Polished granite has a really shiny, glossy finish to it. This option is really common for countertops due to the polished look brings out a wide range of colors that complement the design of most kitchens and bathrooms.
After polishing the stone, it becomes a little darker, and the colors more vibrant. The granite surface becomes somewhat reflective. It’s an elegant look, and due to many color options, granite can easily match any design style.
Granite is commonly polished by the fabricator before the installation process, but it can be re-polished after installation. Re-polishing is recommended every 5-10 years, depending on the amount the stone is used, and if any damage does occurs. Some homeowners re-polish their countertops with a speed buffer, however, it is a bit of an art, and many people opt to hire a countertop expert to refinish the stone.
Honed granite is simply the opposite of polished granite. This finish has very limited shine; it’s more of a satin or matte look. Honed granite isn’t typically as dark as polished, and there is a lot less contrast in the stone’s colors.
While this finish still provides the elegance and class that people tend to look for in granite, it is subtle compared to the polished option.
Technically, all granite is polished, as the stone’s surface is really rough when it is extracted from the earth. Honed granite on the other hand, does not go through as much, or as fine buffing and grinding as polished granite. Both finishes are smooth and flat to the touch.
WHICH FINISH IS BEST?
When speaking of durability and maintenance, there isn’t a huge difference between the two. Both stones are extremely strong, and scratch resistant. Honed granite is more porous in comparison; therefore it can require slightly more frequent sealing (depending on usage). Polished finishes are more prone to show blemishes, because the gloss will wear down in damaged areas. Though, with proper care and maintenance, both finishes are great choices for a kitchen or bath.
A great number of homeowners choose between honed and polished granite based strictly on their design preference. Polished is the default option, However, homes with a more subtle or rustic aesthetic, a honed surface could be a better match.
If you would like to see the difference between these two finishes in person, visit our showroom Atasehir Istanbul.