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Moleanos Limestone: the choices

Moleanos Limestone: the choices

The Moleanos limestone is a famous limestone that is extracted in Portugal. There are different types of Moleanos, which leads towards a large variety of possible applications. Part of this versatility can be explained by its great technical properties, from its great resilience hardness and resistance to its subtle beige colour and uniformity.

With so much variety, people may get confused about what to choose and how to choose. On this article, we try to shed some light into the topic, but introducing you to the main types of Moleanos limestone currently being extracted and manufactured in Portugal.

Moleanos Classic

The Moleanos Classic is probably the most popular type of Moleanos limestone. It presents a light beige colour with a slight greyish tonality, medium grain and several brownish fine spots. In terms of consistency, this limestone is quite resilient and uniform with a medium grain.
Recommended Use: Flooring and Cladding
Best Finishings: Polished, Honed and Brushed

Moleanos Fine

The Moleanos Fine limestone is a refined version of the Classic stone with a thin grain and a beige colour filled with several brownish fine spots. This limestone is more elegant, refined and delicate. Due to these particular reasons, the Moleanos Fine is often used for interior flooring and decoration.
Recommended Use: Interior Flooring and Decoration
Best Finishing: Polished

Vidraco Moleanos

The Vidraco Moleanos is the less-known Moleanos stone, mainly due to its irregular appearance and occasional large darker spots, as well as limited quantity available. It has a thin grain and the beige colour has a more intense grayish touch. However, this is the only variation that accepts the flamed finishing, which is perfectly suited for exterior applications.
Recommended Use: Exterior paving applications
Best Finishing: Flamed

Moleanos Azul (Blue)

Moleanos Azul or Blue is the fourth variation of this type of limestone and it’s very similar to the Moleanos Classic type. The main difference is the colour, whereas the Classic displays a vivid beige, the Azul displays a pale blue/gray tonality. The Moleanos Azul maintains a great resilience and hardness, as well as a uniform gradient and a medium grain.
Recommended Use: Flooring and Cladding
Best Finishings: Polished and Brushed

For further information about Moleanos limestones or other natural stones, check our catalogue.

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