Burlington Stone has been quarried from the heart of the English Lake District for over 400 years. This page covers care and maintenance tips, the geology of Burlington Stone and examples of the material in application.

Burlington Stone has quarried stone from the heart of the English Lake District for over 400 years. It is a stone which stands among the world's finest and which is treasured by architects, designers, developers and contractors in many countries around the globe for its durability, functionalism and natural beauty.

Brandy Crag, Broughton Moor, Bursting Stone, Elterwater Kirby and Burlington Silver are a technically superior slates. The collection's testing data and empirical record make it superior to any other honed slate we've ever seen. The Burlington brand of slate has been used at Buckingham palace, the public Library at Princeton and in the Library at Yale University to name just a few of the hundreds of notable projects Burlington has supplied.

Baycliff Caulfeild and Baycliff Lord are two high performance limestones, rich with fossils, character and tonal variation.

Geology of Burlington Stone

The Burlington Stone slates (Brandy Crag, Broughton Moor, Bursting Stone, Elterwater and Kirby) are foliated metamorphic rocks that have been formed through the metamorphism of shale. Slate is considered a low-grade metamorphic rock that is notable for it's ability to be split into thin pieces. The Burlington Stone limestones (Baycliff Caulfeild and Baycliff Lord) are sedimentary rocks composed primarily of calcite or dolomite.

General Information

All slates have a moderate absorption rating and will stain when exposed to oil and highly-pigmented liquids. All slates have a low abrasion resistance rating and are likely to scratch.

All limestones will acid etch when exposed to acidic foods such as lemons or tomatoes. Most limestones have high absorption ratings and low abrasion resistance ratings. In general, light-colored limestone is difficult to maintain in flooring applications with heavier traffic.

Care + Maintenance Tips


BRANDY CRAG, BROUGHTON MOOR, BURLINGTON SILVER, BURSTING STONE, ELTERWATER AND KIRBY:

  • Always seal slate prior to grouting or use.
  • To reduce the appearance of staining, always wipe up spills immediately. Oil and highly-pigmented liquids can penetrate and stain the stone and may need poultice to remove the stain.
  • Use walk-off mats at entrances and expect the material to patina rapidly.
BAYCLIFF CAULFEILD AND BAYCLIFF LORD:
  • Do not use limestone for kitchen countertop applications.
  • Always seal limestone prior to grouting or use.
  • Always check the absorption rating.
  • Always check the abrasion resistance rating
  • For limestone with a lower abrasion resistance rating, use walk-off mats at entrances and expect the material to patina rapidly.
  • Always use a grout that is similar in color to the stone to avoid a picture-frame effect.
  • Always use a neutral detergent to clean limestone.
  • If maintenance is an issue, choose a limestone with a lower absorption rating and higher abrasion resistance.
  • To reduce the appearance of staining, always wipe up spills immediately. Oil and highly-pigmented liquids can penetrate and stain the stone and may need poultice to remove the stain.

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