Things to know when buying Dijon limestone
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Things to know when buying Dijon limestone

Having imported limestone for over 27 years, Quorn Stone are one of the biggest direct importers of Dijon limestone tiles in the country. As leading specialists in the industry, through 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 to know when buying Dijon limestone tiles.
 

Beautiful characteristics in Dijon limestone

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 hardwearing 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.
Dijon tumbled limestone tile flooring

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 companies 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 are transparent in having two selections; Dijon tumbled and Dijon Blend tumbled so you can order with confidence of what you will receive. Our Dijon limestone tiles are the top selection of the highest grade, yielding lighter and more consistent tones - the 'champagne' selection, as we like to call it.

Dijon brushed limestone flooring uk tiles
Dijon brushed limestone kitchen flooring

 Cost-effective options

For those renovating on a budget or for developers, the Dijon Blend limestone is wonderful option in our range – this is a second selection of the same material, which also means lower, cost-effective prices. The sister to our Dijon tumbled, you can expect more variation, minerals, fossils and veining. This is perfect for rustic barn conversions or for those wanting a lower cost option. Prices start from just £34m2 inc VAT. Often, customers will opt for our premium Dijon tumbled for internals, and then the Dijon Blend limestone tiles for exterior - outside paving will naturally lighten and season over time so this is a excellent way of keeping renovation costs lower.

Dijon Blend tumbled limestone kitchen flooring UK

 



Tile sizes and formats available in Dijon limestone


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 anywhere from 500-1000mm. Free lengths are particularly popular options, as a larger format flagstone, laid as random brick bond – maximising the beauty of the tile and minimising grout lines. 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.

Dijon tumbled large opus pattern limestone tiles

Matching indoor, outdoor Dijon limestone tiles and pavers

We stock the Dijon tumbled limestone in 20mm and 30mm thicknesses, suitable for outside to create the ultimate indoor, outdoor flow. These paving tiles offer a hardwearing and practical choice for outdoor exterior spaces. The Dijon limestone features beautifully soft stone markings and beige to grey tones that complement an array of styled properties - making it a versatile natural stone paver for outside. Being direct importers of this stone, we offer bespoke services for our Dijon limestone, such as bullnosed steps, edging and pool copings. A project with our Dijon brushed limestone paving below shows the impact and beautiful landscaping featuring Dijon natural stone steps and pavers.

 

Dijon brushed limestone pavers and steps


Natural stone finishes of Dijon limestone tiles

There are a few factors to consider when deciding which finish is right for you, with options of tumbledbrushed, honed and seasoned. Our most popular finish is the 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. The 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. Another exclusive offering to our Dijon limestone collection is the Dijon seasoned limestone tiles. This finish provides worn edges, increased texture and a slightly warmer appearance - ideal for outdoors and ground floor areas for a slightly rustic feel.

Dijon seasoned limestone kitchen flooring Dijon honed limestone kitchen tiles


FAQ's on Dijon limestone

Is Dijon limestone easy to look after and clean?

Dijon limestone is naturally very dense and hardwearing, making it a practical option for homes that see plenty of footfall. There are a few key steps needed to look after your stone floor and keep it looking its best for years to come - read our guide on how to clean and look after natural stone.
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In short, Dijon limestone needs sealing upon installation which acts as a protective barrier against stains, and requires resealing approximately every 4-5 years. Vacuuming with a brush attachment is recommended and spot cleaning any spillages promptly. Any harsh, acidic cleaners need to be avoided with natural stone – look for pH neutral cleaners and cleaners that say, ‘suitable for natural stone’. If you do have any stubborn stains on the tiles, there are products available to help remove these.

Which Dijon tumbled tile size should I choose?

The size tile you go for is personal preference – there is no right or wrong! However, over the years we have developed a keen eye on what sizes and formats work best for all shapes and styles of kitchens. The most popular formats for open plan kitchens with our Dijon tumbled limestone tends to be the 500xFL (Free Length) or 600xFL (Free Length). The Opus Patterns are great for more traditional properties and 600x400 for smaller spaces. 900x600 and 600x600 suit more modern or contemporary spaces.

Is Dijon limestone suitable with underfloor heating?

Yes! Underfloor heating is perfectly suited with our natural stone and Dijon limestone tiles following the correct installation. We strongly advise the use of anti-fracture matting, which is industry standard. This is a thin membrane that should be installed between the screed and your tiles. This membrane protects the tiles from lateral sheer movements, allowing the screed to fracture without damaging the tiles.

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We hope this little feature helps and informs you more about Dijon limestone and things to know when choosing your limestone kitchen floor. 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 four complimentary samples of our Dijon or any other of our limestone, marble and porcelain tiles.