What is flamed granite?

Flamed or thermal is a rough finish which is produced from applying direct flame at high temperatures. This is commonly used in exterior commercial applications.

Even Granite Changes

As the stone industry evolves, new ideas abound. The types and colors of different stones are unlimited. In recent years, the tools, machines and technology for cutting and polishing stone have changed dramatically. Traditionally, granite was produced with a high gloss polished finish. Now, many granites are available in honed and a patina finish. The honed finish is smooth, but does not reflect. The patina finish may also be called antiqued, brushed or leather (there may be slight variations depending on factory). Both finishes are rich, yet subtle. Run your hand across the patina finish and you will be amazed.

What is Class “C”?

Some of the most beautiful and unique stones are class “C” materials (as classified by the Marble Institute of America.) Technically any vein in a stone is a weakness. In class “C” materials these veins tend to dry and open thus becoming surface fissures. These stones may contain sticking or filling to furnish a smooth polish.

The process has been used for more than a hundred years in Italy and around the world. Although stones are quarried worldwide, Italy has the best technology & craftsmen to cut and polish stone. This does not mean it is a lesser quality stone but it is a characteristic of this particular quarry. Stones such as Breccia Oniciata, Portoro Black & Gold from Italy, and Crema Marfil & Emperador Dark from Spain will have these characteristics.