flamed granite countertops
I am looking at flamed lido granite for the countertops in my new kitchen. However, I am concerned with using this as a baking surface. Our island will be butcher block, but this will not be a good surface for baking and I think the flamed surface, although not tremendously rough, will not work for pie crusts and the like.
I like the durability of granite but hate the sheen. I want natural stone and all the other choices seem too delicate (marble, soapstone, etc.)
1. Does anyone have flamed granite or other finishes such as honed that they can comment on?
2. Are there any other granite color/finish options to suggest? I am looking for shades of grey.
3. Has anyone taken a stone that is imported with gloss finish and then altered the finish with the stone cutter?
I would not suggest flame-treated Granite for your countertop.
This is a treatment-effect common to buildings for walls that the Architect wants visitors to see but not touch. The Granite is given flame treatment which expands the granite crystals into expanding and popping. It usually produces cavities with sharp, open areas. Sharp and hard to clean.
I would suggest high-polished granite, and considering your food may touch the surface, without sealer chemicals. Read the labels on those; Not for contact with food, fruit, & vegetables.
I am very happy with my honed granite countertops in a color/pattern that is often called "wild west."
They have required not one minute of maintenance in 8 years. And they do not show stains or flecks of food or crumbs.
I would suggest choosing a raw slab at a stoneyard if that is an option where you live, and then having it honed, or finished to your taste.
I would suggest some kind of pattern rather than solid color, so the tiniest crumbs will not show.
Soapstone is the way to go, especially if you don't like the look of a nicely dressed granite...While the "flamed" finish works well to make a smooth cut look more natural and grippier for steps and such, I think it would be a major pain in the kitchen. It'd certainly be a cool look for a magazine kitchen-mahal, but for real use, not so much
Soapstone isn't that delicate, it's been used for years in chemistry labs for the lab table tops. It may be a little higher maintance, but it will hold up for years. It also may scratch a little easier than granite, for example, but it's a good natural stone option.
Another option is the quartz counter tops, these are not natural stone but stone bonded with resin. They are excellent for cooking surfaces as they are not porus at all like granite is. I'm not sure other than polished what surfaces they come in. The down side in my opinion is they don't look like real stone, the coloring and such is extremely consistant.
Finally, yes the stone cutter can provide whichever finish you want regardless of what is on the stone now.