The Pros and Cons of Liquid Limestone
If you are in the midst of building or renovating your home, you know that you need to make a number of important decisions.
Among the decisions, you will need to choose which surface you’d like to use for outdoor entertaining areas. While there are many options to consider, liquid limestone could be the best choice.
What is Liquid Limestone?
Liquid limestone is a pourable mixture of crushed limestone and cement. While preparing the mixture, some plasticiser is incorporated to reduce the need for excess water while pouring.
It is often used in Western Australia as a paving and flooring material. It compliments urban, suburban, and rural setting because of its versatility. To further understand the properties of limestone itself, we recommend reading the information on this page.
Is It Durable and Do I Need to Seal It?
Liquid limestone is stronger than concrete so it will hold up well for years to come. About a week after pouring, Decorative Concrete WA will send a team to seal the surface.
What Are the Main Selling Points?
Many excellent qualities make liquid limestone a top choice for many homes and places of business. These include:
- The surface resists staining because of the sealant, and it cleans easily.
- Customers love its versatility. It looks as beautiful inside your home or office as it does on the outside.
- Using it in outdoor spaces such as walkways, alfresco areas, and pool surrounds will enhance more than just how the areas look. Liquid limestone also makes your outdoor environment more comfortable.
- It does not absorb the heat from sunlight the same way other materials do. Unlike other popular pool and alfresco choices, such as exposed aggregate, it is more comfortable for bare feet.
- It looks fresh and a little unique. This sets the surfaces it is covering apart from others. Many people believe that liquid limestone offers a more Mediterranean look than traditional concrete.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
While liquid limestone is an exceptional material that enhances a wide variety of spaces, it is not without a few drawbacks. These include:
- It does not take colour as well as other types of decorative paving materials. If bold colour is a must for your project, consider different types of materials to use in its place.
- The surface is cooler and more comfortable for outdoor walkways, pool surrounds, and alfresco areas than other materials. However, liquid limestone can gather mould and algae. We see this particular problem when it is in very shaded areas. Thorough cleaning on a regular basis will keep the unwanted bits away.
- The costs can be higher. However, it brings an abundance of useful properties to a project, and therefore many people feel it is worth the slight price increase.
Will It Harm My Yard or Pets?
Crushed limestone mixed with cement is safe for use around family pets and will not harm any small animals who reside in your flower bed, garden, or yard. However, after pouring, any living plants or grasses in very close proximity could die.
Many people who have liquid limestone say that removing unwanted grasses and weeds, as well as eliminating pests like ants, are great bonuses.
How Do I Clean My Liquid Limestone Surfaces?
Maintenance on a properly sealed liquid limestone surface is not complicated. Use a pressure washer as often as you feel is necessary (but at least twice a year).
This will keep the surface beautiful and free of stains. If you choose to, adding a sprinkle of pool chlorine before you pressure wash as this will help eliminate any mould or algae that try to make a home in your new driveway. For more in-depth cleaning, go over the chlorine with a stiff long-handled scrubbing brush before you pressure wash.
When using a pressure washer be sure to:
- Wear goggles to keep your eyes safe
- You should avoid being overly aggressive with your pressure washer. Over time, this could result in minor breaks in the sealant which will expose your limestone to the elements.