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!
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.
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 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.