Using Textures On Stone Surfaces
Natural stone is inherently appealing. It is an ideal material for a plethora of uses in both residential and commercial architecture. Often times natural stone is given a polished finish. However, there are good reasons for choosing a textured stone finish, and some of those reasons might surprise you.
There are a number of finishing techniques that are commonly applied to natural stone surfaces, including:
- Cut Types
Another method for creating a specific finish is to use a surfacing tools for concrete texturing and texturizing natural stone. These tools and techniques produce a variety of results.
How Stone Is Textured
There a number of ways to create a textured finish on natural stone. Depending on the kind of stone, its hardness, and what kind of look you want, the process will vary. Texturizing natural stone often results in a rustic look and fits well in specific design schemes.
One method that is used to texturize stone surfaces is known as “leathering”. This leather or, antiqued look is obtained by using abrasive brushes on the stone. The abrasives wear away the softer material, leaving the harder material behind. The result is a surface with the appearance of leather.
Leathering is not the only way to acheive a textured finish on stone surfaces. Bush hammering also gives stone professionals a way to create textured finishes on natural stone surfaces and concrete. Using one of many bush hammering tools, a stone fabricator or installer can create a variety of textured finishes such as:
Using texturing tools like bush hammering can yield a range of benefits. Let’s take a brief look at following three:
- Appealing Designs
- Anti-slip Surfaces
- Improved Adhesion
Design Appeal Through Textures
Texture plays a large role in design. Whether the project is outside or inside, in either case, texture is a key factor in the difference between a good design and a spectacular design. Stone texturing is utilized in a number of ways and in an array of areas.
Outdoor surfaces that are large often employ the use of a variety of stone types. Large sections of stone may be of one consistency and be bordered with another type of material such as tile or with more stone of a different color. By using variety in texturing stone surfaces, designers can create stunning environments. Places you will find the use of stone texturing in design are:
- Pool Decks
- Garden Borders
- Landscape Borders
However, the visual appeal of stone texture is not the only useful application of this technique.
Textured Surfaces Protect Against Slipping
Around the home and even in other environments like commercial and public locations textured surfaces come in handy. In fact, anywhere there is the potential for moisture or standing water, this technique can be used to create an anti-slip surface. Some areas in which you will find textured stone used for anti-skid protection include:
- Pool Decks
- Stone Staircases
When using stone texturizing methods to create a non-slip surface, often times it is also used as a design feature. Yet, there is one more practical way that textured stone can be useful.
Texturing Stone to Increase Bonding Surface
Although design and safety are good reasons to consider stone texture, repair work also provides occasions to benefit from a bush hammered, grooved or sandblasted surface.
Bush hammering (a stone texturing method mentioned earlier) can help increase bonding effectiveness when applying a new surface to an existing stone structure or surface. The bonding effectiveness is increased because a texturized stone has more surface area exposed than a stone that is smooth.
So in conclusion, there are a number of benefits that can be realized by using texturing. We have briefly considered a few. When looking for ways to achieve a specific goal in one of the areas mentioned above, why not try using textures to help you reach your goal?