People used to prefer honed marble pavers for outdoor applications, but recent home style trends show that designers are moving away from perfectly silky-smooth finishes to rougher and more rustic textures. That’s why leathered marble pavers are more popular than ever. Natural stones (especially marble) with a leathered finish have distinct features that make them better than honed stones in many ways.
A lot of people still confuse leathered marble paver with honed marble paver. The truth is their only similarity is that both are not glossy or polished. Leathered marble pavers look more matte and do not reflect light. They are created through a process called leathering where diamond brushes run over their surfaces repeatedly. This results in a textured and pebbly surface with more visible pits and fissures, hence the ‘leather’ appearance. Because of the leathering process, each marble paver lent a unique look and feel. Some will have more pronounced fissures than others.
The process of leathering also brings out the natural colors of your marble pavers. You don’t have to polish them to prevent discoloration. Leathered marble pavers can highlight different areas of your home such as the patio, driveway, and garden.
What makes this type of paver more appealing is that it is low-maintenance. Their upkeep is easier compared to honed pavers. Even sealing may not be necessary since most of them are pre-sealed after or during the leathering process. Of course, regular dusting and cleaning is a must if you want to keep your pavers pristine.
Due to its rough finish, leathered marble pavers can conceal stains, watermarks, and scratches better than honed marble pavers. And because they are pre-sealed, dirt and liquids cannot easily penetrate through the surface and cause damage to the stone.