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Natural stone is a unique product with each piece having its own colour, veining, hardness and strength. Choosing the right stone for a particular application is paramount and Humphries Stonemasons can talk you through the pros and cons of using different stone.
There are many different ways of dressing or finishing the surface of natural stone. Outlined here are what the various terms mean.
Tumbled or Antiqued
This is a popular finish applied to Limestone, Travertine, Basalt and marble flooring to give it the worn and lived in look. This is a really practical finish for many uses and fits with both traditional and contemporary design. Tumbled stones are durable and make beautiful and elegant non slip floors.
A leather finish is applied with abrasive brushes and gives a lovely soft textured finish to the stone. It has the added benefit of making the stone look aged.
A coarser finish than leather and is achieved by first breaking the surface of the stone using intense heat and then brushing the surface with abrasive brushes. Creates a more rustic look and can also help to improve the slip resistance of stone flooring.
A polished finish is achieved using increasingly finer and finer abrasives until the stone has a deep gloss and the surface is reflective. Not all stones will take a high polish but it is usually the easiest to keep clean.
A honed finish is achieved by polishing the stone using abrasives in the same way as for a polished finish. This is ideal for stones that cannot take a full polish or where a high gloss look is not desired.
Slate is most commonly riven as it is formed in layers and splits easily along the layers to give a beautiful, naturally textured finish.