Using Textured Stone

The topic of Using Textured Stone is always a good one to bring to the table. Most consumers, and homeowners in general, think of the polished finished first. Certainly, this is understandable since polished is perhaps the most used stone finish.

Among the most popular textured stones, sandblasted finish, or flamed finish is very popular.  These textures create a less slippery finish which is perfect for outdoors.  Especially around pool decks, these finishes create the best surface.  Matching pool coping pieces are available as well.  In addition, these surfaces are easy to maintain and keep clean. Textured marble wears well and its surface maintains functionality.

Using Textured Stone
Polished Marble

A perfect example of polished stone is the spectacular marble in the image above. Polished marble always brings a level of sophistication to any space. The reflective values of this finish allow for a light-filled room to become even brighter and more visually brilliant.

Line textured marble is another texture that is common.  Cutting machines called bridge saws score lines to the surface of marble and then these ridges are hand chiseled. End result is a fantastic balance of nature and beauty. You can use these pieces on top of fireplaces or other decorative walls.

Of course, the most famous textured stone is tumbled stone.  Tumbled stone was made from scrap pieces after processing them in cement mixers. Later on, the process improved and tumbled stone was more properly made in giant tumblers.  Tumbled stone is perfect for pool decks tiling or shower floors. It is smooth yet not slippery.

The very top of the post features an example of textured stone. While textured stone has many interesting features, none is more significant than the ability to be used outdoors.

There are two natural stone finishes and how to use them. Thanks for reading.