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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 "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.

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.