After you have decided to install natural stone countertops, selecting the type of finish you want for them is just as important as the type of stone you’ve chosen.
The different types of finish give different appearances, changing and transforming your room in different ways.
It is important for you to know how each different finish feels and looks as well as how they will complement your decor while changing the appearance of your natural stone.
When the majority of people think about natural stone countertops made out of marble or granite, they think of a highly polished, shiny, mirror-like surface. A polished finish provides that high-gloss appearance, illuminating the stone’s hue and natural variations.
When you see new natural stone countertops that appear as if they have natural wear on their surfaces, they have an antiqued or brushed finish.
These counters have a textured feel to them but are still just as stain-resistant as polished or honed finishes when you have them professionally sealed.
Using the application of intense heat, we can provide flamed finishes if you’d like. A flamed finish results in a rougher texture, and it is most frequently chosen for outdoor projects.
Flamed finishes provide very strong exterior protection to the natural stone, making them ideal for outdoors because they are better able to withstand weather.
Honed finishes give the smoothness of polished finishes but are softer and less shiny. This gives them an appearance that is more informal and traditional. The matte appearance of a honed finish isn’t as glossy as a polished one.
A leathered finish provides yet another appearance and feel to your countertops. They combine the feel of a brushed finish with the look of a honed finish. They are smooth in texture.
Whether your chosen stone can be honed or polished will depend on what type it is. Not all are able to be finished in those ways. It is important for you to take your time when selecting your finish. After the finish you have chosen is applied, it can be very expensive to change it later.
To see the different types of natural stones we have for your countertops as well as the different finishes, stop by our showroom today. You can also reach us by calling (908) 782-7773 or completing our contact form, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and schedule a consultation.