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Limestone Coping And Deck Supplier in China -GeorgeStone

Add A Timeless And Sublime Appeal To Any Space – Outdoor or Indoor – With The Most Beautiful Sets Of Limestone Pieces

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Limestone Coping & Deck Edge Design And Drip

We offer a whole slew of Limestone edge styles – here are the ones we recommend that will offer looks while also not bringing any risk to your stone’s structural integrity.

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Limestone Bullnose Coping

The edges on both the top and bottom surfaces are fully rounded. This will give your pool or wall edge a classic and elegant look. The circular shape distributes impact forces more evenly across the rounded surface, preventing concentrated stress points that could crack or chip the limestone.

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Limestone Eased Coping

The slightly rounded edges in this style eliminate sharp corners that could be prone to chipping or breaking off over time. Limestone’s composition makes it likely to get damaged from hard, direct impacts on sharp edges. The eased edges help prevent this.

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Limestone Square Coping

Limestone’s density and compressive strength make it suitable for square, precise edges without compromising structural integrity. The perpendicular edges don’t create any stress concentration points that could lead to cracking or breaking.

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Drip Grooves

come as standard with all our Edge designs – most limestone designs are very porous, and can be weak to water.

 You don’t want that with your pool coping, do you? Since there will always be water around.

 Having these Grooves helps out both with pools and other walls. The water will disperse quickly and without going too deep into the undersides of the coping. That way, the main structure will be safe from any issues caused by water.

Limestone Coping And Deck Tiles Application

You can put these stones in a lot of places – both inside and outside your home! Of course, there’s the obvious limestone pool coping and limestone deck – both offer the premium look of expensive stones like Marble, while also giving you a comfortable surface.

Speaking of comfort, limestone can also fit in perfectly on your roof or balcony, as limestone parapet coping – with the right edge style, you can get a comfortable spot to lean into that always stays cool.

And as an added bonus, you get to admire both the view outside your house and under your arms.

These copings can also fit in perfectly with walls – so you can get limestone wall coping for your garden walls. They can handle weathering very well, after all.

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Frequently Raised Concerns about Limestone Coping And Deck

Not very knowledgeable about limestones? Well, we’re the experts in the industry, so we’ll be more than happy to help. Keep reading and we’ll take care of all the possible questions you might have.

You want your pool area to look great and be safe, don’t you? Well, limestone nails it compared to other stone options. Its natural textured surface gives you excellent traction even when wet – way better grip than smooth stones like marble or granite. No more worrying about you or anyone else slipping and sliding around the pool.

The benefits don’t end with safety, either. Limestone is built to last. This dense rock can take a serious beating from foot traffic, pool furniture, you name it. It’ll still look great years down the line without cracking or chipping like some softer stones might. Plus, limestone’s high thermal mass means it absorbs heat during the day but releases it gradually at night.

So your feet don’t get scorched walking on the deck when it’s blazing hot out. Maintenance is a breeze compared to some other fancy stones, too. Just seal it up to avoid stains and you’re set. The color variations even help hide little scuffs and scratches.

Aesthetically, limestone offers a great natural vibe with warm tones and interesting patterns that can complement your overall design. And it’s very versatile – you can use it for the deck, pool coping, planters, the whole nine yards in coordinated looks. In short, it’s both reliable and great to look at.

Limestone is more mainstream than its variants such as Travertine – and it’s just as popular as something like Marble. Here’s a rundown of some of the best options available this year:

 

  • Lueders Limestone: Warm, buttery-toned limestone, named after the town of Lueders in Texas where it’s abundantly quarried. Available in square-edged tiles or random patterns with bush-hammered or thermal finishes. Resistant to fading and outdoor conditions.
  • Black Limestone:Dense, dramatic charcoal limestone resembling slate (also called Black Slate). Precision-sawed with natural cleft or sandblasted finish. Durable for high foot traffic but requires maintenance against staining and calcium buildup.
  • Tumbled Limestone: Rustic, aged appearance with rounded edges and distressed texture. Achieved by tumbling in drums. Various finishes are available- such as brushed, sandblasted or lightly polished.


Limestone is generally very versatile, and each of these options offer a huge range you can dig further into if you’re into more specific looks.

Well, for one, the limestone type makes a huge difference – rarity, colors or patterns bump up costs. Another thing to factor in is workability – softer limestones are easier to install, while denser ones require specialty tools and more labor-intensive work, hiking up. This is because limestone coping requires proper mastery to achieve perfect mitered corners and seamless fits.

