Different finishes for Granite and other natural stones surfaces

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Different finish for Granite and other natural stones surfaces.

 

For the past couple of years, it’s been a trend to apply different finishes to granite and other natural stones surfaces. In this article our intention is to talk the different ways natural stones surfaces can be finished. At the end, we also would like to answer the most frequent asked question: Are they less or more durable than normal finish?

Natural Finish

The natural finish is basically the absence of treatment. The stone is sold as extracted from the quarry, once cut into the desired format. The final look depends entirely on the characteristics of the stone and its exploitation. This finish is appropriated for cladding and cobblestones.

Polished Finish

With a high-glossy look that brings out the color of the stone, this is a smooth, mirror-like and shiny finish. This finish make the stone look a little bit darker. This is an easy to clean finish. Used for almost everything but floors; since it could be more prone to slips, due to the smooth like surface. In surfaces like marble and quartzite, this finish tend to show more the etches and scratches due to its low resistance to liquid acid. A permanent sealer could be a solution for such surfaces with this finish.

Honed Finish

The Honed finish is considered by many the “silk lamination” of natural stones. It’s of a matte nature. This is a product of sanding and grinding the surface until achieving a smooth but less shining look.  This kind of finish doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and it is used mostly in marble surfaces in/or floors and in surfaces in contact with water.

 Leathered Finish

This is a specialty finish that is achieved through a process that creates texture in the stone and gives it a rough appearance. A newer style of stone finish that has become more common in recent years. It is most frequently seen on darker granites and gives the stone a textured presence while retaining its normal color. A leathered surface usually has a soft gloss to it, but is much less shiny than the lustrous look of a polished slab. Leathered granite hides fingerprints, water spots and smudges well. A leathered finish is most often used for countertops, vanities and outdoor applications.

Flamed Finish

A Flamed finish is produced when an intense flame is fired at the stone, causing the surface to burst and become rough. This finish is used primarily for exteriors applications where slip-resistance is extremely important. A flamed finish cannot be applied to all stones; however, most granite and certain hard limestone are preferred.

 

Biggest difference between these finishes?

Have you guessed it yet? The way they look and feel, they are almost the same. When it comes to durability, the kind of stone matter more. The way you choose to finish your next natural stone surface is nothing but another tool at your disposal, ask us any question and we can offer tips from past experiences. And do not forget to always “Find your muse.”

 

Different finish for Granite and other natural stones surfaces.

 

For the past couple of years, it’s been a trend to apply different finishes to granite and other natural stones surfaces. In this article our intention is to talk the different ways natural stones surfaces can be finished. At the end, we also would like to answer the most frequent asked question: Are they less or more durable than normal finish?

Natural Finish

The natural finish is basically the absence of treatment. The stone is sold as extracted from the quarry, once cut into the desired format. The final look depends entirely on the characteristics of the stone and its exploitation. This finish is appropriated for cladding and cobblestones.

Polished Finish

With a high-glossy look that brings out the color of the stone, this is a smooth, mirror-like and shiny finish. This finish make the stone look a little bit darker. This is an easy to clean finish. Used for almost everything but floors; since it could be more prone to slips, due to the smooth like surface. In surfaces like marble and quartzite, this finish tend to show more the etches and scratches due to its low resistance to liquid acid. A permanent sealer could be a solution for such surfaces with this finish.

Honed Finish

The Honed finish is considered by many the “silk lamination” of natural stones. It’s of a matte nature. This is a product of sanding and grinding the surface until achieving a smooth but less shining look.  This kind of finish doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and it is used mostly in marble surfaces in/or floors and in surfaces in contact with water.

 Leathered Finish

This is a specialty finish that is achieved through a process that creates texture in the stone and gives it a rough appearance. A newer style of stone finish that has become more common in recent years. It is most frequently seen on darker granites and gives the stone a textured presence while retaining its normal color. A leathered surface usually has a soft gloss to it, but is much less shiny than the lustrous look of a polished slab. Leathered granite hides fingerprints, water spots and smudges well. A leathered finish is most often used for countertops, vanities and outdoor applications.

Flamed Finish

A Flamed finish is produced when an intense flame is fired at the stone, causing the surface to burst and become rough. This finish is used primarily for exteriors applications where slip-resistance is extremely important. A flamed finish cannot be applied to all stones; however, most granite and certain hard limestone are preferred.

 

Biggest difference between these finishes?

Have you guessed it yet? The way they look and feel, they are almost the same. When it comes to durability, the kind of stone matter more. The way you choose to finish your next natural stone surface is nothing but another tool at your disposal, ask us any question and we can offer tips from past experiences. And do not forget to always “Find your muse.”

 

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