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    Oct092011

    It’s All in the Finish: Different Types of Stone Finishes

    The final step in natural stone fabrication is the application of the surface finish. The location in which the natural stone is to be installed – flooring, countertops, etc. – usually determines the finish that will be used. Three of the most popular finishes for commercial and residential natural stone surfaces are polished, honed and flamed.

    Polished: This finish leaves a glossy surface that reflects light and emphasizes the stone’s movement or variegation. Polished finishes are typically used on walls, furniture tops and floor tiles.

    Honed Finished: A satin smooth stone surface that does not reflect much light is the result if a honed finish. Because it can stand up to the wear and tear of heavy traffic, honed finishes are commonly used on floors, stair tread and other thresholds.

    Flamed Finish: Stone’s that maintain a rough textured surface were fabricated with a flame finish. Leaving the stone with a more natural and organic look and feel, flamed finishes are usually only used on granite floor tiles.

    The finish is crucial to the stone’s appearance and performance, but can degenerate as a result of time and abrasion. Contact Stone Restoration Denver at (303) 249-7909 for honing and polishing services that will restore the original finish for a beautiful, long-lasting residential or commercial stone surface.
    Source: Marble Institute of America.
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