What are the types of stone finishes?
The most common types of stone finishes include:
Grinding, sanding and buffing produces a high gloss, mirror-like surface.
Grinding and sanding produces a smooth, yet not flossy finish. This is the best for low maintenance, high traffic applications.
A flamed surface is achieved by subjecting the stone to the high temperature flame of a torch and burning most of the carbon content, leaving texturized quartzite with gentle coloration.
Tumbling stones in a solution of sand, water and mild acid creates an old world, weathered look.
Mainly used for cladding, this is achieved by splitting stone either by hand or by machine so that the surface exhibits a natural quarry texture. It has a flat back and uneven front surface, and creates the uneven look of protruding bricks.
The cross cut method involves end-cutting blocks of travertine to display a less linear, more rounded wavy pattern.
Opposite of cross cutting, the veining of the stone is shown as a linear pattern.