The Moleanos is a famours beige coloured limestone from Portugal. But what is exactly this limestone? Does it have any variations? How can I distinguish its different grades/quality? Is there one single grade or several different ones?
We present you answers for some of these questions, where we explain the main variations currently available for the Moleanos limestone.
Moleanos Classic – medium grain
This is the main variation of the Moleanos, which most people know. The Moleanos Classic is a medium grain limestone, with fairly uniform background.
Today it is most commonly found in the form of slabs. It is a preferential variation used on flooring and some cladding.
Moleanos fine grain
This is the second most common variation of the Moleanos, right after the Moleanos Classic. The Moleanos Fine presents a fine grain, with very clean and uniform background. This variations has the particularity that is not as hard as the Classic type, but it has the advantage of having a more clean look.
It is most commonly used on cladding, coverings and diverse interior decoration.
This is a marginal variation of the Moleanos, without much market. The Vidraco Moleanos is a thin grain beige coloured limestone, with some occasional large darker spots. It presents a fairly irregular look. The particularity of this variation is that it accepts the flamed finishing, which is unique for the Moleanos.
It is highly recommended for public exterior paving applications.
Moleanos Azul (Blue)
The darling of all Moleanos limestone variations, the Moleanos Blue presents the same structure than the Moleanos Classic, but with a blue / greyish colour. This variation is extracted in the same quarries as the other Moleanos with beige colour, but has a blue colour.
Despite having a marginal extraction, the Moleanos Blue has considerable demand and is growing on the international market.