On the other hand, a honed surface is not nearly as slippery and naturally becomes a better choice for flooring. What you lose in brilliance and gloss, you make up for in safety.
Tumbled stone is a very popular choice due to its rougher texture that provides slip-resistance. It also has a beautiful weathered look that is timeless and attractive. For many, this is a win-win scenario.
In all, there are six major types of finishes to choose from. These types are listed below:
Sand Blasted - this tile is professionally blasted with sand so that it has a textured surface but can also have a slightly glossy finish. This tile also frequently features unique designs in the stone that is also created through the sand blasting technique. A very nice choice for those looking for something truly unique.
Downside: Not as glossy as polished.
Flamed - This is a dramatic tile that features natural crystals that have exploded inside the stone. Because it is created at such extreme temperature, it has a slightly glossy finish. However, it still has a rougher texture that is created by the exploding crystals.
Downside: Porous like tumbled texture.