The stone is not necessarily an expensive material and luxurious. On average the stone is more expensive than terracotta and other coating options, but there are many types of stones, with different properties and prices.
There are many types of stone for floor coverings, walls and decor, available in a wide variety of colors and finishes: polished, chiselled, honed, brushed, crack, fallen, inflamed, etc.. But nothing compares to the beauty of the natural stone.
One of the great advantages of using stone cladding on walls, walls and facades is that the stone is a timeless and noble material, which does not degrade with the passage of time. In fact, the stone tends to improve over the years, which helps to increase the value of your home.
The stone over the centuries, was the material chosen by architects and artists to create magnificent sculptures, monuments and buildings like the Taj Mahal in India and the Greek Parthenon. Inspired by these works of antiquity, architects and designers today use the stone to add an aura of class and grandeur to any space. No stone is exactly alike, like the fingerprints. Each stone varies in color and shafts as a result of cracks filled with the minerals that are present during the formation of the stone. The subtle textures and colors of natural stone gives it a unique identity that is not possible to imitate successfully using artificial alternatives. The choice of a floor or stone façade becomes, for its durability, a good choice in the long term cost. Its combination of toughness and beauty also makes it a good choice for commercial applications lasting hundreds of years, with no maintenance required!
Other Finishes and Textures
There are several finishes available for each type of stone, the customer must choose the finish that best suits each situation.
The bushammered finish is non-slip and therefore is mainly used in flooring and exterior coatings. The bush-hammered stone, despite the rough surface, is flat enough for paving providing a very secure floor in terms of adhesion. It is noteworthy that this finish fades the color of the stone, whitening it slightly.
Being non-slip, the brushed finish is not smooth to the touch yet is fully suitable for flat paving. With a semi-rough surface, and comparatively softer than the sanded finish, the stone with a brushed finish has been widely accepted by architects for different types of work. Indeed, this finish allows the original colour of the stone to be seen, while at the same time giving it a non-slip surface.
The polished stone shows a shiny surface that highlights its color, as well as its more specific characteristics such as grain, veins, etc. Completely flat and smooth, this finish conveys the true nobility and refinement of the natural stone and reveals all its beauty and strength. The polished finish is more suitable for interiors.
The sandblast finish is non-slip, quite rough and flat enough to be suitable for flooring. Comparatively, this finish is less rough than the bushammered and more irregular to the touch than the brushed one. It also shows up the original colour of the stone more than the bushhammered, though less than the brushed.
Leather (Sanded + Brushed)
It is the combination of these two types of finish.
Produced by exposing the stone to high temperatures, it should be noted that not all stones may be flamed. The flamed finish is flat enough to be used for paving, though there will be slight irregularities and a certain amount of flaking on the surface. It is a unique finish that makes the stone non-slip while it blurs its original color.
This finish has an uneven, rough and chipped surface/texture that is not suitable for paving but rather for coatings that are intended to be more rustic and durable. In order to achieve this finish, one should consider stone with a thicker thickness, since part of this thickness will be broken with the own tools until it is approximately 3cm thick. The cleft finish is one of the most expensive finishes.
With this finish the stone has a rough and scratched texture. Unique in the effect it gives the stone, this solution requires a specific milling cutter and relatively more time for production.