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Limestone fireplaces have been a constant feature of many UK homes, both grand and humble, since at least the mid-1600s. Nowadays, there are many different options for fireplace surrounds, including limestone, wood and tiles. Here, we examine the enduring popularity of natural limestone fireplaces.
Ethically sourced local stone
The good news is that some of the world’s best limestone resources are home-grown here in the UK
Unique look and feel
Every piece of natural stone is unique in look and feel, and limestone is no exception. As a sedimentary rock, limestone was formed from compacted shells, mud and other natural debris which lay for millions of years at the bottom of the sea. This gives limestone its unique natural textured look – no two limestone fireplaces are the same.
Strong, but workable
Limestone is incredibly robust, and limestone fireplaces will last at least as long as the homes they’re installed in. But, compared to other tougher stone like granite or marble, limestone is much easier to work with. This means the stonemason can cut limestone blocks much more accurately to fit the space. It also means much more flexibility when it comes to adding unique carving and design features to create a truly bespoke limestone fireplace to suit your home and your tastes.
Value for money limestone fireplaces
Compared to other stone fireplace materials like marble and granite, English limestone is amazingly affordable. This means with limestone you can have a
Different limestone colours and textures
Much of the current English limestone resources come from the vast Lincolnshire limestone belt which stretches in a south-westerly direction from North Lincolnshire across a huge swathe of the Midlands and down towards the West Country. Within this single belt of rock, there are many different colours of limestone – ranging from creams and light yellows to soft greys. Textures vary too – from smooth to grainy. Some variants still even have visible remnants of the shells and sea creatures which formed the basis of the rock millions of years ago.
Limestone fireplaces are easy to maintain
Unlike other fire surround options, like wood and metal, limestone is naturally long-lasting and easy to maintain. As it’s a porous rock, it does need to be sealed from time to time with a specialist limestone sealant to ward off stains and moisture – but this is a fairly easy DIY job. Your fireplace provider will also seal your new limestone fireplace as part of the construction/fitting process.
Styled to enhance any home
Because it is relatively easy to cut, shape and
Limestone fireplaces work with all types of fire
Limestone fireplaces work perfectly with all types of fire, from open grates and wood burning
So, if you’re looking to add a fireplace to your home, whether a new build or as part of a renovation project, why not consider limestone? You’ll be joining generations of homeowners and housebuilders from across the centuries. There’s also one thing you can be sure of – your natural limestone fireplace will be totally unique.