Things to know when buying Dijon limestone
Here at Quorn Stone, we have been importing limestone for over 22 years and are the biggest direct importer of Dijon limestone in the country. As leading specialists in the industry, over the years we have acquired invaluable knowledge and expertise when it comes to natural stone – only sourcing the best quality at the best prices.
With this in mind, as our most loved and best-selling stone, we wanted to do a little feature on our Dijon limestone and provide some information on things for you to bear in mind when buying Dijon.
Dijon is a beautiful limestone, with subtle beige-to-grey tonal variations, containing small fossils and some occasional crystallised calcite veining. This flagstone is a very hard-wearing and dense limestone – perfect for kitchens, ground floors and bathrooms alike. The neutral tones of our Dijon limestone tiles complement a range of colour schemes and styles of spaces, from contemporary builds to country barns and cottages.
Quality and grades of material
We’re aware of the crowded market in the natural stone industry and the vary in price from place to place, of what appears to be the same stone. Like any natural stone, the quarry that Dijon is sourced from has different selections and grades. Many company’s may offer Dijon limestone tiles at low prices, but may mislead by selling the lower grades of Dijon, advertised as premium quality. You can expect higher variation, browner tones, high oxidisation and veining with these lower grades. This is why we invite customers to view their exact stock before buying so they can order with confidence of what they will receive. Our Dijon is the top selection of the highest grade, yielding lighter and more consistent tones – the ‘champagne’ selection, as we like to call it.
We have also recently introduced Dijon Blend to our range – this is a lower grade of the same material, which also means lower, cost-effective prices. The sister to our Dijon tumbled, you can expect more variation, minerals and veining. This is perfect for rustic barn conversions or for those wanting a lower cost option. Prices start from just £26.50m2 inc VAT.
Our Dijon limestone is available in a variety of tile sizes – from patterns to free lengths, to fixed sizes. A pattern is a selection of 4 different tile sizes which are laid to create an opus pattern. Our free length tile sizes have a fixed width, with a selection of lengths ranging from 600-1000mm. Free lengths are particularly popular options, as a larger format flagstone, laid as random brick – maximising the beauty of the tile and minimising grout. We also offer fixed sizes such as square or rectangular tiles, this tile format especially suits our Dijon honed limestone and Dijon brushed limestone, giving a more uniform and contemporary look.
There are a few factors to consider when deciding which finish is right for you, with options of tumbled, brushed and honed. Our most popular finish is our Dijon tumbled limestone, due to its low maintenance and hard-wearing nature – great for the coming and goings of everyday life. The tumbled finish is achieved through a gentle ageing process, softening the stone markings and giving a tumbled edge and pastel-like appearance. This is perfect for country style homes wanting a rustic look. Brushed tiles have a matt-to-slight-sheen surface, with a subtle texture and straighter edges than tumbled. The brushing process is with steel brush heads, wearing away at the softer minerals within the stone. Our Dijon brushed is a versatile option suiting all styles of spaces. A honed tile is essentially polished but to a lower grade, with a smooth matt appearance. You can expect straight cut edges, creating clean and close grout joints and a contemporary feel.
We hope this little feature helps and informs you more about Dijon limestone and things to know about natural stone tiles in general. As ever, if there are any further questions you may have, please contact us where one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help. You can also order up to 4 free samples of our Dijon or any other of our limestone, marble and porcelain tiles.