There are many conditions to consider when purchasing Natural Stone products. Two important components to address when selecting your material are the finish and the edge treatment of the stone.
A few questions to ask when selecting material for your project are: 'Will this material be in high traffic areas? - Will it get wet often?' High traffic areas can cause uneven wear on highly polished surfaces, while a textured finish will be more slip resistant in water-prone areas (for example: swimming pools or bathrooms).
Sawn (Saw Cut) Edge A straight square edge created by a saw blade. No additional treatment is applied after the pieces of tile are cut.
Tumbled Edge An uneven, textured edge created by tumbling with various materials or objects after the tile is saw-cut. Can be a softer treatment than the Antiqued Edge. This edge treatment will reinforce a worn, old world aesthetic.
Antiqued Edge An uneven, textured edge that can be created through the tumbling process or by hand-work. This edge treatment also creates a worn, old world aesthetic.
Beveled Edge A treatment applied to a sawn tile to dull or soften the square, sometimes sharp edge created by a saw blade. A new, defined edge is created where the bevel begins and ends. Will help to prevent chipping and maintain a crisp, clean edge.
Micro-Beveled Edge A textured finish, less reflective than honed finishes, created by brushing the stone with varying gauges of metal wire brushes. Each stone will react differently - softer stones will wear more easily than harder stones and will be more textured than harder stones after the brushing process.
Pillowed (Aquitaine) Edge A gradual, round softening of the edges of a tile.