How long does limestone last?

Limestone is an incredibly popular building material because of its wide availability. In fact, it makes up 10% of all sedimentary rocks on earth. It is also incredibly beautiful, but you may be asking yourself if it can stand the test of time.

Well, ancient Egyptians thought so! They used limestone in the Great Pyramid in Giza. Recently, acid rain has eroded slightly more. However, with proper care and planning your limestone will last for generations too.


No sealant is the perfect fit for every situation. Similarly, they don’t last an eternity, so regular maintenance is important to keep limestone constantly protected. Investing in quality sealants reduces stains and the effects of wear and tear.

Sealants bond with stone and create a barrier between your limestone and other destructive substances, like water and oils. This saves you money and time because you don’t have to replace your stone as often to keep it looking neat and professional.


Limestone is softer and more porous than other stones, like granite or marble, so cleaning and maintenance are slightly more involved.

Because limestone is composed of calcite and dolomite, it is susceptible to acid breakdown. This means you have to avoid abrasive chemicals like bleach, ammonia, or even vinegar to clean limestone. You need to use a PH-neutral cleaner to ensure that the cleaner you are using is right for your home or business. We also recommend regular sweeping and mopping, as debris build-up can scratch limestone over time.

You’re not alone if you are looking for ways to keep your limestone, concrete, EIFS, or industrial paint looking incredible for longer. Many of our clients come to us frustrated that their business invested so much into a professional-looking building just to see it erode over time. We help restore and protect their buildings so they can get back to serving their community. Contact JK Industries today if you want to protect your residential or commercial buildings.