This is a high gloss and reflective surface finish that brings out the colors in the marble. The surface is polished with fine abrasives, with the degree of polish determined by the natural marble’s mineral elements and texture – not all natural stones can be polished. Usually recommended for floor, wall and bench top coverings, polished stones are not usually recommended as external marble flooring due to their tendency to be slippery when wet.
Smooth or Honed Finish
A smooth matte to light sheen surface finish (depending on the stone). Created using different grades of abrasives under factory conditions, honed Marble is commonly used and recommended for internal floors and kitchen bench tops.
The antique finish is achieved by acid etching the surface of the marble to produce a popular finish used often for outdoor areas but able to be used indoors. Other methods which can be used for creating an Antique look include brushing the surface finish of the marble with special diamond brushes.
A finish when natural marbles are exposed to high temperature flames whilst wet.
Finish achieved using chisels. The appearance of this type of natural marble finish can be likened to a linen texture with the fine grooves positioned closely together and parallel to the edges.
Bush Hammered Finish
A natural marble finish achieved by the application of a hydraulic bush hammer to the surface. The appearance of the bush hammered finish is industrial, with a large number of close and small indents.
This has a lightly rough texture which is easily maintained and again less sensitive to scratches. It is the process of sawing or honing and then tumbling the natural marble that gives a worn look with a natural patina from day one.
Natural Split Finish
Normally associated with Sandstones, and Limestones, a natural split finish is the finish which highlights the surface texture of the natural stone.
Diamond Sawn Finish
The natural marble is sawn using a diamond blade. The surface appearance of this marble finish shows typical saw cut markings parallel with each other in the direction taken by the saw.
The natural marble is first sawn or honed, then sandblasted resulting in an appearance that is slightly rough in texture which creates a slip resistant surface suitable for outdoors.