In the beginning, all of your household stone surfaces basically start off the same. Whether it’s granite or marble, after the stone is excavated the slabs are cut and then sent through a grinding, polishing and buffing process to obtain the desired finish on the “face of the stone”. Now it’s your choice: polished or honed?
Polished Natural Stone
Polished natural stone is a thing of beauty. The glossy mirror-like finish accentuates the natural colour and crystal of the stone. The high gloss polished finish seals off more of the pores in the stone and helps it repel moisture. Your stonework still needs to be sealed which will only add to its durability. These attributes are what make a gorgeous granite counter tops the crown jewel of your kitchen.
Honed Natural Stone
Honed stone requires less grinding and buffing to produce its desired smoothness. The finish gives the stone a matte finish rather than a glossy one. This is ideal for floors and staircases or any surface where water could be present as it offers more traction. Honed stone tends to show less of the etch marking and staining which comes with soft stones, however, it must be sealed more frequently to preserve the finish. Polished stone will show more wear in high-traffic areas whereas honed stone helps to hide wear.
Everyone’s natural stone needs are different and the wide variety of materials available help to make your project uniquely you. With the expertise of your stonemason and local fabricator, you will be able to design the perfect combination of beautiful natural stones and finishes for you to enjoy for many years.