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Definition

A type of sedimentary rock, made up of mostly calcite and aragonite.

Things you need to know

Crushed limestone is commonly used as a building material, it is also part of cement, and it can be used as facing stone or flooring tile.

Cost Considerations

For a fireplace surround, limestone usually costs less than granite or marble, and it is easier to cut, which may also save on installation costs. It is, however, more easily damaged, and therefore should not be used with wood-burning fireplaces.

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