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What Finishes Are Available For Stone Pavers?
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The addition of stone pavers will provide your home with a sophisticated yet natural style that will withstand the test of time. With such a broad selection of pavers available, you are sure to find the perfect match for your space – indoors or out. Many homeowners, however, struggle to choose an appropriate finish for their stone and its intended location. This is often due to the sheer number of finishes available. We have outlined some of the more common types below.

This finish is achieved using circular brushing motions, resulting in a satin matte façade. It is often used indoors, however, it is slowing gaining popularly for outdoor projects.

Bush Hammered
This finish is achieved using a specialised hammer with projecting points on its face. The hammer repeatedly hits the surface of the stone paver, providing it with a rough façade.

This finish is designed to provide a uniform thickness and size with clean-sawn edges. This makes such pavers ideal for intricate patterns and complex designs, similar to mosaics.

Cross/Vein Cut
This finish can only be achieved in certain stones, like travertine. Instead of being cut across the grain (as is usual), they are cut along the grain to achieve a very distinctive appearance.

This finish is achieved by subjecting the pavers to high temperatures (usually with the aid of a torch). This burns the stone’s carbon content and ultimately alters the colour of the surface.

Hand Dressed
This finish is achieved through the use of hand cut pavers with varying thicknesses. This ultra natural look can be further enhanced with hand chipped or chiseled edges.

This finish is achieved by grounding and sanding the stone until the surface is relatively smooth. It provides a non-slip, matte façade that is often used in wet areas, such as the bathroom.

Natural Cleft/Riven
This is the finish that is left after the stone has been split, hence the term ‘natural’. It is often used in flooring and is quite popular for homes that have been constructed in a rustic style.

This finish is achieved by grounding, sanding and buffing the paver until a glossy surface is achieved. It is often used for indoor applications and the polish may need to be reapplied every few years.

This finish is achieved, using a mix of sand and water, by rubbing the paver with a softer stone. It produces a smooth surface and is often used indoors to avoid further weathering.

This finish is achieved by blasting the stone paver with sand (or some other material, such as glass beads or walnut shell). It provides a rough but fairly uniform appearance.

This finish is achieved with the aid of a machine, which tumbles the stones together to create rough surfaces and edges. Pebbles are sometimes added to speed the process along.

As you can see, there is a wide variety of stone paver finishes to choose from – so it’s no wonder that many homeowners struggle. If you are in the process of choosing a finish for your home it is important to consider where the pavers are being laid, what the area is used for and what type of effect you are trying to achieve. If you are unable to reach a decision, make sure you speak with a natural stone professional – we’re always happy to help!

Yarrabee & Castlemaine is presenting Melbourne's best range of stones for commercial and residential properties. They also provide outdoor paving in Melbourne, Australia.

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