TYPES OF FINISHES


Marble Finish Types

A stone’s natural appearance can be altered by applying any of the various types of surface finishes. The type of treatment used on a stone dictates its final color, texture, durability, and porosity. There are several finish options to best suit your design preference and décor. From the high sheen new look of polished stone to the finish of tumbled and antique stone for the illusion of aged stone; Trust Marmar has many different natural stone finishes to fit your needs:


Polished

The smoothest and most reflective among all types of surface treatments Brings out the full color and highlights the character of the material It's shiny, mirror-like finish resulting from filling the pores of the rough saw-cut surface through treating and grinding the surface using some polishing abrasive stones Marble slabs are polished which progressively grind the rough saw-cut surface giving it a spectacular mirror-like finish Polished finish brings out the full color and character of the stone Applications: Ideal for indoor applications, like kitchen countertops, vanity tops, entrances, and lobbies


Honed (Matte)

Honed finish has a matte or satin finish for a softer, more subdued look, achieved by filling the pores of the rough saw-cut surface through treating and grinding the surface using some polishing abrasive stones stopping just short of the last stage of polishing. Honing fades out the color while maintaining the stone’s natural look Has the same durability of a traditional polished finish, but requires more frequent resealing Highly susceptible to fingerprints and watermarks, which are quickly noticeable to the naked eye. Applications: Honed is good choice for flooring, stair treads, thresholds and other high traffic areas which would wear out a polished finished. Preferred finish for locations where the presence of water might make a polished finish too slippery.


Antiqued

Acid washed to create the tumbling effect, and then brushed to "smooth" the surface. This finish gives the illusion of reclaimed material with a rich history and character. It also adds another dimension of depth to the stone Applications: the best application flooring in an entryway.

Brushed

Brushed finish is obtained by applying hard plastic or metal brushes to the stone surface. The heavily action removes the softer part of the stone and wears out the surface, giving it a look similar to that of antique finishing. Applications: the best application flooring in an entryway.

Satin

Buffing heads run over the surface to create a smooth and subtle texture, similar to a honed surface, but slightly less uniform. The end texture has a slightly weathered texture. Applications: Stain is good choice for flooring, stair treads, thresholds and other high traffic areas which would wear out a polished finished

Bush hammered

Bush hammering will “grey out” or fade the color of the stone to an even greater extent than honing. This finish is rougher than leathering and more uniform. This finish can be done to most granite as the properties are harder Application: Exterior and public areas where anti-slippery is on concern. Bush hammered surfaces can be seen in many areas, such as coverings, flooring, and garden decoration.

Split Face

Split face surfaces are those which are left natural after manual splitting of Stone along planar surfaces. This finish shows the actual natural earthy tone of the Stone Applications: Wall Cladding - Interior & Exterior

Flamed

Flamed is the process when an intense flame is fired at the stone which causes the surface of the stone to burst and become rough applications where slip resistance is extremely important Applications: Deeply textured surface ideal for outdoor applications where slip resistance is required. Flamed stone is a good choice for outdoor use-such as a patio or walkway. It's applicable only on granite.

Tumbled

A slightly rough texture that is achieved by tumbling small pieces of marble, limestone, and sometimes granite to achieve an archaic/worn appearance. This process of involves acidic based chemicals at the factory level and/or the use of a tumbling machine that "antiques" the stone to give the appearance of a weathered, antique look in the stone, with softened edges. Applications: Tumbled finish is ideal for a country rustic look, walls and floors, both interior and exterior.

Sand Blasted

In sandblasting, a high-pressure jet of siliceous sand or steel shots is applied to the area to be treated. It produces a smooth abrasion, leaving the material slightly scratched on the surface, but not rugged. The color tones and the veins are a bit dulled Application: It is usually recommended for decorative use only, or specific theme or style which tells an ancient story/backdrop.