The worn patina of reclaimed Yorkstone flags, caused by years of foot traffic and weathering, sets it apart from other types of paving such as limestone and travertine. They are extremely durable and unique, as no two flagstones are the same, and that’s the beauty of a reclaimed stone floor – its authentic look can’t be replicated.

A good reclamation yard or stone specialist will carefully grade reclaimed stone into different batches according to use. If buying online, make sure photos are of the exact stock, look out for reviews, and agree in writing the flag sizes to expect. We always follow the SALVO code when buying flags, collecting them directly from the source ourselves, to ensure reliable provenance.

Is reclaimed Yorkstone expensive?

Reclaimed Yorkstone flags vary greatly. A batch of beautiful large, foot-worn flagstones from an old church will cost a lot more than ones from a cellar, and this is reflected in the price. Reclaimed weathered Yorkstone flags start from around £78 per square yard, and bespoke stone floors, coursed to plan, are around £156 per square yard.

Reclaimed cathedral flagstones

Exterior cathedral flags, all foot-worn smooth over 100 years, from £80 per sq yard, Reclaimed Flagstones

How much stone do I need to order?

If laying the stone in a random pattern, you will need to order extra (approximately 10 per cent for wastage). Traditionally stone floors were laid in courses of an equal width with random lengths, so we will often lay the floor out in our yard to fit room dimensions, which will save time and expense on site. Doing this also means you don’t have to order extra, and you can then get a detailed plan for laying.

Antique Yorkstone flags in hallway

Bespoke antique Yorkstone flags in the entrance hall of a classical Clapham villa, from £168 per sq yard, Ribble Reclamation

What should I look for in the flagstones’ appearance?

Smooth, cathedral-grade flags are a popular choice for internal floors, yet even smooth flags will have small chips, pits and undulations that contribute to their beauty. Avoid flagstones that have been reclaimed from industrial mills – although impressive looking, there is a strong chance they will be contaminated with oil. You won’t be able to tell when viewing them in a reclamation yard (especially in winter), but this will become apparent after the flags have been laid and heated up. Also avoid flagstones that show signs of lamination.

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Reclaimed cathedral grade yorkstone

Naturally worn, cathedral-grade Yorkstone with a riven surface, £114 per m2, Ren-New

Protecting reclaimed flagstones

When we supply an internal coursed floor, none of the reclaimed flags are sandblasted; instead, each is carefully hand cleaned using researched techniques to ensure it retains its natural foot-worn patina. Use a good sealer to make the stone less porous and more stain resistant, and a colour-enhancing or wet-look sealer for a more dramatic effect. To protect the stone without changing the appearance, use a matt-finish sealer – buy a range to try on off-cuts before committing to the entire floor.

Reclaimed yorkstone in edwardian terrace

Reclaimed Yorkstone flooring laid in courses in a Lancashire Edwardian terrace, from £156 per sq yard, Ribble Reclamation

Can reclaimed flagstones be used with underfloor heating?

With underfloor heating, it’s important to use flagstones of a uniform thickness. Reclaimed Yorkstone flags can range from 25-150mm, so we use a specialist saw to calibrate them to 35–40mm to ensure an ideal thickness. If too thin, they are susceptible to cracks.

Reclaimed yorkstone from Hampshire pub

Reclaimed Yorkstone from a Hampshire pub, £102 per m2, Authentic Reclamation