Limestone Fireplace Mantels: Advantages and Disadvantages

Limestone fireplace mantels are hand carved out of natural stone. Consider the following points before you purchase one.


The craftsmanship of limestone fireplace mantels is clear to see, and they provide any living space with a focal point that suggests a high quality finish.

Limestone is also strong and durable, and the mantel should outlast any of the do-it-yourself enthusiast’s other projects by a considerable margin.


However, limestone is a natural product, so it carries a premium price as it has to be mined at source and transported to the do-it-yourself enthusiast’s house. Accordingly, limestone fireplace mantels are not as cheap as their cast stone rivals.

Being heavy, limestone mantels are difficult to install. Maintenance can be an issue too, as, unless the stone has been sealed, the stone is porous and will absorb soot and other stains. Once chipped, the mantel may have to be replaced, as repair work can look obvious.  

Finally, due to its light color, a limestone fireplace can give rather a “cold” look to a room, notwithstanding that it frames a fire. Larger stately rooms can carry this off, but a smaller space might be dominated by the austerity of this design statement.