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Last updated April 26th, 2022.

If you are building or renovating your home, you know that you need to make several 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.

Liquid limestone texture close up

What is Liquid Limestone?

Liquid limestone is a popular pavement option in Perth, consisting of a pourable mixture of crushed limestone and cement. This combination results in an attractive natural colour and a nice texture. It comes in various colours that complement Mediterranean, urban, suburban, and rural styles, which is why it is perfect for outdoor settings. Some even dub it the future of outdoor home paving.

While preparing the mixture, some plasticiser is incorporated to reduce the need for excess water while pouring. The finished product is not only gorgeous but also durable and easily modifiable once poured.

Don’t confuse limestone and liquid limestone, though. They are two different materials, although liquid limestone can be defined as the liquified version of the solid limestone, an abundant sedimentary rock. To further understand the properties of limestone itself, we recommend reading the information on this page.

If inspected closely, you will find that liquid limestone has many similar properties to concrete. It is not that different from the concrete material you see on sidewalks, with almost the same ingredients as concrete: cement, additives, and aggregates. There is a bit of a twist since liquid limestone only uses white cement rather than the typical grey. Additionally, instead of sand or gravel (used in concrete), limestone is the key component.

Is It Durable and Do I Need to Seal It?

One of the benefits of liquid limestone is that it is stronger than concrete. Therefore, 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 Benefits of Liquid Limestone?

Many excellent qualities make liquid limestone a top choice for many homes and places of business. If you are thinking about using liquid limestone for your walkways, here are some of the reasons why it may be the best choice for you:

  • The surface can resist staining, especially when sealed properly.
  • Liquid limestone is easy to clean. Instructions on how to clean the surface can be found below.
  • The material can be used anywhere, including inside your home.
  • It’s an excellent option for footpaths. Thanks to its durability and versatility, you can count on liquid limestone to give you a visually attractive walkway that lasts for a long time.
  • Liquid limestone is also used in carports and driveways. Because it is hard-wearing, heavy vehicles are not a concern. That’s why it is a primary choice for homes and even commercial carports and driveways.
  • The non-slip surface makes liquid limestone a good material for pool surrounds. Coupled with low maintenance and natural beauty, you won’t regret picking liquid limestone for the entertainment area.
  • Liquid limestone can enhance the appeal of your property and goes well with the existing design and style of your outdoor area.
  • One of the key benefits of liquid limestone to Perth homeowners is that 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 offers a unique and refreshed look, giving your outdoor area a boost and setting it apart from others.
  • The white cement gives a neutral colour to the surface, which allows it to produce vibrant shades. You have plenty of choices, ranging from bluish silver to sandy beige to brick red to terracotta.

If you are going for a Mediterranean style, you can achieve this look easier with liquid limestone compared to concrete and other materials.

The limiting colour options of liquid limestone due to its unique properties

Are There Any Disadvantages?

While liquid limestone is a premium material that enhances a wide variety of spaces, it is not without a few drawbacks. These include:

  • We did mention that the neutral colour lets liquid limestone produce vibrant hues. However, there is a catch. Compared to other decorative paving materials, it does not take colours well, especially bold shades. If bold colour is a must for your project, consider a different material in its place.
  • One of the benefits of liquid limestone is it gives a cooler and more comfortable surface for outdoor walkways, pool surrounds, and alfresco areas than other materials. However, this advantage can call upon mould and algae, encouraging them to grow and multiply faster. We see this particular problem when it is in very shaded areas. Thorough cleaning regularly will keep the unwanted bits away.
  • Liquid limestone can be costly. It still depends on how big the area is. As with concrete, the price is primarily based on the square metre. On average, it costs $65 per square metre, but this can vary depending on the slope of the surface, access difficulty, and other special treatments.

Liquid limestone may be a little pricey, but it is competitive with plain concrete. Considering all the benefits it can give, it’s a material that brings an abundance of useful properties to a project. Therefore, 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. It 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. You only need to:

  • Sweep the surface regularly.
  • Remove dust, leaves, and other debris using a vacuum cleaner.
  • Hose down the surface if there are any spills or stains, which are common in driveways.
  • Use a mild cleaning solution to scrub the surface. Use a broom or an old toothbrush, digging into the pores.
  • Leave the solution to dry, which can help remove oil and other tough stains. Repeat the process if necessary.
  • Dry the wet surfaces with a cloth or mop.

Make sure that you do not apply any acidic cleaning solutions. Although they can help remove grime and stains, they will surely do more harm than good. Instead, 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, add a sprinkle of pool chlorine before you pressure wash to 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.

Some cracking is inevitable with liquid limestone. You can minimise this issue by cutting control lines. The good news is that these cracks are not that visible and do not require repairs. You also do not have to worry about pulling weeds out. Occasional sealing and pressure can help maintain the beauty and durability of the surface. Reduce any problems by working with trusted Perth professionals. Contact Decorative Concrete WA for your liquid limestone needs today.

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