As you search for your new countertop, you might think that getting it from a big box store is cheaper and more convenient. However, there are far greater benefits to gain when you work with a local fabricator.
Just as important as it is to choose a material that suits the function of a particular project, it’s equally important to select the appropriate finish for the material. When it comes to natural stone, the finishes can make your stone countertop more durable,
In this guide, we’ll break down different natural stone finishes and their unique benefits to keep in mind when choosing a natural stone countertop!
The polished finish is the easiest surface to clean; it is easy to keep countertops with a polished finish looking brand new as well. It makes the surface of the granite countertop glossy and almost mirror-like. With a polished finish, the characteristics of the stone are highlighted. The colors and textures will be more vibrant.
Honed granite finishes give off a soft, satiny look. While it is more porous than polished granite and, therefore, more prone to staining, unlike polished granite it doesn’t show scratches easily. This makes it a popular choice for homeowners looking to give off a casual feel to their homes.
In general, a textured finish is one that’s rough or uneven. One definite “pro” of choosing textured stone is that it’s slip resistance. It’s also a great way to add a distinctive personality to a project. Here are few of the most common types of textured finishes:
- Chiseled: Looking somewhat like the texture of linen, chiseling creates fine grooves positioned closely together and parallel to the edges.
- Brushed: This finish is obtained by brushing the stone with a coarse rotary-type wire brush.
- Antique: Antique finish replicates rusticated or distressed textures. This finish is produced through chemical or mechanical means to simulate naturally occurring effects of the aging process.
- Flamed: The stone is subjected to the high temperatures of a flame or torch, burning off most of the carbon content. What’s left behind is textured quartzite with very gentle colorations. Flamed finishes are popular for outdoor use where slip resistance is an issue.
- Bush Hammered: To achieve this industrial-style look, a hydraulic bush is hammered into the surface of the stone. It creates a large number of close and small indents. The result is an evenly textured surface that’s ideal for non-slip characteristics in high-traffic applications.
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