Natural stone is a beautiful addition to any home. If you are building or remodeling your home you may be considering putting some natural stone in it. When you start looking at natural stone many people are drawn to marble. Marble comes in so many different colors that it can go without any type of style that you choose for your house. As you start looking at the different colors available you may notice that the finish makes a large difference in the look of the marble. You can choose honed or polished marble for you home. But do you even know what that means?
Look of Polished VS Honed Marble
Most people just know the difference in how honed and polished marble looks but they do not actually know the vocabulary to name it. Polished marble has a glossy surface that reflects light. The natural color and vein of the stone is emphasized when you choose polished marble. Polished marble allows the color of the marble to its fullest because of the reflection of the light. In contrast honed marble has a satin, smooth surface that only reflects the light a very small amount. The marble will be more flat and the color will appear lighter. Marble can be honed light to heavy amounts.
Marble Polishing & Crystallization Procedure
The process for finishing a piece of marble is different depending on what type of finish you choose. Marble is formed from the recrystallization of limestone. To polish a piece of marble you start first with grinding the stone. Next the stone is sanded and buffed before being cut. Marble suppliers polish and cut the marble before they ship it to home improvement stores. Polished marble has a high-gloss sheen that keeps its luster if it is properly maintained.
Marble Honing Method
Honed marble also starts with a sanding process. After it is sanded the marble is not buffed like it is with polished marble. Since it is not buffed it maintains a smooth, satin surface without reflection. This makes honed marble more porous than polished marble. This makes it so that you will want to seal it frequently.
Best Stain & Scratch Resistant Marble Finish
Many people will consider how stain and scratch resistant they would like the marble to be. If you do not want the scratches and etches in the marble to be as noticeable you will want to consider a honed finish. If you select a polished finish marble any scratches or etches will leave behind a dull, matte mark that will contrast with your polished finish on the rest of the marble. Both polished and honed marble is stain resistant if it is properly sealed though.
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So how do you decide what one you prefer? The choice is genuinely personal preference. Any type of marble can help you create the look that you want for your house. The deciding factor is what look you are trying to create. No matter what type of marble finish you end up selecting you will want to make sure that it is properly cleaned and maintained. Here at Silver State Floor Restoration we offer sealing and cleaning services for marble in your home. We can come out and get your marble looking just like the day you installed it. Contact us today!