Natural stones come in a variety of surface finishes. Stone properties and project requirements play a vital role in choosing the right finish for the stone and application. In fact, the ornamental function and also some technical characteristics are strongly influenced by the surface finishing applied to the product. At this time, ARTA can present three surface finishes according the following lines.
Polishing is the main and most frequently applied finish. Polished finish results in a shiny, smooth surface. A polished finish on the stone has a glossy surface that reflects light and emphasizes the color and marking of the material. This is the most common finish for marble, and somewhat has become popular for travertine recently. Both filled and unfilled travertine can be polished, although the filled and polished finish is more popular than unfilled and polished. In other word, just as with marbles and polished limestone, travertine is normally only used for special applications such as bathroom and kitchen flooring. This finish gives the stone a very elegant and rich look, providing it with a pinnacle depth of color.
In one word, polished finishing is a glossy surface which brings out the full color and character of the stone.
Honed finish results in a matte, satin like and smooth finish. This is the most popular finish for travertine and limestone, and can be applied to marble as well. Honing brings out the natural colors and variations of the stone as well, but in a more subtle way compared to the polished look. The honed finish is not reflective and makes the color tones slightly dull, but the treatment preserves the material’s natural esthetic characteristics. In fact, this gives any stone a less glossy and more matte finish. Honing provides a less slippery surface compared to polishing. This makes honed finish the preferred choice in some flooring and outdoor applications.
In one word, a satin smooth surface finishes with little or no gloss. This is recommended for commercial floors.
Brushed Finish (Leather)
Brushed finish is a result of a brushing process that leaves the stone with an aged but still smooth, more structured look. In fact, a leather finish is obtained by a process of brushing the slab with a range of brushes; the result is a slightly modulated surface that is very soft and smooth to the touch. Brushing exposes the hardness differences on the stone surface and results in a gentle embossed look. Only a few materials are sourced with this finish.
In one word, a mechanical process which produces textured surfaces and ideal for indoor and outdoor.