The reuse of natural stone floor, facade and wall coverings is a relatively common practice. On the reclamation market there is a wide variety of elements, often reflecting historical regional characteristics. There are many processing possibilities for natural stone elements, which means that in many cases a tailor-made solution can be found for every project. Thick stones can be sawn in half, smooth stones roughened or damaged stones resized, etc. Therefore, wall coverings can often also be reused as flooring (the reverse movement is also possible, but not always as obvious). In addition, stone elements have a very long lifespan by nature. 

A central question when installing a floor or wall covering in reclaimed stone is the choice of the pattern - the way in which the tiles are laid in relation to each other. With certain patterns a lot of freedom in the dimensions is possible, which makes the search for reclaimed stone much easier. 


Stone flooring slabs

Most reclaimed stone floors are suitable for both outdoor and indoor use (and stone is usually easy to combine with underfloor heating). These are often relatively old floors. Hand-cut elements out of marble or bluestone, which are particularly popular for their rustic appearance but also fit easily into contemporary interiors. Post-war floors can also be found on the reclamation market. Common stone types are, depending on the region: marble, bluestone and other limestone, granite, sandstone, slate, etc. 

Stone wall slabs

Natural stone wall and façade coverings are regularly recovered from large, public buildings. Depending on the region, the most common stone types are marble, granite, travertine and other limestone, sandstone, etc., and composite materials such as terrazzo are also available occasionally. Pre-war, but also post-war placement methods using metal anchors allow for a relatively easy removal of wall coverings, making it possible to find recent coverings, for example from the facades of office towers. Other materials, such as window tablets, can also be used as wall cladding (for more information, see the material category "Cut stone”).