The most common surface finishes available are polished, matt/honed and textured.
Polished: A polished finish is created when a stone surface reaches its most refined stage where it is buffed to the highest level possible. This results in 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.
Matt/Honed: This finish is created by buffing the stone to slightly less than the highest level. The result is a smooth but dull appearance. A honed finish refers to any level that is less than polished and therefore encompasses many levels of dullness.
Textured: Usually available with natural stone in either ‘Leathered’ or ‘Flamed’ finish.
A leather finish offers texture to a granite or marble surface. At the same time, it also amplifies the natural characteristics of the stone, 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.
A flamed finish is produced when an intense flame is fired at the stone, causing the surface to burst and become rough. A flamed finish is usually available with granites and certain hard limestones.