Glossary - Finishes
Tiles or paving that have been machine cut to the same thickness within a tolerance of +/- 3mm.
Similar process to calibration but achieved through grinding to achieve a constant thickness of product.
The top surface of the piece of stone is ground down using an abrasive paste to remove the texture to produce a smooth surface. The amount of polishing achieved is determined by the “grit” of the paste used.
A finish achieved by splitting across natural layers in the stone to give a textured surface, which slightly uneven, providing greater slip resistance. AKA Riven.
A finish achieved by splitting across natural layers in the stone to give a textured surface, which slightly uneven, providing greater slip resistance. AKA Cleaved.
A stone that has a smooth machined, non-polished, matt finish.
Hewn along natural plane of lamination. See Riven.
The finishing process applied to a block of stone. Most often the process of finishing each edge.
The process of ageing stone that leaves the stone with a softly, rounded edge and textured surface to achieve a worn and antique like appearance.
Natural stone has an intense heat applied to the surface, which results in the stone having a lightly distressed and slightly rough appearance. The finish also creates a non-slip surface.
The sawing process enables stone to be produced with consistent dimensions. The sawn surface presents with visible saw marks – often used for walling applications.
Most commonly applied to slate the process of splitting the slate against its natural plane of weakness serving to expose the natural lamination.
Mechanically applied surface texture.