Step 2: Selection

Combine functionality and design to chose the right slab, material finish, and edge. Planning ahead will help you make an informed decision once you are ready to visit your local slabyard and make a selection.

So how do you choose the right slab material?

When selecting your countertop it is important to choose a material that will meet the functional needs of your space as well as the desired aesthetic. You may be selecting countertops for your family kitchen, a rental property or for a home you plan to resell so be sure to consider who will be using the space.

Surface Finishes

Another decision you will have to make during the slab selection process is the surface finish. While you are probably familiar with a polished surface, you may want to consider some of the other options.

Tips:

If you are unsure of what finish you want, consider your space's other finishes. Coordinating with the cabinets, walls and backsplashes will yield a more cohesive aesthetic.

Polished

Achieved through a grinding and buffing process, this type of treatment leaves stone with a sleek, slippery surface and high-gloss finish. It is known for its ability to reveal the true color and character of stone. In order to maintain the luster of polished finishes, the stone must be maintained through with proper cleaners and occasional resealing.

Honed

Also known as a matte finish, this type of finish is achieved through a sanding process leaving a satiny-smooth surface. Stone with an honed finish requires more frequent resealing but is less slippery and known to conceal flaws better than other finishes since it does not have a reflection.

Leathered

This finish adds texture to the surface. Leathering often used for black and other very dark materials. For example Absolute Black comes in a subtle leathered texture as well a smooth honed finish.

Tumbled

A weathered, aging finish is achieved when the stone is tumbled with sand, pebbles, or steel bearings. Tumbled stone may present chipped edges and imperfections created by the tumbling process. These characteristics give the stone more of a worn, old look.

Edge Treatment: The right edge for your countertop

Here are a few illustrations of countertop edge profiles for reference. As you can see the options are almost limitless. Keep in mind that detailed edges are more expensive.