Limestone: types, applications, colors and prices m2

We bring you the best information about limestone: colors, textures, types, prices per square meter (m2), environments, finishes and uses.

What is limestone and what is it made of?

Limestone is a natural sedimentary stone formed, for the most part, by calcium carbonate (CaCO3), normally calcite, although it frequently has traces of magnesite (MgCO3) and other carbonates.

What is limestone made of? Naturally, limestone is made up of the bone remains of marine animals rich in calcium carbonate, which time, they began to accumulate to later give rise to the formation of limestone.

It is one of the most elegant and versatile natural stones that exist and we are sure that you have seen it many times in some of its applications: floors, pavements, cladding, gardens, swimming pool exteriors, etc. and stand out for durability and the low level of maintenance it needs.

Where does limestone come from?

On land there are large deposits of limestone, some of them from ancient reefs, such as the one located in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, in Mexico.

Also very famous are the limestones that are found in deposits in the Region of Murcia, such as those of the Sierra de Moratalla, El Gavilán, Cerezo, Mojantes, Quipar and Quibas, or those of the Unión and Cartagena or the Águila in Molina de Safe.

It is also mined in the cliffs of Dover in England; in the Pamukkale Formation, from Turkey; in Boyaca, Colombia; in Santiago del Estero, Argentina; the Capacho Formation, Venezuela; and other tropical regions.

What is limestone used for?

Limestone has many uses, many of them related to construction. The most important are:

  • Cement manufacturing. If we calcine the limestone, we generate quicklime that is later used to make cement.
  • Soil recovery in agriculture, crushing the limestone to the size of sand.
  • Oil reservoir thanks to its great porosity
  • Construction or ornamental material, once it is cut and with the appropriate finishes. This section is where we are specialists since we are manufacturers of all kinds of applications (interior and exterior floors, coatings, skirting boards, shelves, shower feet, sinks, bathtubs, facades, swimming pools, etc.) on limestone that we put to your reach at low prices without intermediaries.

Colors and shades of limestone

Nature provides us with a large number of types and colors of limestone, which were originally the result of a process of millions of years. For this reason, limestone does not follow a fixed pattern, so it is difficult to find two identical limestones and depending on the place of extraction, nature has given it some nuances or others.

The most common colors in limestone are white, cream, brown and blue / gray. As an example of this, we bring you white limestone such as Alba, Capri or Marbella, cream-colored limestone such as Moka and blue, gray and brown colors as they follow in this list.

Applications and uses of limestone

Indoor or outdoor floors, pavement for the garden, terrace or swimming pool, stairs, shelves, skirting boards, limestone pieces for facades or cladding are some of the applications that we manufacture with limestone. Take a look at our collections.

Limestone from our factory to your home

In Tienda del Mármol - Mármoles Andrés Marín we are manufacturers of the main limestones of the moment, such as Capri, Marbella, Alba, Moka, Brown or Blue / Gray, with which we make all kinds of applications and send them to the place you prefer, at low prices without intermediaries.

We can produce large quantities thanks to our technology and our work team to supply the amount of limestone you need at all times with very short delivery times.

We ship limestone anywhere in the world

We have preferential agreements with both national and international means of transport to be able to take our Limestone to any part of the world at very reasonable prices. Ask us for a quote for the natural stone you need and we will send you prices for shipping costs immediately.

Cientos de residencias y todo tipo de obras en todo el mundo son construídas con piedra Caliza salida de nuestra fábrica de Caravaca, siendo países como Francia o Suiza los principales destinos de exportación.

Limestone Finishes / Treatments

We call finish any treatment that is carried out on limestone and that provides a touch of beauty and above all, covers the needs of its own habitability that it requires. For example, a bush-hammered treatment for limestone to prevent it from slipping in damp or wet conditions. There are basically two types of finish, those that are applied to the face of the limestone and those that are applied to the edge of the stone. We detail them below.

The finishes we apply to the limestone surface

Normally we can apply up to 8 kinds of treatment on the limestone surface. Each finish provides different qualities to natural stone depending on the operation, application or use that is going to be given to it.

Bush hammered

Bush hammered Limestone

The so-called "bush hammered" finish of limestone is achieved by hitting the surface of the limestone with a hammer or also called bush hammer, achieving a uniform and rough appearance. The bush hammered finish is recommended for outdoor limestone.

A coarser or finer finish can be achieved by adjusting the size and number of bushing tips, as well as the striking force. The holes will be between 1 and 3 mm deep.


Limestone Honed

This finish gives the limestone a smooth, matte surface. Just as the polished finish has a crystalline shine, the honed finish has a shine although it gives us a very smooth texture.

More and more customers are choosing the honed finish because of the possibilities it offers.

How to obtain the honed limestone

The type of honed finish on limestone is achieved with rotating wheels on its surface that "scorch" it, presenting different granulometries depending on the goal to be achieved.

Main uses of the honed finish of Limestone

  • Interiors, it can be used on floors and wall cladding
  • Outdoors mainly on facades

Sandblasted Limestone

The sandblasted finish gives the limestone a slight grainy relief, which results in a base with a very fine dotted pattern that is not smooth, but uniform in its texture. The sandblasting of limestone is obtained by exposing the surface to a jet of silica sand, causing a soft abrasion.

