Natural Stones are quarried from the earth as solid blocks, and are cut into slabs to suit interior and exterior application. Before stones are applied, the surface is processed in many different ways to create different type of finishes and looks. We are covering seven exquisite finishes here in this post.
1. Leathered :
Leathering is the process of texturing granite or marble to appear less glossy. This process amplifies the natural characteristics of granite or marble . It is easy to clean and maintain, as well as, pleasing to the touch – a perfect balance between style and practicality. A leathered countertop is a fresh and innovative way of adding a subtle elegance to your decor. This texture is smooth and slip-resistant .
2. Sandblasted :
In sandblasting, a high-pressure jet of siliceous sand or steel shots is applied to the area to be treated. This treatment produces a smooth abrasion, leaving the material with a slightly scratched (but not rugged) surface. The colour tones and the veins are slightly dulled. This is a rough, but tidy look created by applying a high pressure blast of sand to the stone’s surface.
3. Vintage :
The vintage finish blends in well with both modern and antique designs and its appearance is both attractive and durable. The resulting patina finish is highly recommended for kitchen environments.
4. Natural Cleft :
Natural Cleft is unique to slate & sandstones, it has a slightly uneven surface that is still usable for flooring. This finish cannot be created, but occurs naturally as the layers are quarried. One side (back side) can be gauged to facilitate ease of “thin set” installation. Some marbles, granites and limestones are available with heavy clef ting, suitable for wall installations or paving purposes only.
5. Honed :
Honed finishes are not reflective. They are satin smooth surface with little light reflection. This finish is often used on walking surfaces and other areas where heavy traffic would wear off a polished finish. Honed finishes are used in interior wall covering. It can also used on the exterior in warm environment , table tops, very light duty residential flooring, etc. A smooth matt to light shine surface finish (depending on the stone). Created using different grades of abrasives under factory conditions, honed stone is the most commonly used and recommended internal floor finish. It encompasses many levels of dullness.
6. Polished :
A polished finish is created when a stone surface reaches it’s most refined stage. It is buffed to the highest level possible, and the results are either a high shine or the actual highest level of shine that can be achieved naturally. This finish gives the stone a very elegant and rich look, providing it with a pinnacle depth of colour. Polishing can be done only on crystallized stones. A polished finish doesn’t affect the porosity of the stone. A polished finish is quite popular as it enhances the color and markings of the material. A stone with a polished finish is very smooth and reflective .
7. Flamed :
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. A flamed finish is one of the most popular finishes for external use where slip resistance is a concern .
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