Indiana Limestone Colors and Grades
The Indiana Limestone Institute of America (ILI) classifies Indiana Limestone into two colors and four grades based on granular texture and other natural characteristics. When specifying Indiana Limestone it is necessary to identify both the color and grade required or desired for a project as well as the surface finish to be applied to the stone. Contact us for more information about Indiana Limestone color choices or to schedule an appointment to see color options in person.
Indiana Limestone Color Classification
Buff — varies from a light creamy buff shade to a brownish buff.
Gray — varies from a light silvery gray to shades of bluish gray.
INDIANA LIMESTONE GRADE DESCRIPTIONS
The ILI classifications are based on the degree of fineness of the grain particles and other natural characteristics which make up the stone. The structural soundness of each of the grades is essentially identical.
As a natural product, Indiana Limestone contains at least a few distinguishable calcite streaks or spots, fossils or shelly formations, pit holes, reedy formations, open texture streaks, honeycomb formations, iron spots, travertine-like formations and grain formation changes. However, through the years, one of the pleasing features of Indiana Limestone which has made it adaptable to the various architectural styles is that, as these do not exist in large, noticeable concentrations from stone to stone, one piece looks very similar to another with no discernable pattern of these natural characteristics. For this reason, Indiana Limestone does not lend itself to pattern blending as do stones which have characteristics such as specifically pronounced veining which exists from stone to stone.
|1. Select||Fine to average-grained stone having a controlled minimum of the above characteristics.|
|2. Standard||Fine to moderately large-grained stone permitting an average amount of the above characteristics.|
|3. Rustic||Fine to very coarse-grained stone permitting an above-average amount of the above characteristics.|
|4. Variegated||An unselected mixture of grades 1 through 3 permitting both the buff and gray colors.|
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Indiana Limestone Color for Specification Available in colors and grades from buffs to grays to full color blend, our vast resources and reserves at Indiana Limestone Company mean options to match most every project need. We offer architects, builders, and fabricators a versatility that is unmatched by any other supplier of limestone.
Traditional buff color ranging from cream to light brown with some veining and grain movement visible in the face and fine to medium grained stone.
Clean buff color with subtle silver colored veining in the foreground and fine to medium grained stone.
Traditional buff color ranging from cream to light brown with visible veining in the face and medium to coarse grained stone.
Light to medium shades of gray with some veining and grain movement visible in the face and fine to medium grained stone.
Light to medium shades of gray with visible veining in the face and medium to coarse-grained stone.
Full Color Blend
A natural compilation of the full range of buff to medium gray shades with the same great subtle veining.