even hot pots and pans can burn stains into the fragile countertop surface. Accidents do happen though so there is a way to get the stains out. Making poultice using flour and hydrogen peroxide can help get the stains out of the countertop if you cannot get the spills off before they create a stain or burn.
For a similar look with a more durable surface one may want to consider white granite countertops in the kitchen.
How Do You Maintain Limestone Counters?
To best maintain a limestone kitchen counter while protecting the above mentioned potential there are certain cleaning and sealing techniques that need to be followed. Limestone is a tough stone, but it is porous and many liquids can seep into the surface.
Sealing – Sealing is super important when it comes to maintaining and protecting natural limestone countertops. When the countertops are first installed they should come professionally sealed. Following that the countertops should be resealed once every year to keep them in the best condition and avoid unnecessary staining.
The best type of sealer to use is a water based sealer to help keep some water off of the natural limestone countertops. As an extra precaution you can also use dual sealing cleaning sprays on a weekly basis.
Cleaning – The cleaning of limestone is needed and it is important to read the instructions on the cleaning supplies as the limestone countertops have negative reactions to bleaches and other acidic cleaning sprays and chemicals. Natural stone cleaning supplies are the best way to go to avoid the staining and etching. Using natural stone cleaning products that are biodegradable and non-toxic can help brighten the finish without creating any damage to the countertop finish.
For an easier time maintaining a limestone kitchen counter one could use a matte or honed finish instead of a polished finish. This makes the countertop easier to buff out any small scratches without noticing as well as it makes fingerprints and smudges less noticeable, making the maintenance less needed. Even with ‘less’ maintenance though, it is still important to keep up proper sealing and cleaning on the natural limestone countertops.
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