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A Lot About Lueders & A Little 'Bout Limestone:

Updated: May 8, 2023

If you live in the Texas Hill Country, then you're no stranger to limestone. In fact, limestone has become virtually synonymous with the Hill Country aesthetic - and not just because it's beautiful. It's also a popular building material due to its durability and versatility (just ask the ancient Egyptians -- they built the Great Pyramid of Giza with 5.5 million tons of limestone).

In the custom pool industry, especially if you're working with an independent local firm, you may hear the term "Lueder" or "Lueders" used to describe options for things like stone coping and decking. This is actually a reference to Lueders Limestone, and today we're going to dive into a little bit about what that means, and why it's a great choice for your backyard oasis.

Lueders Limestone is so-named because it's quarried around Lueders, TX - a tiny town just north of Abilene in Highway 6. Relatively inexpensive for natural stone, Lueders is often used for architectural purposes, such as cladding, paving, and landscaping. It's typically light to medium gray/charcoal in color, with occasional tan or buff colored variations. It has a dense composition and is able to withstand freeze-thaw cycles, making it a popular choice for pool and backyard applications.

When building a pool, you'll have a choice between poured concrete or natural stone, and at Ranch Road Pools we always recommend Lueders Limestone as a great option for natural stone coping and decking. While it's initially a little more expensive than concrete, you'll save on the back end with maintenance and repair. In fact, most customers who choose stone pay less over the life cycle of their pools than those who choose concrete.

Give us a call if you're interested in learning more about using natural stone in your pool. We're always happy to talk about the myriad options available in custom pool design!

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