Limestone, the ‘superior’ Bluestone upgrade
Why do we say Limestone is ‘superior’ to Bluestone? Compare the attributes….
1) Limestone has NO METAL (practically speaking), unlike traditional Bluestone from upstate PA/NY that is very laden with natural metal content….
1a) that means it STAYS COOL EVEN IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT. That’s right, since it has no mechanism (metal) to draw the heat into the body of the stone it is THERMALLY INERT! It’s a thermal insulator, rather than a thermal conductor!
1b) it is chemically inert to chlorine and salt….. NO Chemical REACTION! Since LIMESTONE and Travertine Limestone are composed of Calcium Carbonate (chemically similar to a salt itself)…..it doesn’t react with salts or chlorine!
2) It is faster and easier to install than Bluestone….
2a) Gothicstone products are produced on marble tile production lines to exact specifications, thereby resulting in a extremely squared and calibrated end product (try comparing that to Bluestone, which is hacked up on very basic saws that produce varying thicknesses and “out of square” end product). Of course this makes the project a “by the book” installation and NOT a nightmare of an “art project”! (Talk to your installers to get a feel for how mega important this point is….cutting the installation time to a fraction of what Bluestone installation would be)!
2b) Speaking of CUTS…..this stone, while being extremely strong (it’s even used on roads) CUTS LIKE BUTTER! This is due to its composition, and the fact that it has no slate-like striations as does Bluestone so it doesn’t flake and chip like Bluestone while being cut.
2c) And unlike Bluestone, no “chipped edges” when cutting, again due to the lack of striations (layering) in its composition. No chipping means faster and cleaner cutting with much less waste and a more perfect looking end product.
3) It is available in large format, including full size slabs (six foot by ten foot) or up to 24″x36″ pavers or tiles. Try doing that with Bluestone…..well, you can’t try it because large slabs of blue stone like that just don’t exist. This gives you much more design capabilities like incorporating large steps, feature walls, and outdoor kitchen countertops and facades!