Selecting The Right Finish of Your Stone Pavers
Choosing paving stones also requires choosing the finish of your stone, from very smooth through to very rough. While different types of stone pavers will show a finish differently, this article can be taken as a rough guide in how to select what type of finish to select for your pavers.
Read on to find out your three most important questions to ask yourself when selecting a finish.
Question-1: Will The Area be Wet?
Deciding what finish to get for your stove pavers depending heavily on the type of area that you will be paving. If it is outdoors not under cover, or near a pool, you are probably going to want to choose a non-slip finish for your pavers. Falling or slipping over on stone can be very dangerous. Stone is very hard and may even require a trip to the hospital if you injure yourself.
For these stone pavers, you should avoid a polished finish, which is a high shine finish to the stone, as well as a honed finish, which produces a satin finish on the rock.
Question-2: Is Your Area Modern or Vintage?
The surrounding area for your pavers should give you some idea as to what the finish of your stone should be. For modern areas, it’s often about sleek, smooth, straight lines and finishes, such as polished, honed, or acid washed. Edging the stones can be done in a straight cut to make them look sleek, and yet still bevelled off. For vintage areas, you want to add a bit of rough character to the stone which means choosing finishes like tumbled, antiqued, brushed or chipped.
Have a browse through decorating sites to see what other stones look like when in a similar sort of area to the one that you are looking at paving.
Question-3: What Does Your Stone Look Like Naturally Finished?
What kind of finish does the stone that you want come in to begin with? If you are getting recycled pavers, then you might like to change up the look of the stone. Polished or honed finishes will really bring out the depth of colour and clarity of the natural stone that you have chosen, whereas etching the stone with sandblasting, bush hammering, brushing, acid washing or flaming the stone will present a rough finish.
This will add grip and character to the texture, however, it makes the stone colour less deep and rich, and the impurities won’t be as visually apparent.