Limestone is a stunning flooring choice well suited to the Australian family lifestyle. Easy to maintain means more time spent outdoors, durable means it stands up to daily living needs, and aesthetically pleasing means it pairs well with any home decor. However, before ordering limestone flooring for your residence, you must know the difference between the four main limestone finishes. By knowing these different finish types, you may confidently choose the right flooring finish to suit your requirements.
A honed limestone finish gives a floor look that has a matte surface. Honed floors do not reflect as much light as polished ones, but this finish type is natural and warming. Honed flooring works well in rooms that see a lot of foot traffic. Therefore, consider installing this finish type in hallways, the kitchen and the dining room. Because the finish does not reflect much light, it hides the ravages and patterns of heavy use. However, the limestone is sanded with rough abrasion to create a honed finish. This roughness means it is more porous to spills than you would see on polished surfaces. Therefore, be sure to organise a regular resealing regime with your flooring contractor to reduce the chance of stain damage.
The diametric opposite of a honed finish is a polished limestone floor. Polished flooring has a glass-like quality which reflects light rays around the room. This flooring finish is ideal for rooms that get little natural light, so you wish to enhance any drop it gets. Bathrooms are one such room that works well with a polished flooring finish. However, because the glossy finish wears away quickly in high traffic areas, regular repolishing is needed if you choose to put it somewhere your family spends a lot of time.
A tumbled flooring finish refers to limestone manipulated to look aged and weathered. Tumbled limestone has rounded edges compared to the sharp lines of honed and polished flooring. This flooring finish works well in homes with a rustic vibe to it. A tumbled finish is the perfect pairing if your home contains many wooden furniture pieces.
If you wish to install a more visually exciting floor, consider a brushed finish to your limestone. Rugged nylon or steel brushes are dragged over the limestone surface to create a light, irregular texture. Brushed finish flooring also works well in high traffic rooms because the texture hides imperfections such as scratches.
Now that you know more about four different limestone flooring finishes, talk to your flooring contractor about which types best suit your living needs.
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