Limestone is a high-quality material that forms when marine sediment and calcium carbonate become compressed over a period of time. Limestone floor tiles are popular due to the durability of the material and the variety of textures and styles available, and when limestone is polished it holds a high level of shine, which can open up small spaces or complement the décor in a formal room.
The variety of limestone available makes it an attractive material, but it can be damaged during installation if it's not handled correctly, so it's best to have a flooring specialist lay limestone tiles. Here's an overview of the most common types of limestone tiles available and what maintenance is required to ensure your floor tiles last as long as they should:
Types and Finishes
Popular types of limestone tiles include honed tiles, which are flat/matte and tumbled tiles, which are manufactured to have an aged appearance with bleached hues and a slightly textured surface. Brushed tiles are similar to tumbled tiles, but without the alteration to the stone's natural colour.
Limestone tiles come with a variety of finishes to the tile edges, and the finish can have a significant impact on the finished look of your floor. Square edge tiles are contemporary, while broken edge tiles are more rustic. Chamfered-edged tiles have grooves that give the tiles a modern appearance and have the benefit of protecting the edges from chipping, which can be of particular concern in high-traffic areas, such as entranceways.
When cared for properly, limestone floor tiles will last for decades. Limestone is a porous material, so when the floor tiles are laid they will be coated with a stone sealer and protective wax to prevent moisture soaking into the tiles and deep scratches developing on their surface. Depending on whether they are laid in a low-traffic or high-traffic area, the tiles will need to be resealed every five to ten years. Limestone floor tiles are easy to clean, as you can sweep them with a soft brush or vacuum them and then mop them with a pH neutral floor cleaner. Acidic substances, such as vinegar and lemon juice, should be avoided when cleaning these tiles, as they are too abrasive and can cause erosion.
If you're considering limestone floor tiles, ask your local flooring specialist to recommend a type that would suit your existing décor and style. They would be happy to show you some sample tiles and come to your home to let you see the tile options they feel would work for you.