When Granite is cut from a large solid block of stone from the quarry it has a flat, and uninteresting surface.
Depending on its final use, the stone can be processed in different ways. Typically when the granite is used for building facades it is usually polished into a highly reflective surface. This polishing has the benefit of highlighting the natural colour of the stone as well.
For outdoor use the granite can be flamed to improve its non slip characteristics as well as its aesthetic appeal. This involves passing a high temperature flame over the surface of the granite, which causes the surface of the granite to break away leaving a lovely textured finish. The finish is called flamed.
At Edwards the Granite has gone through an additional process to take the superficial roughness that sometimes results from the flaming process, creating a good balance between a non slip product, yet pleasant to walk on, even in bare feet.