Everything about stone textures
Natural stone is subjected to processing that allows for obtaining adequate: shape, size and texture. There are several effects that can be achieved. We decided to describe each of them so that you know what’s behind these strange names! Enjoy your reading!
- Polished texture – it is the most popular of all textures applied to stones in stonemason’s facilities. This type of finish is used for the majority of worktops and sills. It has a characteristic mirror glow, which perfectly accentuates the colour and veining. Stone with polished texture reflects light, is ideally smooth and doesn’t absorb dirt so the cleaning is really a child’s play.
- Semi-polished texture – is a texture with matt, semi-matt or glossy finish. It is used for stairs and floorings. It accentuates the beauty of the material, but its surface is not as smooth and slippery as it is in case of polished texture.
- Honed texture – it is a coarse texture, which consists of scratches of different size and depth (usually between 0,1-1,5 mm). Without impregnation it remains matt and doesn’t bring out the colour of the stone (it remains relatively pale). It is harsh and slip-proof so it is perfect for sills, stairs, as well as for interior and exterior floorings. Honed texture can make the stone appear older, so it is a texture that delivers many interesting arrangement possibilities.
- Satin texture – it is a combination of two textures: flamed texture and brushed texture. It allows for obtaining a mildly rough surface. It brings out the colour of the material nicely. It works well in case of stair linings and wall claddings and is also used for stone tiles.
- Sandblasted texture – This texture is created by hitting the surface of the stone with a stream of sand under high pressure. It has a matt and coarse finish and doesn’t reflect light. Small holes can be observed on the surface (pinholes). It is slip-proof. Impregnation brings out the colour and allows for obtaining the effect of a “wet stone”.
- Flamed texture – open pores and 3-4 mm dents are what makes this texture unique. The dirt could easily penetrate these cavities, so impregnation is recommended. Such treatment has also other benefits: it makes the stone more resistant and brings out its colour. Flamed texture is coarse, matt and doesn’t reflect light. It is often a texture of choice for stairs and outdoor floorings.
- Stabilno texture – is created through sanding and brushing. It has got a slightly coarse finish and is resistant to mechanical damage.