Main uses of sandblasted limestone

  • Outdoors, especially floors and facades
  • Indoors it is not usually used for its rough texture


Raw Limestone

The finish of raw, sawn or cut limestone is achieved by sawing the piece of limestone with diamond discs or strips. The result is a rough, scratchy and dull limestone.

Uses of raw limestone

  • Exterior floors and paving, due to its grip capacity
  • Interior floors for polishing "in situ", it is the ideal to achieve the best result


Aged Limestone

The aged limestone finish seeks to transmit the passage of time and allows us to achieve a classic atmosphere. To achieve this finish, different types of discs and brushes are used that make it smooth, old and worn at the same time, but also rough.

Uses of Aged limestone

  • Mainly in interior limestone floors, paving, cladding and cladding


Ground Limestone

The ground limestone, quite simply, is a dull limestone to prevent it from slipping, which is why it is widely used on outdoor floors.

Grinding is achieved with fewer passes than for honing, that is, a puttying process is passed (covering the pores and fissures with the limestone-colored putty) and it is treated in the polisher with a single pass to smooth a little and Go over the remains of the putty from the pores and fissures.

With the grinding, the cut marks that have remained from the rough phase and the finish of the marble are eliminated, being matte although with less pores and rusticity. To obtain ground limestone, a 60 granulometry carborundum wheel is used.

Uses of ground limestone

  • Ground limestone is used mainly on exterior floors and facades

Uses of ground limestone

  • Ground limestone is mainly used outdoors


Scarfiled Limestone

The scarfilado gives the limestone a rustic appearance, discovering reliefs and irregularities that give it a unique touch. Its appearance is very similar to that of a split fragment with a natural cut but with more reliefs. It is being used not only in rustic settings but also in the most avant-garde spaces.

This aspect is achieved by striking with chisels and traditional tools on the marble that gives off splinters.

Uses of scarfiled limestone

  • Grinded limestone is mainly used in interior and exterior facades and limestone cladding

Treatments applied to the edges of a piece of limestone

There is a wide variety of finishes that can be applied to limestone edges. Remember that we can do any type of finish you need, although the most common are:

We are manufactures We manufacture for you
Quick Deliveries We ship worldwide
Factory prices Without intermediaries
Wide Catalog Assorted colors
quality limestone Specially selected
Cut to size projects With personalized attention

What is the price of limestone? How is the square meter of limestone?

The price of the highest quality limestone, like the one we manufacture at, will depend on factors such as the color, type or the treatment applied to its face or edge. The price of limestone per square meter is also affected by the size of the piece and especially by the quantity. What is the price per square meter (m2) of limestone? We bring you a table of prices per m2 of the different limestones in their most common formats and various treatments that are apply. Taxes, shipping and quantity discounts are not included.

types of limestone Polish Rawn Honed Aged Sandblasted Bushhamered
Gray Blue Limestone
(Losas de 30x30x2 cm)
Alba Limestone
(Losas de 40x30x2 cm)
Capri Limestone
(Losas de 30x30x2 cm)
Mocha limestone
(Losas de 30x30x1 cm)
Marbella limestone
(Losas de 40x30x2 cm)
Brown Limestone
(Losas de 40x30x2 cm)

Advantages of limestone in Architecture and Interior Design

  • Porosity, which gives it a very important anti-slip property.
  • Wide variety of colors to suit different projects
  • Very easy care and maintenance and are susceptible to applying anti-graffiti and self-cleaning treatments.
  • Resistant to fire and heat
  • In exterior facades, the off-white color is achieved, a modern and innovative house appearance is achieved
  • A natural product with a low percentage of losses for the quarry, the manufacturer, and the installer of there is its good prices
  • On exterior floors exposed to the sun, it rejects the sun's rays and heats up less than other natural stones

Disadvantages of limestone in your home

  • In the flooring with its micro porosity it facilitates the absorption of humidity that is observed on the surface if a good insulator has not been placed

Frequently asked questions from our customers about limestone

These are the most frequent questions from our customers about limestone in our help channels. I hope they help you solve your questions, but if not, contact us through one of our channels and we will give you a quick, free and non-binding response.

Yes. Marble worktops not only look great but are durable too. Naturally cool to the touch and resistant to heat, they make a favourable choice for those who like spending time cooking and being creative in the kitchen, as catching the surface with a hot pan or dish won’t burn or melt the stone. That said, we would never recommend placing a piping hot pan directly on any surface – be it marble, granite, or quartz – as you run the risk or discolouration and damage over time.
Yes. Marble worktops not only look great but are durable too. Naturally cool to the touch and resistant to heat, they make a favourable choice for those who like spending time cooking and being creative in the kitchen, as catching the surface with a hot pan or dish won’t burn or melt the stone. That said, we would never recommend placing a piping hot pan directly on any surface – be it marble, granite, or quartz – as you run the risk or discolouration and damage over time.

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