10 Different Kinds Of Limestone
At the Gasco Fireplace Gallery we offer 10 kinds of Limestone.
- Relvinha - Portuguese Veined
- Semi Rijo - Portuguese Inc. fossilised markings mostly without veining
- Agean - More of a plain white with slight variations and markings
- Turkish - Similar to Agean but more aged in appearance
- Limra White - Spanish , similar to Turkish but with more speckled appearance CURRENTLY OUR MOST POPULAR
- Bateig Beige - Spanish, darker Sandstone type colour and texture.
- Bateig Fantasia - As above but with more variations.
- Bateig Diamonte - As above but with a slight open faced Natural Stone type feel and appearance
- Grey Limestone - Exclusively from Feature Marble . This is becoming more popular and is one of our favourites.
- Corinthian Stone - Honed Limestone originating from the Western Mediterranean.
Limestone fireplaces are extremely popular although the majority of these tend to be imported from the Far East. They are however extremely well made and are regarded as some of the best value fireplaces in the showrooms !
If you prefer to have a fireplace made to your requirements or simply like a particular design within the showroom, the chances are the excellent Bespoke option will allow you to have anything made in any of the limestones (Except Persian)
What is Limestone?
Limestone is an organic, sedimentary rock. This means it was formed from the remains of billions of tiny shells and micro-skeletons deposited on the sea bed
Most of these decayed totally 300 million years ago, but a few decayed only partially. Those which decayed least are visible to the naked eye as fossils, others can only be recognised through a microscope.
They were compressed to form solid rock in layers - called bedding planes. These bedding planes contain vertical cracks called joints. Joints and bedding planes make the rock permeable.
Sedimentary rock covers approximately 75% of the Earth's surface and the differences between successive layers indicate changes to the environment which have occurred over time.
If limestone is very deeply buried, heat and pressure will cause the calcium carbonate within the Limestone to recrystallize, therefore forming marble.