Limestone As A Construction Material In Building Industry
Limestone has a wide variety of uses in home construction based on the numerous products into which it can be processed. Consultants who provide building and construction advice have recommended it over and above, it has been used in the building and construction industry for walls and floors on buildings. This is in various ways as follows:
- Limestone blocks used in building of structures such as houses
- Stone cladding on walls – supplied by companies such as Meteor Stone
- Retaining walls
- Floor paving and tiles
Limestone blocks used in building structures
Limestone is well used for construction of both strong and durable structures, proven by some of the structures found in world history.
Limestone is first shaped into large limestone blocks then used as construction stone. It can also be sized into brick-sized blocks which are much smaller generally in physical size.
Some of the icons of world architecture such as the great pyramids of Egypt have been constructed purely out of limestone. The reasons why limestone is preferred for this specific use is:
- Limestone can easily be shaped into blocks or bricks.
- Limestone has been widely available in many countries worldwide.
- Limestone blocks have high strength.
- Limestone blocks are resistant to corrosion.
- They have high durability.
The property of limestone to easily be shaped into both blocks and bricks is important because it allows fast processing of the final product.
Availability of limestone together with the ease of shaping the limestone blocks couples up making limestone more preferred in the construction industry.
Limestone blocks have high strength which is based on their property of relatively high density and the fact that they are compact as well. High strength of the blocks and bricks ensures that the end structures constructed out of limestone blocks and bricks are strong as well and highly resistant to external forces of stress, shear and torsion. This ensures not only the durability of the structure but also ascertains safety to users because structures made of limestone are strong enough and they endure through time, with changing weather patterns through the various seasons as well.
Limestone has high resistance to corrosion, this is made clearer with the evidence of the high strength as well as the fine grains of limestone rock. The fine grains of limestone rock allow compactness and this builds onto the general strength of limestone rock.
Also, limestone rock in the building and construction industry can be highly polished. This is based on the characteristic small sized particles of limestone rock which on polishing limestone rock surface, we end up with a smooth surface. This has allowed for development and manufacture of a variety of limestone tiles as well as surface finishing. There has also developed many different ways in which limestone finishing can be made hence giving a variety to the interested party as well as meeting their needs with respect to aesthetics.
Limestone rock has numerous color variants in many different shades which very much easily meet the requirements of any buyer.
Limestone can also be used in road construction where limestone aggregate is incorporated into forming the base of the road.
Limestone today serves one key role which cannot go unmentioned. Limestone is the raw material in manufacture of cement. Cement is key in construction industry as it is used in various construction mixtures, to meet specific needs such as manufacture of composite concrete block, in holding building blocks in place over and above finishing such as flooring.