There are many different choices when it comes to what type of natural stone can be chosen for countertops. It is important to remember that each stone works best in certain environments. A space that works great for marble, might not work as well for granite. It is so important to figure out the exact stone for each space.
Homeowners can choose options like granite, marble, quartzite, slate, soapstone, travertine and many others. Though the initial choosing of the natural stone is super important, the other element that affects the way it looks is the finish.
Oftentimes you see natural stone with a polished and shiny finish, but did you know that there are actually several options when it comes to finishing your stone?
Polished stone is the most popular finish when it comes to countertops. This is typically what you picture when you think of granite, marble or other natural stone countertops. A polished finish is achieved by using industrial diamonds with a high grit. This will create a shiny, polished finish to the stone.
The abrasion of the diamond works to remove just a bit of the surface of the stone in order to move past any etches or scratches and then the stone is polished. This grinding process is done with the use of water in order to contain any dust during the finishing process.
A honed finish basically consists of a smooth matte or satin finish. It is not as popular as a polished natural stone finish, but it can create a beautiful look. Oftentimes this type of finish is done on flooring. It is a great choice if you don’t want to have that full polished look and want your space to feel a bit contemporary.
This flooring option is ideal for spaces that are indoors and are a bit easier to clean than surfaces that contain more texture. This finish is simple and creates a practical surface for almost any space. Because the surface is already matte, any scratches or etches will likely be more camouflage and less easy to notice than with a polished finish.
Another natural stone finish that can create a beautiful space is a brushed finish. This is similar to honed in that it is a matte or satin finish, but it adds a bit more texture. This finish is accomplished by using a steel comb to brush the surface and enhance the natural color all while adding texture. Instead of a contemporary look that you get with honed, this will give you more of a natural, authentic look. It is great for a smoother stone that you want to give a bit of a rustic feel to.
Choosing your natural stone is the most important part of choosing your countertops, but choosing your natural stone finish should also be at the top of your list! If you need help sorting through your options and picking the perfect stone and finish for your or a client’s space, give us a call today!