More often than not, homeowners often pick granite countertops whenever they’re getting their kitchen or bathroom remodeled. The natural stone isn’t just affordable but it can also be attractive, durable and functional at the same time. With that in mind, since it’s such a popular material, experts also recommend that you learn everything you can about it such as the finishes often used on the material.
In this article, traditional kitchen design experts The Kitchen Store gives you a guide to the common finishes often used on natural stone.
The polished finish is the most common and well-known finish used on granite countertops and its glossy, reflective shine is often achieved by using fine polishing pads to buff the stone. With this finish, your counter is given a smoother feel while enhancing the original colors at the same time by making them richer and darker. It also seals the pores of the granite to make it repel water and moisture much better. Apart from that, a polished finish also helps your granite counter beautifully reflect natural light, making it great for smaller spaces.
According to kitchen remodeling contractors, the honed finish is the second popular finish used on stone counters. When you opt for a honed finish, you can choose either a matte or flat finish but since this is a finish that’s achieved when manufacturers stop the finishing process before the stone is buffed, it’ll have little to no sheen at all. However, it’s thanks to this that it achieves a velvety texture and softer look, creating a more casual and cozy vibe that’s suitable for lighter colors. If you opt for this finish, keep in mind that you need to be extra cautious as they demand higher maintenance and are more susceptible to stains than other finishes.
The leathered finish is one of the most newer finishes on the market and achieving this finish can be fairly complicated. First, a honed finish will be created then the granite slab will be textured with diamond-tipped brushes to create small dimples in the stone. Once achieved, however, a leathered finish can provide your counter with a sophisticated look that’s perfect for darker colors since the natural color is allowed to remain and won’t fade from the process. Apart from that, it can also resist stains and hide water spots and smears.
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