Generally, low quality limestone sold to you by a supplier will be more easily damaged, especially over time. It is also possible for the stone to break during the installation, regardless of whether it is done by yourself or a professional. All of these issues are both costly and time consuming, which is why it is so important to find a reputable limestone supplier from the start.
So, how do you spot a bad limestone supplier?
- Check whether the stone has any chips along the edges of missing corners. This can imply that the limestone was not packed correctly for shipping, as well as weakening the stone.
- Check that the pavers seem to be of a similar weight. This can easily be achieved by holding one in each hand and making a rough assumption. It should be obvious if a paver is overly light (and therefore of worse quality) when compared with the others.
- Check that the stone is actually ready to be used. After being quarried, limestone must undergo a ‘curing’ period that can last anywhere from a few months to a year. During this time, you cannot seal the stone or anything like that. A limestone supplier selling bad quality stone will make no mention of this period.
- Check whether the limestone pavers have a uniform appearance. If the grain looks off on one or two pavers or some tiles are thicker than others, it is likely that the supplier is doing something dodgy.
- Check the customer service history of the limestone supplier. Look online for reviews and complaints about the service of the supplier and the quality of the stone itself. Find out whether the supplier offers any guarantees or warranties.