Home Trend 2015: Building a Strong Reputation around Indian Limestone Slabs
Posted on Jul 21, 2015
The Indian limestone slabs belong to the family of sedimentary rocks. They are largely composed of skeletal remains of corals, shell fish and other marine organisms. The limestone slabs extracted from Indian mines have mineral deposits of calcite and aragonite. Depending on the percentage of these minerals, the rating of Indian Limestone slabs is done. The Indian limestone tiles and slabs contribute to more than 65 per cent of the total limestone market. Limestone alone holds a significant percentage of over 25 per cent in natural stone market.
Used mainly as a building and construction material, the Indian limestone slabs are also used with cemented blocks in sewage tanks, driveways, drainage and pavements. Restoration of dams, roads and historic monuments are also done using a mixture of limestone, sandstone and marble stones. This is why they make a big cut in the market.
Texture gradient and Porosity
Natural limestone offered by the Indian suppliers and exporters have a very soft and homely appeal. It makes them ideal for use in interior construction as well. With little or no polishing, the slabs of limestone retain a rich look. In most cases, the Indian limestone slab suppliers add polishing film or a water-resistant coating to prevent the seepage of water into the inner layers. The natural variety is a very porous material which often leads to internal fissures and cracks. Though, the porosity to water has negligible effect on limestone’s outer surface, with time the overall strength and texture tends to suffer. The stone may suffer from grave consequences if corrosive material is dropped on the surface. Thus, the Indian limestone slabs are often laid and installed with a pre-coated anti-water film.
Limestone slabs are preferred over marbles and wooden floorings owing to their natural striation that make them easy to blend with the conventional interior designing concepts. The average cost of laying a wooden flooring is around USD 800 while, Indian limestone can cover the same area at a base prices of USD 400 or even less, depending on the variety you opt for.
Limestone tiles are available in the standard size of 12 x 12 inches. Larger floor areas are laid with tiles measuring 18 x 18 inches. Mosaic slabs made of limestone can also be used for installing natural stone flooring where the average price of the slab varies between USD 5 to USD 15 per square foot. Cheaper grade of the Indian limestone slabs offer the same strength but a slightly rough texture. They are sanded wand have a darker colour. The textured finish of the costlier versions of the Indian limestone slabs look regale. These slabs also show better resistance against porosity.
The price for laying the floor using Indian limestone tiles also varies depending on the mode of service chosen. Professional installation always cost higher, but comes with a full-range of cleaning, maintenance and after-sales services like quick replacement and re-installations. Since limestone slabs are heavy blocks, it should always be done by a professional tile installation company. Maximum damage to the slabs occurs during laying.