Granite countertops are always high on the list of remodeling ideas, and why not? Granite is a proven surface with many distinct benefits.
When considering ease of cleaning, color choices, extensive styles, performance characteristics, as well as repair and maintenance, other materials have yet to surpass granite countertops.
Granite countertops can be finished in different ways. They can be polished, brushed, flamed or honed – each method adds a unique texture and look to the stone.
The most common is a polished finish because of two key benefits. Firstly, it will provide an elegant and distinct look. This type of finish is an especially good choice for kitchens. Secondly, granite countertops with a polished finish are easier to maintain than other finishes.
Honed finishes are becoming increasingly popular, as well, for newly installed countertops. While the finish is smooth, it's less shiny than a polished finish. The less shimmering look will give your home a more contemporary and casual feel, while still maintaining the elegance of granite.