Common Terms

What does the term "honed" mean?

This term references the finish of the stone surface. As a stone is processed it goes through a stepped-polish process. Honing stops the process at a certain point to achieve a smooth finish without the glassiness of highly polished stone. This process is necessary at times for achieving a surface which will not be too slippery, such as shower floors or wet walk areas.

What does the term "laminated edge" mean?

This involves gluing one piece of stone with another to create a thicker edge. This does not involve a plastic product such as "Formica". This procedure is used to create an edge for more complex profiles or for a heavier edge appearance without the extra weight through the piece. 

What does the term "polish-out" mean?

In an undermount process the sink sets beneath the stone, and therefore, the sink hole cut-out is exposed. This area needs to be polished in order to have a better esthetic appearance and in order to seal the stone cut against moisture. This process is not necessary in a top-mount application because the hole is not exposed.

What does the term "radius corner" mean?

This is detail where a 90 degree corner is curved to present a less dangerous or more pleasing esthetic appearance. Radii can be very slight to very prominent. This detail references the outside edge in a side-to-side direction rather than a "profile" which references in a top-to-bottom direction. Other design details which may be requested in this side-to-side direction would be curves, arcs, and free-form. These additional details usually have up-charges associated with the complexity of the design.