Surface Finishes

Surface Finish Options

Flamed Granite Finishing Process

Leathered Granite Finishing Process

NEKA Granite Marble Quartz is the only stone fabricator in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. capable of providing a leather finish or honed finish to any polished slab in stock.

Simply select the slab you desire for your project and select the finish that suits your taste. Any of the finishes below can be applied to the material you desire.

Honed Finish

This type of matte finish is a satin-smooth surface finish with little or no gloss. Honed granite, marble or quartz is often perceived as being a softer more natural look than polished. A honed finish you do not need to worry about etching as the finish is already dull as is.

Sandblasted Finish

In sandblasting, a high-pressure jet of siliceous sand or steel shots is applied to the area to be treated. This treatment produces a smooth abrasion, leaving the material with a slightly scratched (but not rugged) surface. The color tones and the veins are slightly dulled. Rigato Rigato is a machine finish that gives a linear pattern cut to the stone. This finish gives an added design factor when applied to a wall. All stones can have this finish applied to them.

Flamed FInish

A Flamed finish is produced when an intense flame is fired at the stone, causing the surface to burst and become rough. This finish is used primarily for exteriors applications where slip-resistance is extremely important. A flamed finish cannot be applied to all stones; however, most granite and certain hard limestone are preferred.

Leathered Finish

This specialty finish is very popular with those seeking a soft natural looking appearance that feels as good as it looks! Leather finish results in a rough, “river-washed” appearance and feels similar to a genuine leather material. Leathered granite lacks shine and disguises fingerprints and smudges very well.

Polished Finish

A polished finish is created when a stone surface reaches its most refined stage. It is buffed to the highest level possible, and the results are either a high shine or the actual highest level of shine that can be achieved naturally. This finish gives the stone a very elegant and rich look, providing it with a pinnacle depth of color.


A bush hammer is a specialized stone-working hammer with a head that resembles a meat tenderizing hammer. Because the head of the hammer is usually small (about 1-2 inches square) it takes a long time to apply this finish to a large surface area. The result leaves the surface of the stone fairly smooth with small indentations. A bush-hammered finish can be applied to nearly all stones.

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