Advantages of Limestone

Whether you are using Indiana Limestone as trim with brick or other materials, or to maintain the context of the surrounding area, its natural beauty will enhance your project.

Versatility can be the most important factor when choosing a building material for your project. In use since the first quarry opened in 1827, Indiana Limestone is adaptable to many different applications and building styles. Additionally, most Indiana Limestone is shipped to your job site cut to fit and ready to set, thus eliminating the need for cutting on the job.

Whether your project involves brick with limestone trim (sills, coping, quoins, keystones, etc.), site work or an all-limestone building, the warm neutral color combines with its ease of shaping and durability to make it the perfect choice for both architect and owner. Indiana Limestone exhibits no preferential direction of splitting and can be cut and carved in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Thus, it can be sawed, planed, turned on a lathe or hand worked to match the requirements of demanding architectural designs. Indiana Limestone has proven its use from simple treads and pavers to landscaping structures and bridges, to soaring cathedrals over and over again.

One benefit that has made Indiana Limestone the product of choice is the consistency of deposit. While subtle color and grain differences are present, Indiana Limestone is extremely homogeneous for a natural product. This is important, not only for the current project being built, but particularly when future expansions are contemplated.

When specifying building stone for structures that are expected to endure for generations, the natural choice is always Indiana Limestone. Many colleges and universities across the country boast Indiana Limestone buildings that are 50-100 years old and older in many cases. They continue to use this venerable material from Indiana in their new construction, allowing them to match existing buildings and to maintain the context of their campuses.

Many other buildings throughout the nation have a long history of using Indiana Limestone as well. From private residences, such as the Biltmore Estate (1895), to public schools, churches, courthouses, and museums, a variety of monumental buildings across the country have been built with Indiana Limestone as their first choice of building material. And when they need additions to their existing locations, the Indiana Limestone industry is able to provide a pleasing match to their original stone.

Another outstanding example is the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Teddy Roosevelt set the cornerstone for this building in 1907, and Mason Foreman Joe Alonso set the last stone there in 1990. The National Cathedral and many other buildings serve as a reminder that Indiana Limestone projects have endured from past to present generations, and will continue to serve future generations as well.

Proven durability and the fact that it's virtually maintenance free, makes Indiana Limestone extremely cost effective to use. The Indiana Limestone Institute can provide additional advice to show you the many economical ways to use Indiana Limestone and bring your project in on time and within budget.

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