Additionally, the material’s softness and porosity make it prone to chips and stains. If your pool’s design is intricate – with curves, cutouts, and fancy edging – installation becomes much more complicated compared to simple rectangles. That intricate, custom fitting is expensive with a finicky material like limestone, as its natural softness, porosity, and variability make it prone to chipping, staining.

So, the limestone type, its ease of molding, intricacy of design and even getting actually skilled limestone artisans – all of these details can cause your bottom line to fluctuate substantially.

Limestones come with temptingly low prices, despite how premium they look. You can expect to pay between $4 and $12 per square foot for the limestone pavers themselves, with the total installed cost landing from 40 to 120 USD per square meter depending on your project’s specifics.

The stones will cost you the same with either coping or decking – the rest can go up or down based on your installation specifics.

Sealing is also another thing you’ll need to factor into your budget. But generally, Coping is less expensive, as it’s only the lip around the pool and doesn’t cover up all that much area.

They’re similar but still very different at the same time. Check out the table below to see what you’ll have to deal with if you get either material.

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Limestone Pool Coping

Travertine Pool Coping

Composition

While both are calcium carbonate rocks, limestone forms over millions of years from compacted seashells, coral, etc.

Unlike the compressed sedimentary origins of limestone, travertine’s distinct layered look comes from calcium-rich hot springs. This gives it that signature fibrous, banded pattern as the minerals accumulate layer by layer.

Durability

Extremely dense, tight-grained limestone is about as durable as natural stone gets for high-traffic areas like pool decks. But sedimentary chalk – a soft, crumbly variety will need frequent repairs if used for coping.

Travertine is no pushover, either – it’s a little harder than Limestone, so it can stand a lot of abuse. Regular sealing on top keeps travertine in good shape for years.

Appearance

Limestone brings you a seriously diverse palette ranging from bright whites to deep reds and everything in between – with or without fossil patterning for added visual interest. Finishes vary widely too.

Travertine will get you that signature natural pitted, trough-y texture that adds dimension and a ton of warmth in tones of ivory, tans, golds and reddish-browns. Not a smooth look, but lots of character.

Maintenance

With more porous limestone you’ll need to stay on top of sealing to block stains and maybe do some periodic acid washing. But the less porous it is, the less sealing is required, though it can absorb oils and dirt over time.

Consistent cleaning is a must to keep travertine’s holes and troughs from collecting gunk. Sealing needs are more or less like limestone – every 1-3 years minimum to prevent staining and damage from pool chemicals.

Budget Needed

For a natural stone, limestone represents one of your more budget-friendly options for pool coping compared to travertine or granite – though quality and availability factor into cost.

You’re paying a premium for travertine’s look and limited supply. Professional installation is also more involved to fit and secure those unique textured edges and holes properly.

Limestone is a calcitic stone, meaning that it’s extremely prone to etching from acidic and harsh chemicals – which are likely to come in contact with it when you place it around pools – like when you’re doing cleaning.

It can build up black algae/mold over time, too. You need to get the proper sealant that can handle something like that. So, you definitely need a pool coping sealer just for limestone.

Generic sealers are leagues away from providing a similar level of protection. Although, there are sealers that work only for a selection of specific natural stones – among which Limestone is included sometimes.

Those are decent and will work as well as Limestone only sealer. Something else to note: with the porosity of limestone, it can absorb the sealant – so one coat might not be effective.

You’ve got to do two coats – the coverage will vary from 160 sq ft/gallon to 210 sq ft/gallon based on what sealer you select. Most of the coverage will go with the second coating.

Limestone coping can add a seriously stunning touch to your pool area. But it does have its own set of problems. Here are the things you need to look out for, besides the usual staining:

  • Spalling and Cracking: Limestone is a relatively soft stone compared to other options like granite – with a mere 2 to 4 hardness rating on the Mohs Scale. So it’s more likely to chip, flake, and crack, especially around pool edges  due to constant exposure to chemicals and freeze-thaw cycles.
  • Surface Texture Changes: Considering its softness, Limestone can easily be ground down – and if you’ve got a commercial pool, that’ll be a big concern as well, even with coatings and sealants. Although, you might not have to worry much about it compared to decks, since that issue happens more with them, unless you’ve got a commercial pool where there’s always people either going in and out or lounging on the edges.

