Polished is the most popular type of finish and it’s achieved by applying abrasive treatments repeatedly on the stone surface. It is usually used indoor highlighting the structure, texture and color of the natural stone.
This finish is smooth and shiny sealing the microscopic pores on the surface making it easy to clean and care for.
Brushed is a form of finishing obtained by applying plastic or metal brushes to the stone surface.
This process wears out the surface, making it non-slippery, giving the stone an old look.
Flamed finish is created by exposing the surface of the stone to high temperatures followed by a cold jet of water.
The result is a rough, porous and non-slippery surface. Flaming works well on granite and is suitable for indoor and outdoor floors and pavements.
Tumbled is a method of aging stone using sand and water. The result is a soft and lightly textured surface that gives appearance of aged stone.
Honed is a form of finishing achieved by applying same abrasive treatment used in polished finish, without the resultant shine.
The process aims to produce a porous and matte surface that gives a rustic look.
Bush-hammered is the oldest form of finishing that is achieved by hammering the surface of the stone with a masonry tool.
This process creates a rough non-slippery surface with evenly distributed craters. This finish is best suited for high traffic areas.
Split face is a term used to describe any material that has been broken or breached to expose a rougher surface.
Vein cut – type of slab cutting parallel to the natural bedding plane, characterised by dark lines on the surface of the rock.
Cross cut – signifies that the blocks were cut to a 90 degree angle to the vein cut, characterised by colors displaying the cross section of the stone.
Chiseled Edge – an uneven edge that has an old and lumpy look, produced by mechanically chipping the stone edge with a spacial tool.
Filling – is a term used to indicate the process of filling the natural voids in a porous stone surface by applying resin, cement or similar materials.