York Stone Paving

What makes Westminster Stone’s Reproduction Yorkstone so good?

There’s a huge difference between our award winning reproduction flagstones and your average concrete paving, but not as much difference between ours and the natural stone originals that we replicate. That’s why Westminster Stone were selected in 2011 by the National Trust to be the sole manufacturers of their authentic flagstones.

The process starts with the sourcing of the very best Yorkstone originals, and then we put our 30 years of experience as market leaders to the test, by manufacturing the very best moulds, acknowledged by those ‘in the know’ as World leading, and virtually indistinguishable from the originals that they emulate. In fact, after Westminster Stone and National Trust Paving flags have been laid for a couple of years, even an expert would struggle to tell them apart from originals.

Managing Director, John Clifford, is the creator and mould master, making flagstone and tile moulds and masters in our own R&D and moulding facility. There’s no skimping on the materials used, producing unrivalled results.

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The beauty of Yorkstone is that it can be used diversely, complimenting and supporting any theme of room. Wether that’s a traditional and aged look and feel or if it’s a contemporary and modern décor, Yorkstone have the ability to add character and uniqueness to any setting.

Architects, designers, and discerning home owners specify tens of thousands of square metres of our York Stone traditions reproduction paving flags each year. From the North of Scotland, to the South Coast, and with exports to the USA, Japan, and Europe, Westminster Stone and National Trust Landscape Collection paving and ‘hard landscaping’ materials are used to enhance many prestigious properties. The ones that may have heard of are:
-Robinsons Brewery
-Weatherspoon’s
-The Duke of Westminster Estates
-The National Trust
-Ground Force, (with Alan Titchmarsh, Tommy Walsh, Charlie Dimmock)
-Cameron Hall Developments
-Marsden Breweries
-A whole raft of celebrity and high profile customers
-And tens of thousands of Joe Publics!

Well first and foremost, real Yorkstone is is in short supply; particularly real reclaimed Yorkstone, and because of that, it’s expensive. Good quality genuine Yorkstone will cost £80 – £120 per m2 with the vat. Generally speaking, the thinner and more consistent the natural stone, the more expensive you should expect if to be to buy.

Because real Yorkstone whether newly quarried, or reclaimed, varies considerably in thickness, the cost of laying is also very much higher. Handling is more difficult because of the weight, and the thicker the flag, the more ground preparation is required. Expect it to cost three times the price to lay some Yorkstone flags than our excellent reproduction paving.

We’ve also done the sourcing for you! – We only reproduce patterns and character that you will like, whereas with real Yorkstone you may have a lot of wastage. There are dozens and dozens of different patterns and faces in each of the Westminster Stone & National Trust Paving ranges, adding to the authenticity, and offering a distinct difference to our competitors at Bradstone, Marshalls and Stonemarket.

The Westminster Stone colour is more consistent too, (though we do use several tones of a colour to create a a subtle natural effect, but it is within tolerances). That’s very important if you want to extend a patio at a later date. Our replica paving is of consistent thickness, (40mm) making them more cost effective and easy to lay.

They can also be made to a thinner spec of 25mm at no extra cost when there is limited height when using the flags as an internal stone flooring material, or when light weight paving flags are needed, such as on suspended timber floors, or on balconies or roof terraces. Real Yorkstone can vary in thickness from 30mm up 150mm making them difficult to handle. Westminster Stone has also developed a unique paving anchor system that improves the curing performance, eliminates all shrinkage cracking, and aids stability once laid.

Westminster Stone and National Trust Flagstones offer a traditional alternative paving medium. If you have a modern style property, then by all means consider Indian stone natural paving as an alternative. Colours tend not to be as natural looking ironically, and the straight cuts are a little more contemporary, but they offer an excellent paving solution.

Antique Sandstone, and hones sandstones offer different paving styles for your consideration. But if you have a characterful or traditional home, such as a cottage garden or barn conversion, farmhouse, stately home, then there isn’t really an imported natural stone which will be in keeping with the heritage of the building, like a good quality reproduction flagstone or genuine yorkstone product from Westminster Stone would.

There are many concrete paving manufacturers around the United Kingdom, producing uninspiring poor quality paving, and it has to be said that they give ‘concrete’ reproduction paving a poor press. Very often the strength and integrity is there, but the appearance is decidedly unattractive. Not so with us! There are three excellent brands (and Westminster manufacture two of them).

Westminster Stone, National trust paving, and some Stonemarket paving products offer impeccable quality and industry leading concrete reproductions. Unfortunately as 90+% of the concrete paving market is budget to mid-range in quality and appearance, leaving Stone Market’s Millstone paving range and Westminster Stone and National Trust Paving tarred with the same brush as the rest of the market. But seeing is believing.

Take a look at ours, and you won’t be disappointed. It’s not only better looking than all of the concrete competition, but more attractive and suitable than the vast majority (that we also offer) of the imported natural stone products.

Now chose Westminster Stone, and the National Trust Paving Collection Yorkstone flags, in the knowledge that you are buying the very best paving available, which will serve you well for years to come.

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