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No two pieces of natural stone are ever the same, and therein lies the beauty! Each piece has natural characteristics such as color, veining and markings, as well as hardness and porosity. If you're looking for uniqueness and authenticity, nothing can provide that better than stone!
When choosing natural stone, there are several important factors to consider.
Variations: Samples may have completely different veining patterns or color variations compared to the stone installed in your home. It is best give yourself enough time to allow the showroom to order a current sample. Be aware that irregular markings, lines, veins and crystallization are not cracks or imperfections, but rather a natural part of the stone's beauty.
Hardness: Natural stone varies in hardness, which is the scratch resistance of a mineral.
Porosity: Stone is extremely dense yet also porous to prevent stains it must be sealed with a penetrating sealer. Regular maintenance and care are essential to the lifespan of your natural stone.
The most common finishes for natural stone are:
Honed: Flat to low sheen gloss. Smooth, but porous. Common for high-traffic area (kitchen, living room, etc.). Colors not as vibrant as polished.
Polished: Glossy surface that wears away in time, not best high-traffic area. Polished crystals produces vibrant, brilliant color.
Flamed: A rough, very porous surface that is developed through intense heat. During fabrication, the stone is heated up and the crystals begin to pop, thus forming a rough surface.
Tumbled: A slightly rough texture that is achieved by tumbling small pieces of marble, limestone, and sometimes granite to achieve an archaic or worn appearance.
Brushed: A rough look, similar to that of antique finishing.