When the carpet was lifted in this hallway an original Regency limestone floor was revealed. We were confident we could fully restore it to its former glory.
This 300-year-old limestone flagstone floor was scratched and very dirty. We restored and deep cleaned it, finally polishing and applying a micro porous sealant to allow the floor to breathe.
The surface of this limestone floor was very badly degraded. We stripped, repointed and resealed, bringing back the beautiful natural colour.
Floor Restorer and Flagstones
Flagstone floors have usually been in a house since it was built and are typically laid directly on to the earth or bedded in sand and building rubble. Although flagstones are generally inherited with a property, there are reclamation yards that sell them by the square metre. Be sure to check that the stock is clean and consistent in appearance.
We can deep clean flagstones and apply a traditional method of clear linseed and wax. We have completed flagstone renovation projects in many listed properties, some under observation from conservation officers and English Heritage.
As some stones and finishes are better suited to high traffic areas, we offer a consultancy service to help you choose the right type of floor for particular parts of your home or business.
History and uses
Flagstone is a generic term for a flat, rectangular slab of stone usually used as a flooring or paving material. The name derives from Middle English flagge meaning turf, perhaps from Old Norse flaga meaning slab or chip.
Flagstones are made from evenly layered sedimentary rocks that can be easily split. There are several types of rock that are suitable but traditionally they were made from a form of sandstone (such as Yorkstone) or in some areas limestone, depending on the vernacular building materials.
Anglo-Saxons in particular used flagstones as flooring materials in their interior rooms. Lindisfarne Castle and Muchalls Castle are among the many examples of buildings with fine surviving flagstone floors.