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||Posted: 31 July 2019,19:39
There is a world of difference between the various "yellow" limestones, and even between limestones bearing the same regional name. Not all Kota Yellows (or Kota Browns, as some refer to them) are as good as others. The key is to use a reputable supplier, and not sbe shoppinga round loking to save a quid or two by finding a so-called 'bargain'.
There are pros and cons to both Kota and Tandur limestones. From a technical viewpoint, I don't believe that Tandur is as suitable for the British climate as the Kota, but that is anecdotal, based on years and years of looking at both, rathjer than any actual scientific data. I have Kota in my own garden and, other than an annual wash-down with a certain biocide, it looks after itself, whereas Tandur is often recommended as requiring a sealant for best effect.
When it comes to what will "harmonise", that's a purely subjective decision. Just because I like my Kota Yellow with a very dark 'basalt' jointing compound and a dark Raveena black sandstone contrast, doesn't mean it would suit everyone.
Find yourself a good, reputable landscape supplier who will let you play around with samples in their yard, placing this with that, and that with the other, until you are happy with the 'harmony'. No decent supplier will mind you doing this - they'd rather have a happy customer telling anyone and everyone about the wonderful service they received, than turn their back on a potential sale. And I can't overstate the importance of viewing the stone in natural daylight, sunny and overcast, wet and dry - photies, no matter how good they are, can never really do justice to a natural product.
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