The Versatility of Reclaimed Stone Plank Pavers

When considering the range of reclaimed plank pavers we catalog, they all seem to fit into an ancient new age category. Ancient because in many cases these reclaimed stones have been used for centuries, new-age because they fit the modern aesthetic that values historical stones in both modern and rustic applications. Think stone for your glass and steel construction or that high ranch post and beam.
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Granite Foot Worn Plank Driveway
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Sawn first-generation granite curbstone can be used as pavers, flooring, coping, caps, and veneer. How’s that for versatility?

WHAT IS A PLANK PAVER?

Basically, anything we call a plank is a lot longer than it is wide. Planks are usually 12 to 20 inches wide by 3 to 5 feet long, but they have lots of variability in length to width. Thicknesses vary from 3 to 8 inches, with reclaimed New England granite curbstone on the thick end, and Chinese reclaimed granite plank veneer on the thin end, at around 3 inches. The thicker planks can be re-sawn to produce two planks, each with antique weathered surfaces. They can be sawn to 2 inches thick for ease of setting, and for installations over heat melt systems. For interior flooring, they can be sawn to a 1 inch thickness.  Stone planks are most often used for pavers—especially stone driveways and patios—but they also make superior pool coping, path pavers, and veneers.
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First-generation reclaimed granite curbstone used as pool coping and veneer foundation stones.

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GRANITE PLANK PAVERS

Plank paver colors vary widely, even within stone material groups. The planks that are spec’d most often are reclaimed New England granite curbstone, in sizes from junior to jumbo. Their color tends to be mostly shades of gray, but like the granites of New England, they can also be many shades of brown and even pink. Some examples of the color variations are shown here in this first generation granite curbstone photo, and these are just a few examples!

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Color variations of reclaimed first-generation granite curbstone.
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Note the more even surface and sawn edges of these reclaimed third-generation granite plank pavers.

Reclaimed granite curbstone planks may be used in their original thicknesses, either with natural edges or sawn edges that yield tighter joints. The newer curbstone is more consistent in size and has smoother split-face surfaces. The weathered and worn surface patinas of the older, first-generation curbstone are what give these rustic stones character, and because the colors vary, they make for a unique end product. The more modern look incorporates the third-generation curbstone which is less worn, has sawn sides, and where weathering occurs primarily above grade streetside. Either of these paving stones can also be used for indoor floors, in addition to outdoor paving. 

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Reclaimed third-generation plank pavers make a stunning patio.
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Rustic surface junior and full size reclaimed first-generation plank pavers add a timeless looks for both interior and exterior applications.

Granite planks are not a New England exclusive. In China, granite paving and veneer planks have been used for centuries. We reclaim these planks as they are removed during modernization efforts. Many of the paving planks have been worn by foot traffic and thus we call these reclaimed plank pavers footworn.

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Examples of foot worn reclaimed granite plank pavers.
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We hear “wow” a lot when we show these to people for the first time. They display a beautiful range of subtle colors from grays to beiges. Their foot worn surfaces cannot be duplicated by machinery. Their edges are regular enough to allow for tight joints and they are usually around 3 inches thick. This is a very unique product. If you want something really different—look no further.

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Gavin Johnston curating foot worn reclaimed granite plank pavers in China.
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Foot worn plank paver patio installation.

MATERIAL HIGHLIGHTS

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Reclaimed Granite First Generation Curbstone
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Reclaimed Granite Second Generation Curbstone
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Reclaimed Granite Third Generation Curbstone

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

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Reclaimed Granite Foot Worn Plank Pavers
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Reclaimed Granite Rustic Plank Pavers
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Reclaimed Granite Curbstone - Junior Plank Pavers

LIMESTONE PLANK PAVERS

Reclaimed limestone plank pavers are generally less common than the granite variety, but some areas of the world historically made extensive use of limestone as pavers and building stone. Our reclaimed limestone plank pavers were ancient Chinese thresholds, used in anything from residences to factories. Accordingly, the sizes vary from around 3 to 7 feet long, in a wide range of widths, and thicknesses of 2 to 5 inches. 

Surface textures range from worn smooth to coarse. The very dark heart of this stone is frequently disguised by weather and wear, and by the limestone chalk that forms naturally as the stone weathers. It’s a special product for distinctly unique applications.

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PORPHYRY PLANK PAVERS

Throughout the world, local stone has always taken precedence over stone from far away. This was a mostly logistical consideration, but in many cases, the local stone was totally appropriate. 

Reclaimed porphyry plank pavers from China are a classic case in point. The subtle colors of this stone, combined with its pockmarked weathered and worn surfaces, provide another unique reclaimed stone option for paving stones. They tend to be wider than the granite planks, 15 to 30 inches, and 3 to 4 feet long on average with thicknesses of 3 to 5 inches. Many different rectangular sizes are available including squares. 

Porphyry is a very hard stone with a grain tighter than granite. It’s been highly regarded as a paving stone for centuries, all over the world.

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QUARTZITE PLANK PAVERS

Quartzite stones look a lot like petrified wood. Each stone is unique and they are used most often in informal settings, like garden path stepping stones. That said, they make a pretty stunning patio with looser joints. They come in beautiful earth tone colors including some that are muted green. Lengths generally run 30 to 48 inches and widths vary but are usually around 12 inches, so they’re on the narrow side.

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As you can see, plank pavers are incredibly versatile. We thoroughly enjoy sourcing these distinctive plank products as we curate stone from New England to China and many points in-between.