No, it’s trickier and something you likely need skilled hands for. For one, the coping pieces needed for tighter curves are narrower (e.g., 6-12 inches wide) – so more careful shaping is needed, with consideration to minute details.

 

Not taking care of these creates pronounced seams on the inside of the curve, although if you have a particular design preference, you can use contrasting

grout or sealant colors to accentuate them.

 

Additionally, you also need a dry-set or cement bonding method for the installation itself – with thin-set mortar or adhesive instead of a normal mortar bed. You might also need to add more reinforcement to prevent the curves from creating overhangs or or cantilevers from cracking or breaking off due to weights.

It’s not as much of a one way answer as you might think. Limestone has a relatively low thermal conductivity, which means it absorbs and releases heat slowly.

So, it’s fairly nice to walk on. However, its porosity allows moisture absorption, which can lead to more spalling or flaking when the trapped moisture expands due to heat.

Additionally, limestone has low compressive strength, which makes it more likely to cracking from thermal expansion and contraction.

While a denser, less porous limestone may perform slightly better in hot climates, other coping materials like concrete or granite may be better suited to take on extreme heat and temperature fluctuations without breaking down as easily.

To get the best out of such copings, you should get stones with a thickness in the 3 to 4 inch range. Limestones can be very dense. Having that extra heft helps prevent it from cracking or bending under its own weight as time passes.

A thicker cross section can also give it better durability against weathering – moisture and freeze-thaw cycles are far less likely to be able to eat away at the coping over time.

You get that combination of enough strength from the thickness while still having a material dense enough to keep things stable.

While limestone isn’t as compressed as other stronger natural stones – say, granite- the extra thickness gives it a much more reliable structural integrity. It can easily handle loads and impacts without failing.

Before we get to explaining the actual cleaning part, we highly advise against using harsh acidic cleaners – since they’ll etch the stone. Stick with cleaners specifically made for limestone – they’ll usually mention it in their description.

Making sure it’s mild and pH-neutral with alkaline salts is also a good idea. With that done, give the coping a good rinse to knock off any loose dirt and debris that could grind into the surface when scrubbing.

Use a soft bristle brush made for limestone, not stiff wire ones that’ll scratch up the finish. Work in sections, letting the cleaner dwell 5-10 minutes to penetrate mineralized buildup before gently scrubbing with soft brushes or cloths – no abrasive pads.

Be extra careful along bullnose edges prone to chipping. Rinse thoroughly, so you get rid of all the cleaning residues. Once fully dry in 24-48 hours, apply a penetrating limestone sealer to protect against future staining and efflorescence.

Reapply that sealer annually. The key is using the gentlest limestone-safe methods to avoid wearing down that relatively soft coping material over time. A little extra care like that will preserve your limestone beautifully.

To figure out how much limestone decking and coping you need, start by measuring up the total square footage of the area you’re decking and the linear footage around the perimeter for the coping.

Then, take a look at the limestone deck tile size you want to use – note their coverage area. Divide your total deck area by one tile’s coverage to get a rough tile count, adding 5-10% extra for cuts, waste, and patterns. For the coping, check out sizes like 12″x24″ or 18″x24″ linear pieces.

Divide your perimeter footage by one piece length and add 5-10% more for miters, cuts, and waste. Don’t forget the setting materials – use thinset/mortar coverage rates and grout calculations based on tile sizes and grout lines. Measure any linear footage needed for edge restraints or drainage accessories too.

Finally, order 5-10% over your calculated deck tile, coping, setting materials, and accessory quantities to have some extra, just in case.  Once you’ve gotten that all taken care of, you can get your supplier to review the numbers and installation specifics for you.

We’ll explain full details about both – so you can decide which to get first.

Aspects

Limestone Coping

Limestone Decking

Purpose

Serves as a protective cap or edging for the pool shell, typically 6-12 inches wide. It provides a finished look and prevents water from seeping behind the pool liner or into the concrete shell, which can cause structural damage over time. It also provides a smooth, finished edge for safe entry and exit from the pool.

Important for aesthetics, comfort, and safety around the pool. It prevents slips and falls and provides a comfortable surface to walk on. It keeps the floor cool on hotter days and keeps uneven ground from bothering anyone.

