1.Q.IS NATURAL STONE A GOOD CHOICE FOR HOME USE?
A.YES. Natural stone is a terrific (not to mention beautiful) material to
use in all areas of your home. Knowing the different types of stone,
their finishes and applications will help you to make an informed
decision on which stone is the best for your project.
2.Q.CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENT FINISHES FOR STONE?
A.There are many finishes and stone countertops near me options available. Here are the most
Polished – A high gloss surface.
Honed – Smooth with squared edges and without a polished
Tumbled – Lightly tumbled to achieve rounded edges and a
surface that is not as smooth as honed.
Antique Tumbled – Medium tumble edges and surface to achieve a
slight rustic look.
Cobbled or Distressed – Heavily tumbled edges and surface to
achieve an aged or ancient look.
Brushed – Acid washed and wire brushed for a smooth textured
Flamed – Blow torched for a rough textured surface.
3.Q.DOESN’T STONE STAIN? I DON’T WANT STAINS!
A.YES. All natural stone can stain and etch (a dull spot in a polished or
honed surface), including GRANITES. Sealers DO NOT prevent
staining as they are a moisture barrier only, yet they will help to give
you a small amount of time to wipe up spills. It is nearly impossible to
prevent staining or etching, but serious stains can be almost
completely removed and any etching can be resurfaced if either is
truly bothersome to you. To help keep a perspective on choosing to
use natural stone, remember the following:
1.For centuries, many European countries have used
natural stone from floor to ceiling, inside and out. The
stone becomes stained, cracked, pitted…and that is why
we love it! These characteristics only make it that much
more beautiful. (Only we Americans get uptight about