Most Common Finishes: What is the difference?
The process of leather finish, also known as brushed finish; leaves the stone with a silky texture, often described as a “pebbly” feel. Although it can be different levels of texture. High quality equipment is used to achieve this surface type by using diamond tipped brushes to chip away and get a matte, undulating texture. A leather finish blocks the pores which makes the colors of the stone stand out. While a leathered finish does not have a reflective finish, it does enhance the natural qualities of the natural stone, especially for granites and other darker stones with a non-uniform structure. Leathered texturing on natural stone imparts a rustic, inviting warmth to any space. Leathered surfaces still need to be sealed, with a proper seal that will not change the original characteristics of the stone. Leathered finish can be a great choice for an outdoor application such as bar tops,and BBQ areas among others.
When it comes to deciding which finish you would like it is important to remember that there are no wrong choices! This decision is all about what works best for you and your space.
The Silky Texture of a Leathered, or Brushed, Finish