Which Granite Finish Is Best?

granite tileGranite is one of the hardest stones in the world and has been used for centuries in buildings and structures that still can be enjoyed today. It is incredibly durable and indifferent to freeze-thaw cycles, making it a good choice for outdoor applications. That same durability enables granite to be used indoors in many places.

Granite is usually seen in a shiny (polished) finish that is glass-like, the matte (honed) finish that is non-reflective, or a textured style of finish that is brushed or flamed. Usually the back and sides of granite tiles or slabs retain the saw strokes used to cut the stone from the body of rock it comes from.

The “best” granite finish is the finish that works for the application site:

  • Polished surface – indoor floors and walls, counter and vanity tops, and decorative items. These places are not going to be affected by the glass-like finish as long as you are careful about the floor being wet because it will be slippery!
  • Honed surface – floors that get high traffic, like commercial sites, bathrooms, or sidewalks. It works well in family mud rooms and entries, too.
  • Flamed or Brushed surface – usually this is seen outdoors, on decks and pavements, curbs, benches, etc. It is less slippery, even when wet, but can be challenging to keep as clean as an indoor floor might need to be.

Éco Dépôt carries many different types and styles of granite tile flooring. When you come in to one of our Montreal showrooms to select tile for your project, discuss the use and location where the tile will be installed with one of our expert advisors. They will help you determine the best finish for your granite tile application.