Textures & Finishes
There is more to just choosing which slab you want for your kitchen countertops. One of those choices is what texture you want in your countertop or floor. Your finish on your countertop says a lot about yourself. You can have it flamed brushed and feel the texture of the stone or you can have a sleek polished look that is smooth to the touch. Even though choosing your countertop finish is a personal preference, it is more than just picking an texture for beauty. The finish you choose can have a big impact on cleaning and how you choose to coat/seal your countertop.
A polished finish brings out the richness of the color as well as the true character of the stone and allows its natural beauty to show through. It results in a highly reflective, mirror-like surface that makes the kitchen or bathroom appear more spacious than it is, and adds luxury and elegance to the interior décor.
Polished finishes are less porous than other types of countertop finishes and make for smooth, hygienic, and easy-to-maintain surfaces which are perfect for meal preparation areas.
“Leathering” is the process of texturing granite or marble to appear less glossy. This process amplifies the natural characteristics of granite or marble, resulting in an exquisite surface. 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.
To create granite with a honed finish, manufacturers use coarser abrasives and stop grinding the stone before its surface becomes shiny, leaving it with a satin or matte appearance.
Because honed granite is not reflective and shiny like a polished stone, it will not show all of the color and texture of the granite stone as well as a polished finish will. However, some homeowners prefer this more subtle appearance over the glossiness of polished granite.
To create a brushed finish, manufacturers gently brush the granite’s surface until it becomes textured and appears worn-in. Because of the brushing process, granite countertops with this finish are more porous in comparison to glossy polished slab. Like a honed finish, a brushed finish dilutes the colors slightly.
A bush-hammered and brushed effect is obtained by pounding the material surface mechanically or by hand with a specific multi-pointed tool. This method creates a rugged surface full of little grazes at the impact points, giving the surface a lighter colour. The surface becomes non-slip. This technique has been replaced by flaming and pressure water finishing which is a quicker and less expensive process.
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.
Antiqued and Tumbled
Natural stone that has been Antiqued by tumbling provides a rustic charm. Originally as the name suggests tumbling involves passing the stone through a rotating drum that makes the slabs strike each other therefore losing corners and edges and softening the lines of the stone.