Lebanese Limestone 101

Lebanese Limestone hails from the tiny middle-eastern country of Lebanon, also known as the Lebanese Republic, where it has been used in construction since ancient times, most notably by the original inhabitants of the area known as the Phoenicians. Lebanese Limestone is similar in composition to maliki or Jerusalem stone, a type of limestone found in neighboring Israel. Due mainly to its innate strength and exotic beauty, as well as growing trade ties, Lebanese Limestone is growing in popularity in the United States. Keep reading to discover more about this durable and versatile stone and how it can contribute to the aesthetic of your designer landscape.

Characteristics

Lebanese Limestone is predominantly white or pale gold with a rich, coarse grain. Subtle pinks and rosy hues are also not uncommon, while other variants include light to deep brown. The stone’s high crystal content makes it hard and durable, able to withstand environmental pressures of both extreme sun exposure and water erosion. The surface of the limestone is clear once polished and can be used to create a strong, high quality marble. Dolomite and quartz deposits frequently give Lebanese Limestone a gentle sparkle.

Use in Landscape Construction

Lebanese Limestone has its uses as both a smooth, highly polished surface for use in floors and decorative features, as well as a rough, natural tile that can be used in everything from walkways and patios to stone veneers for outdoor cabinets and fireplaces. In its unrefined form, limestone provides an excellent non-slip surface, perfect for spa and pool surrounds, while the light color and reflective surface keep it from becoming uncomfortably hot in the sun.

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Limestone is also strong enough to be used in the making of structures such as fireplaces and has an attractive, natural appeal when used in retaining walls and stairs, or as landscape accents such as decorative boulders. Construction with limestone is tried and tested and many ancient limestone buildings have lasted hundreds if not thousands of years, as is the case with many Lebanese temples and monuments, along with notable buildings around the world including the Great Pyramid of Giza and the megalithic temples of Malta.

The Popularity of Limestone in California

Limestone’s sunny character makes it perfectly suited to the Californian climate and predominant regional aesthetic. California has a long history of limestone use in architecture, being itself once a prime producer. California’s natural limestone deposits have since dwindled, but Californian’s demand for the material has not. Today California imports a substantial quantity of limestone from all over the world for use in construction and architecture. Many of California’s luxury homes incorporate limestone into their indoor and outdoor designs because of its rich aesthetic. Marble floors and raw limestone structures adorn homes and backyards of some of California’s most impressive estates, lending its timeless appeal and elegance.

Importing Lebanese Limestone

Limestone is imported into the US via reliable trade networks. Reputable stone manufacturers and suppliers will operate on a fair trade basis, ensuring that no child labor is used in the quarrying of the stone and workers involved in the extraction and logistics are paid fairly. Every care is also taken to ensure that the product arrives on US shores in perfect condition and that the final product measures up to the highest possible standards.

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