Tumbled vs. Honed Natural Stone: What You Get With Each

You’ve finally made the decision to remodel your kitchen or bath, and you’ve settled on natural stonetile for your flooring and/or walls. The only problem? Now you have a huge selection of natural stonetiles to consider, bearing finishes like tumbled, honed, chiseled edge, polished, and others.

For many homeowners, tumbled and honed are among the two most popular types of stonetile. But what exactly do these two terms mean, and what can you expect to get from each? Here, we take a closer look at tumbled and honed natural stonetile, so you can have a better understanding when visiting your local European Heritage showroom.


Honed Natural StoneTile

Natural stone tile that is labeled as having a honed finish has a very smooth texture that can range anywhere from a dull matte to a satin sheen. The finish is accomplished by grinding one side of the unfinished stone.

One of the most attractive benefits of using honed tile is that it is largely scratch-resistant as a result of it lacking a glossy surface like that of polished stone. Because honed marble does not get scratched as easily, it is more durable for higher-traffic areas.

But honed stone isn’t without its challenges, too. For instance, this finish makes the stone more porous so it will soak up liquids faster and easier. As a result, honed natural stone tile is often better suited for bathroom walls and floors, showers, pool areas, and kitchen walls.

Honed stones are available in both filled and unfilled versions.


Tumbled Natural Stone Tile

Tumbled natural stone tiles are manufactured by packing many pieces of stone, all cut to the same dimensions, in a rubber-coated or plastic barrel filled with an abrasive grit and water. The barrel then turns for a period, ranging anywhere from three to five weeks, depending on the finish that is desired. During the process, the stones grind against each other with the grit between them until the stones are left with a worn look, and a soft and smooth surface texture. 

Tumbled natural stone is usually unfilled when it leaves the manufacturer and because of the process, it can be slightly chalky or dusty-looking. The stone’s natural colours also tend to be more muted. This can be remedied by applying a colour-enhancing sealer to the tiles after they have been installed and grouted.

The sealer will reinvigorate the colour and remove the dusty finish from the tiles. In fact, if it is being filled, then the stone and the grout will both need to be sealed immediately after installation anyway.

Tumbled is a popular finish for Travertine tile because the process enhances the natural pitting of the material. This type of tile is just as comfortable being used inside as it is outside, and it’s a very popular choice for walk-in showers, tub surrounds, and backsplashes.


European Heritage Has Natural Stone Tile of All Finishes in Stock

If you’re looking for the very best selection of quality natural stone tiles in every finish and colour, then be sure to visit European Heritage’s online store. We have everything you need to install and maintain natural stone tiles, including grout, tools, cleaning and maintenance products, and a host of other essential products and resources to help make your installation go as smoothly as possible.

Shop online at European Heritage today and take advantage of our incredible selection of high-quality honed and tumbled natural stone tiles and as always, our ultra-low prices.

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