Durability

Can stand continuous exposure to pool chemicals, water splashes, and some foot traffic- its compact size and reinforced installation help prevent cracking or chipping. Using dense, low-porosity limestone and proper sealing increases resistance to staining, salt deposits, and freeze/thaw damage. Though resistant to physical damage (due to not taking up much space and therefore away from heavy foot traffic), may be vulnerable to acidic substances.

Endures freeze/thaw cycles, heavy foot traffic, potential chemical exposure, and may crack/chip more easily due to the larger area. Using dense, low-porosity limestone with a high PSI rating and proper installation over a reinforced concrete base enhances longevity. However, water can pool under it and cause damage as limestone is very porous.

Maintenance

Soft brushes, pH-neutral cleaners safe for limestone, solvent-based penetrating sealers, masonry joint sand to fill gaps, and buffing pads for polished finishes are key coping maintenance tools to remove dirt, algae, and calcium buildup from pool chemicals. Annual deep cleaning with specialized limestone cleaner may be needed. Resealing every 1-2 years with a solvent-based, breathable sealer locks out moisture and stains.

Decking needs a lot more attention – the slabs are more likely to crack or chip sooner since they take on more weight a lot more often. Sealing also needs to be applied often (every 2-3 years) and the drainage needs to be well-kept, as any water getting stuck under can be troublesome to clear out. A pressure washer and pH-neutral soap are needed for general cleaning.

Cost

Material cost for coping is lower due to limited linear footage required. Labor is also less due to faster installation process.

Decking tends to be more expensive due to the larger surface area and additional labor required for installation.

Customization

A coping’s smooth, straight lines provide a clean frame around the pool’s perimeter. Finishes like honed or brushed add subtle visual texture. Different colors allow it to blend or create contrast. Its limited width makes it best suited as an accent rather than a centerpiece.

More variation is needed to catch the eye – has the potential to be a good centerpiece. A good way to go about that is by adding geometric patterns contrasting piece sizes/colors, decorative borders, or limestone mosaics. However, this can create higher expenses due to the amount of space decking covers and needs adjustment for.

Heat Absorption

Thanks to the layered structure and porous surface, the heat disperses  more easily and the surface itself says cool. Since it’s set on the edge of the pool, will likely remain cool either way because of the constant contact with water. Getting a lighter color can make things easier.

Lighter-colored, textured decking finishes absorb and radiate less heat. Still, it gets wet less often, and the further areas from the main pool can dry out joint sand/grout prematurely.

Versatility

Coping is designed specifically for its functional purpose around the pool structure’s edge. It is not typically used in other applications.

Limestone decking can provide cohesive design flow by extending into other outdoor living areas like patios, walkways, outdoor kitchens, etc. Some even use it indoors as flooring for a seamless indoor/outdoor connection.

Resale Value

Well-maintained coping doesn’t significantly increase home value on its own but contributes to coveted “resort-style” pool aesthetics that are attractive to buyers.

Upscale limestone decking with decorative elements can be a major selling feature, increasing perceived home value and buyer appeal. An engaging, low-maintenance outdoor living space is a popular design trend.

You can find these coping tiles for a whole range of sizes – with smaller tiles (12″ x 12″) being the most popular. They’re great for DIY installations (even around curves) and classic looks.  

You can also try Medium Tiles  (around 18″ x 18″). They’re solid if you still want ease of installation without sacrificing too much of the looks.  If you go for anything larger, you’ll likely have less comfort handling them with all their weight. As for the thickness – you can go  for a range around 1.25″ (20mm) to 4″ (100mm), with 2″ (50mm). Thicker tiles work great for areas with more foot traffic, but can add to costs significantly.

No problem if you go for thinner options, though – since Limestone can be fairly durable on its own. Just be sure that the overall area covered by the size you end up selecting matches with the calculations you made earlier. Do that, and you’ll be all set.

You’d want to import limestone coping stones from China because the quarries here have a huge range of options. Our natural stone industry is vast, so you can find Chinese suppliers that can get you all kinds of unique textures, colors and patterns, so it’s easy to find the perfect aesthetic for your project.

These are all vetted quaries, too – there used to be a large number of quarries – which have by now been discontinued, with only the highest quality quarries meeting eco-friendly standards sticking around. And China’s known for its skilled labour, so it’s not just good machines you’re getting your stones from, but the best artisans around as well.

Even logistics with China are far more efficient while being more affordable from other options at the same time. So, what’s not to like?

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