When it comes to countertops, granite is one of the most popular materials available. Granite countertops visually appealing, durable, sanitary and easy to clean. With so many benefits, it is often easy to choose going with granite over other materials.
Granite countertops come in a variety of surface finishes, and the number of options can be confusing. Most popular granite finishes are Polished, Honed and Brushed.
To create polished granite, manufacturers grind the stone using very fine abrasives until it acquires a shiny, reflective appearance. A polished finish also allows all of the natural color and beauty of the granite to show through, making it a popular choice among homeowners.
To create granite with a honed finish, manufacturers use coarser abrasives and stop grinding the stone before its surface becomes shiny, leaving it with a satin or matte appearance. A honed granite countertop will be more porous than a polished granite countertop, which means that more frequent sealing will be necessary.
To create a brushed finish, manufacturers gently brush the granite's surface until it becomes textured and appears worn-in. Because of the brushing process, granite countertops with this finish are more porous in comparison to glossy polished granite. Like a honed finish, a brushed finish dilutes the color of the granite.
Choosing the right finish for your granite countertops depends on both the intended use of the countertop and your personal design preferences.
If you're ready to begin shopping for granite countertops, contact JSC Stone today. We have a wide range of polished granite and honed granite, as well as a few brushed granite slabs. We will be happy to help you choose the stone and finish that's best for your project.