Finishes are achieved by using different tools and techniques. The different finishes available give the granite a distinct appearance and texture, and help with contrast when lettering and carving the memorial.
A polished finish is smooth, shiny and reflective. It highlights the character of the granite. The full color, depth, and crystal structure is visible.
A steeled finish is when the surface has been gone over with steel shot. The surface has some texture to it and is significantly brighter than the polished finish, but is smooth enough to letter.
A rock pitched finish is a very rough texture. It cannot be lettered and is usually the finish on the sides of monument bases, the sides and front nosing of slants and the sides of bevel memorials. It is a very natural looking finish. Two of the main purposes of this finish is to create a contrast between the polish and steeled finish and also to protect the polished or steeled surfaces of the rest of the memorial.