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The differences between various stone surface finishes

Polished stone has a glossy, reflective surface that brings out the stronger colors of a stone.

Choosing natural stone can be an exciting period during the construction (or renovation) of your home. The sheer amount of choice available can make you feel like a kid in a candy store!

However, the variety of finishes can be a little confusing, especially if this is your first time working with stone. Here is a brief rundown of the various types of finish available:


Polished stone has a glossy, reflective surface that brings out the stronger colors of a stone. These are often used for countertops due to how relatively easy they are to clean compared to more textured, rough stone styles.

They also tend to be slightly more resistant to moisture out of the box, as the amount of polishing they undergo tends to close up many of the surface’s pores. However, it is still recommended  that you take the time to seal the material for added surface protection.


While still refined, these stone surfaces could be described as matte when compared to the reflective, shiny finish of a polished stone.

While still relatively smooth, they’re not as glossy or gleaming as polished surface finishes.


These surfaces are rougher and bumpier than either the polished or honed stones due to the torching process used to create them, which involves very high temperatures.

This exposes the darker crystals underneath the surface, and is a popular option for outdoor application where a degree of slip-resistance is sought after.

Regardless of the type of stone surface you choose, sealing it is always an important part of of installing these materials into your home. From STAIN-PROOF Plus to DRY-TREAT 40SK, Dry-Treat has a number of options for you to choose from.

While some stones may be more or less resistant to moisture, applying an impregnating sealer will help to prolong the life of your natural stone, retaining your home’s aesthetic for years to come.

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