Natural Stone Finish

Natural Stone finish

There are many natural characteristics of stone, including type and color, but have you ever wondered why one stone type appears shiny while another has a distressed look about it?   It has everything to do with the finish!  The finish not only gives the stone a unique look but also a unique feel. Knowing the different types of finishes can really make your project pop!

Natural Stone Finish

Flamed Finish

A flamed finish is achieved by heating the surface of the stone to extreme temperatures, followed by rapid cooling. The surface of the stone pops and chips leaving a rough, unrefined texture. This process is usually done with granite. Flamed granite has a highly textured surface, making it ideal for areas where slip resistance might be a concern, like shower areas.

Honed Finish

A honed surface provides a flat, matte or satin finish creating a more informal and softer look. This finish is created by stopping short of the last stage of polishing. A honed finish shows fewer scratches, and requires very little maintenance.

Brushed Finish

Brushed features a worn-down look achieved by brushing the surface of the stone, simulating natural wear over time.

Polished Surface Finish

A polished surface creates a beautiful glossy shine from the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals. The mirror-like shine is accomplished by using progressively finer polishing heads during the polishing process, similar to the way that sandpaper smoothes hardwood furniture.