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Limestone

Limestone is best recognized in architecture, due to the many landmarks around the world created primarily of limestone, particularly in North America and Europe. Limestone started gaining popularity during early 19th and 20th centuries. Train stations, banks and other structures from that era are usually created from limestone. It is a non-clastic sedimentary rock basically produced from the mineral calcite and sediment. The main source of limestone is the "limy ooze" shaped in oceans.

Pure limestone could be almost white. Due to its impurities, such as clay, organic remains, sand, and other materials, many limestones come in various colors, particularly on weathered surfaces. Limestone might be crystalline, clastic, granular, or huge, depending on the system of formation. Folk and Dunham classifications are described more precisely when it comes to limestones.


The Present State

Travertine is a compact variety of limestone created along streams, particularly near waterfalls and around hot and cold springs. Calcium carbonate is mixed where evaporated water leaves a solution, which is supersaturated with other chemical constituents of calcite. Tufa, an absorbent or cellular form of limestone, can also be found near waterfalls. In nature, limestone is found to occur in unbalanced purity, usually as a part of the calcium molecules being restored by magnesium.

The rock holding more than 95% of calcium carbonate is known high-calcium limestone. Re-crystallized limestone takes high-quality polish and is used as a building stone. It is then known as 'marble'.

A variety of other names are related to limestone depending upon the texture, stays of foraminifera, mollusks and other shell-forming creatures. For example, oolitic, pisolitic, reostone, crinoidal, foraminiferal, calcareous ooze, bryozoa, argillaceous and hydraulic are all variations of the material known as limestone.


Limestone for the Home

A home graced with natural limestone speaks to the sophistication and discernment of its owners.

Once accessible to only the select few, the elegance of natural limestone cladding is now within reach thanks to the ALC Solution*, the pioneering product from American Limestone Company.
What is the ALC Solution?

Briefly, it’s pre-engineered natural limestone architectural elements and a revolutionary installation system employing individual or continuous anchors.

You get a better product at a lower cost with the same elegance as limestone fabricated and hung in the conventional manner.

In addition to the ALC Solution, American Limestone Company also offers a full compliment of fabrication services, including custom carved pieces and a stunning range of fireplace surrounds.

Please contact us at our Dallas offices for more information or to discuss the specifics of your project.

Click Here For the ALC Solution Manual

Contained in the Manual are details on ALC Solution standard limestone panels and elements, anchoring system planning and installation guide, examples of their application, standard profiles, floor tiles and paver designs, balustrades, and load bearing masonry.

This manual is intended as a tool for designers as well as to demonstrate the uses to which the stone elements may be put. American Limestone Company is unique in the industry in providing standardized limestone architectural elements and a patented and patent-pending anchor system.

 

The colors represented here are a sampling of available materials. Additional colors are available.

  Limestone Samples
 
Ataija Blue Honed limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Ataija Blue Honed
Bone limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Bone
Cabouca limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Cabouca
Cenia Stone limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Cenia Stone
Coffee Cream Honed limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Coffee Cream Honed
Crema Gold limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Crema Gold
Deauville Honed limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Deauville Honed
Desert Grey limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Desert Grey
Gascogne Cream Honed limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Gascogne Cream Honed
Grey Gold limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Grey Gold
Halila limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Halila
Jerusalem Gold limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Jerusalem Gold
Longchamp Honed limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Longchamp Honed
Moca Cream limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Moca Cream
Moca Grey limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Moca Grey
Newport Anitque limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Newport Antique
Pietra Di Apricena Fiorita limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Pietra Di Apricena Fiorita
Poco Rosa limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Poco Rosa
Richeval Honed limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Richeval Honed
Roman Limestone limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Roman Limestone
Santenoy Honed limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Santenoy Honed
Trani Bronzetto limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Trani Bronzetto
Vaudreil Honed limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Vaudreil Honed
Zin limestone in Houston offered by Cangelosi
Zin

 

 
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