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What are the different types of stone finishes?

Updated: Nov 3, 2020


When you are picking your countertop material choosing the right stone finish for your project can be overwhelming. It is such an important part of your process, since it influences directly on the appearance, durability and how much maintenance your stone is going to require.


Continue reading to learn about some of the most popular stone finishes and how to maintain their appeal.


POLISHED STONE FINISH


A polished finish is created by grinding down the surface of the material using fine abrasives until it results in a natural shine. This enables the countertop to reflect light, giving it a glossy appearance.


The polished finish enhances the properties and color of natural stone surfaces. Light reflecting surfaces enhance small spaces by amplifying light and making the space look bigger. They also have a rich appearance to them that works well in many formal and traditional-style homes.


Polished stone finishes require regular re-sealing to maintain their elegant glossy look.


HONED STONE FINISH


Honed countertops have an a more organic appearance. This finish is soft, and has a matte finish that feels like satin to the touch. Honed materials will be visibly lighter in color, so keep that in mind.


It is recommended for a more rustic looking décor, because of its less formal aesthetic. This is a popular finish choice for both granite and marble, especially stone that has high-contrast veining that won’t be hidden by the matte finish.


Honed surfaces are, however, very porous, they require resealing with a penetrating sealer to prevent and delay staining.


LEATHER OR SUEDE FINISH


Leather and suede textured countertops are sort of the step up from honed counters. This finish style isn’t quite as matte as a honed counter, but it still doesn’t have the gloss of polished stone, either.


As a bridge between matte and gloss finishes, leather textures are more of a satin finish. Typically, leather finishes are created by brushing the finish on a honed counter, which gives it the soft look and feel of suede.


A leathered stone finish is good at hiding fingerprints, water spots, and smudges. It is more stain- and slip-resistant and requires minimal maintenance.



BRUSHED FINISH


In order to create a brushed finish, fabricators gently brush the material's surface until it becomes textured. Like the honed finish, brushed countertops dilutes the color of the material making it appear lighter in color.


A brushed finish typically has no sheen to it. This finish is suitable for outdoor use, the texture will provide a bit of traction for application around surfaces that will be wet or exposed to the components. Though not recommended for kitchen and bathrooms countertops, because of its porosity, it is also applicable to tops for a rustic look.


Brushed finishes also require frequent sealing. They most likely to become stained when they aren’t properly sealed or maintained. Dust and debris tend to accumulate in the uneven surface of brushed finish. So it needs more cleaning and maintenance.




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