Amarestone Natural Stone Blog

Frost Resistant limestone - testing is key.

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 @ 11:38 AM

Using limestone outside:

Limestone is an ideal material for using outside as paving, as cladding, as building blocks and for sculptures or other bespoke works. The big concern for architects and specifiers is how the stone will weather over the life of the project. 

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Topics: external stone, cladding, patio, CE Marking, limestone, frost test, French limestone

How 4 common myths cause leaks in your bathroom

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 09:00 AM


Recently, we have been asked to advise on several different situations where an inappropriate substrate has resulted in damage to the extent that the natural stone tiling now needs to be replaced. So, we would like to share with you the most common problems we come across and our top tips for protecting your new bathroom from water damage.

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Topics: installation, bathroom, marble, limestone

French and Spanish limestone at Ecobuild and the HB&R Show 2015

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Apr 07, 2015 @ 10:16 AM

French Limestone at Ecobuild and HB&R Show 2015.  Over the last few weeks we have been busy rushing from one part of the country to another for trade shows, quarry visits and client meetings. March is always a busy time of year as spring gets underway and projects that have been in the planning stages over winter start to gather pace. 

At the beginning of March we were at Ecobuild which took place at Excel, London. This year we decided to team up and share a stand with the Stone Federation, our industry trade organisation.

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Topics: limestone, French limestone, buying limestone, events, spanish limestone, floor, choosing natural stone, Stone Federation of GB, Stone Federation, exhibition, ecobuild

Outdoor Projects – a new limestone patio in time for summer

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Jan 09, 2015 @ 12:15 PM

A new Limestone Patio for Summer.

Believe it or not, if you want a new garden patio area in time for summer, now is the time to get planning. Read on for technical advice and a range of design ideas to help get your project started.

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Topics: limestone, limestone flooring, limestone tiles, buying limestone, fitting, substrate, Portuguese limestone, moleanos, patio, external stone, outdoor

Spanish Stone - Crema Marfil alternatives

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Jan 04, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

Alternative marbles from Spain:

In an earlier blog, I talked about Crema Marfil and how difficult it was becoming to find really top-quality material. 

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Topics: limestone, limestone flooring, choosing marble, marble, marble flooring, spanish marble, limestone tiles, buying limestone, spanish limestone, marble tiles, choosing natural stone, which stone, bespoke limestone, crema marfil, crema marfil tiles

How Mapei and Fila can make life easy in the garden!

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 @ 02:46 PM

Cleaning a Limestone Patio

How easy is that!

Natural stone is a perfect choice for using outside the house as well as inside. But the main questions that we hear time and time again are, "Is it hard to keep stone clean?" or sometimes, "But doesn't the grout stain easily and look horrible very quickly?"

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Topics: stain, limestone, limestone flooring, clean, restore limestone, sealer, stone, French limestone, seal limestone, limestone tiles, burgundy limestone, cleaning, sealing, protection, seal marble, pierre de bourgogne, renovate limestone, external stone

French Limestone - the quarries bounce back

Posted by Steve Turner on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 @ 11:38 AM

Good News: French Limestone back on the agenda

We recently had some excellent news from our friends in France. They have now restructured and we can once again source the widest range of top quality French limestone and marble for tiles, slabs, six-sides-sawn blocks and bespoke pieces. Our extensive range and knowledge of French stone makes us the UK's leading supplier of French limestone.

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Topics: limestone, limestone flooring, marble, French limestone, marble flooring, limestone tiles, burgundy limestone, marble tiles, pierre de bourgogne

Sourcing the world's best natural stone: How do you start?

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 @ 04:06 PM

Where it all began...

Husband and wife team, Steve and Denise Turner, started the company almost 10 years ago when they were looking for a fresh start. Denise began her career as a biochemist, later moving into IT. Steve went straight into the IT industry after university and worked his way up to running a successful IT project management business.

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Topics: limestone, choosing marble, history, marble, buying limestone, installation, fitting, Fila, choosing natural stone, Stone Federation of GB, CE Marking, design, bespoke limestone, company, customer service, bespoke service

French Limestone Flooring - two new stones to the UK

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

With our extensive network of contacts in the quarries throughout France, we have become known as the people who can source many of the well-known French limestones. Now though, the less well known limestone quarries are approaching us and enabling us to offer an even wider range.

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Topics: limestone, limestone flooring, French limestone, limestone tiles, burgundy limestone, buying limestone, pierre de bourgogne, vallangis, roche de clermont

Buying Natural Stone - top 5 tips

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 04:37 PM

Hints and Tips on Choosing Natural Stone for your project

This is a guide on how to select both the material and the professionals for your natural stone project.

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Topics: limestone, choosing marble, marble, French limestone, Italian marble, buying limestone, which stone