When it comes to countertop selection for kitchens, the most popular choice is still, and will probably always be, granite. Granite stands up to heat, can be treated with new sealers that make it almost maintenance-free, and will essentially last a lifetime.
Let’s face it, when you think of countertops, the first thought is probably granite. However, most of our clients are looking for something a little more unique.
These days, there are literally thousands of stones available. When a client is selecting their countertop, they’re typically looking only at color and pattern. Nowadays, you have options for the surface texture and sheen of your stone, as well.
These are some of the more popular finishes you can see at your local fabricator or one of our showrooms.
Honed granite has a matte finish. This surface is smooth and the stone is less vibrant than polished stone. Stone enhancer can be used on honed to bring the color back out. Honed finish is probably second most popular to polished.
Flamed granite has a rougher surface created by the use of intense heat. During fabrication, the stone is heated and the crystals begin to pop and form a rough surface. This is a less available option and the rough texture can make cleaning more difficult, so it’s not for everyone.
Second to honed, leather granite is probably the third most popular texture for granite countertops. The texture is created using a series of wire brushes on the stone. The softer the stone is, the deeper the texture will be.