4 Different Types of Granite Countertop Finishes

Granite countertops are one of the most common choices among homeowners, and there are plenty of reasons why.

Granite is more than just beautiful — people love granite because it is easy to clean and maintain, it’s durable and hard, and it is a high-quality material at an affordable price. Despite its popularity, many people are not aware that there are several different granite countertop finishes. These various finishes allow homeowners to truly stick to their personal aesthetic and select a look that matches their style and taste.

Learn more about the many different types of granite finishes below.

What are Granite Countertop Finishes?

When we use the word “finishes,” we’re not talking about completing your kitchen or bathroom; however, a granite counter really is the perfect finishing touch in any space. No, we’re talking about the appearance and texture of the slab of granite you select. There are many different finishes available, including polished, honed, suede, caressed, and more. From these many options, homeowners can select the finish based on their personal preference and the look they want to achieve. Let’s take a further look at some of these options:

1. POLISHED GRANITE — Shining like a mirror, the polished finish is the most common choice when it comes to granite counters — not to mention the most practical. The smooth and shiny surface allows for a quick and easy clean up. It is stain- and scratch-resistant, and, thanks to its polished finish, the vast majority of pores are sealed, which helps the stone repel moisture.

2. HONED GRANITE — A honed finish is similar to the polished look, but instead of leaving a shiny surface, it is buffed to create a low-gloss sheen and matte finish. It offers a much more casual, rustic, and natural look. The textured surface helps consider smudges and dirt.

3. SUEDE GRANITE — Suede granite, also referred to as leathered granite, is a rough-looking, matte finish. It has plenty of texture and grooves, making it a lot different from polished granite. Like its name, it has a similar look to leather or suede. Its natural look is most like an authentic natural stone. People love the suede look because it is low maintenance and hides fingerprints and other smudges well. For a unique and industrial-modern aesthetic, suede granite is a good choice. 

4. CARESSED GRANITE — If you were to mix polished granite and suede granite, you would get caressed granite. It has a textured finish with shine added. Caressed granite is low maintenance and accentuates the natural colors in the stone. This rugged finish is also more stain-resistant than leathered and honed finishes.

Contact Intermountain Stone & Marble

Whether you want polished, honed, suede, or another finish for your granite countertops in your Utah home, contact the experts at Intermountain Stone & Marble. Intermountain Stone offers only the highest quality granite countertops for our Utah customers. Granite countertops are an attractive upgrade that changes the entire atmosphere of a room and increases your home’s value at the same time. Set your Salt Lake City home apart with granite counters and contact Intermountain Stone & Marble today.

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