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Mar 18, 2017

Marble vs Limestone


Both a marble or limestone benchtop will bring beauty and elegance to any home

And since they’re natural stones, both have their own unique qualities.

Posted by: David

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Both a marble or limestone benchtop will bring beauty and elegance to any home

And since they’re natural stones, both have their own unique qualities.

Let’s break down their differences.

 

Marble Benchtops

Marble is one of our most popular stones at Stonetech. If you’re looking to add a sophisticated and luxurious look to your benchtops, there’s no other benchtop material that rivals marble’s classic aesthetic.

Compositionally, marble is a metamorphic rock that evolves from limestone. Marble is most known for its pure white color with grey veins. However, there are other colours of marble.

Because of marble’s high-end appearance, it is commonly used in elegant settings like master bathrooms, wash stations, bath surrounds, and fireplace surrounds. Since marble maintains a consistent temperature, it is also ideal for baking areas in the kitchen.

Avoid placing abrasive cleaning chemicals and acidic liquids like wine on your marble benchtops to avert potential staining. Daily cleaning and sealing it two to four times per year will ensure its beauty and elegance. Marble can last a lifetime with regular maintenance.

Limestone Benchtops

Limestone is an organic sedimentary rock that is formed from the remains of tiny shells and micro skeletons deposited on the seabed. It is better suited for low traffic areas like master bathroom vanities and wash stations.

We recommend sealing limestone four times per year, whereas, marble requires only twice per year.

Limestone typically comes in natural colours. Limestone will look fantastic as a bathroom vanity or bath surround because it provides a beachy look from impressions left on the stone by aquatic fossils and shells.

Overall, we recommend both for low traffic areas. Marble adds unrivaled elegance. A small piece can be used for baking if an entire benchtop does not suit your lifestyle but, if you’re looking for a beachy vibe in a low traffic area, limestone is a great option.