Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed of ancient corals and marine organisms. Oftentimes, you can see the actual shells and shapes of fossilized animals in the stone. The most common type of limestone used to make countertops originates in Spain. Due to its porous nature, limestone is not recommended in heavy-use areas as it’s very susceptible to staining and etching.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Limestone Countertops



  • Limestone typically comes in neutral colors

  • Unique fossilization patterns that vary from stone to stone. The various textures, sizes, and colors can add a luxurious look and warmth to your space.

  • Limestone has a classic, timeless appearance that will allow it to blend with different décor and design styles.

  • Limestone generally has a long lifespan when properly cared for. This natural stone is so durable.

  • Limestone has a smooth granular surface and can be polished; however, not as shiny as marble or granite.

  • Limestone is heat-resistant

  • The final benefit for limestone countertops is that they’re cheaper than other stones like granite and marble.

  • Compared to other stones, limestone does require a bit more maintenance and upkeep.

  • Since limestone is a soft and porous stone which means it can scratch and stain if not cared for properly.

  • It is also very sensitive and can be damaged by acids.

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