Perhaps you are looking to add some character to your home – or maybe you are a fervent believer in the recycling of old building materials. There are many reasons for choosing a reclaimed stone floor.
Chris Mackie is an expert in reclaimed stone. Here he gives his advice to those thinking of choosing it as a flooring option.
Q: Could you tell us a little about yourself and how you became involved in the reclamation of stone?
A: I started as a fitter installing stone floors for people. The reclaimed stones were always popular and very distinctive. I ended up running projects as a contracts manager, from Ceramica & Stone’s Henley showroom.
We have been in Henley for 20 years now, specialising in various prestigious marbles and natural stone products from around the world. We have three generations working together so between us, we have lots of experience.
Q: Which stones do you specialise in?
A: We deal with all sorts of natural stones, such as limestones, Travertines, Marbles and granites, as well as specialist lightweight products.
Q: Which reclaimed stone tends to be popular at the moment?
A: These days, we find most of our reclaimed stone sells very well. People like the look of it in their homes and gardens. Our reclaimed Jerusalem full blend is always popular.
Q: Is it easy to find reclaimed stone that is in good condition these days?
A: No, I do not think it is easy to find quality reclaimed products. We only import the finest products from around the world.
Q: Is buying reclaimed stone cheaper or more expensive option than buying new stone?
A: To be honest, it varies but it would usually work out to be around the same price as buying a high quality limestone.
Q: What are the positive benefits of using reclaimed stone in your home or garden?
A: Firstly, there is the style. Reclaimed stone will always bring that classic established look. People also like the fact that it has a sense of history, connected to its origins. As well as that, of course, reclaimed stone is always very durable. Then there is the fact that this type of stone cannot be copied – so you have something original.
Q: Where should someone looking to buy reclaimed stone begin?
A: Always buy from reputable importers.
Q: What should they be careful about when choosing reclaimed stone?
A: Firstly, make sure that it is genuine. Check it carefully to ensure that what you are buying is the same as what has been advertised. It is always essential to order plenty – if you run out, you will probably be unlikely to be able to get the same stone again. Also, if you order a lot you can select the best pieces to use.
Q: Is it a good idea to seek advice from an expert? If so, why?
A: I would always recommend doing this. Then you know what you are getting and that the reclaimed stone is right for you and for your project.