Natural stone countertops can make kitchens look elegant right away. Materials like granite and quartz are known for their durability and low maintenance. Many homeowners, however, ask: “Are they susceptible to fading?” The Kitchen Store, your local countertop installer and cabinet refacing expert, sheds light on the matter.
Sunlight a Factor
The short answer to the question above is yes, natural stone countertops do fade. Direct sunlight has ultraviolet radiation, which is the reason why fading occurs on countertop surfaces, especially those that are installed outdoors. The good news is that natural stone can resist sunlight for a certain period, but after prolonged exposure, you will soon notice that loss of color.
Any custom kitchen remodeling pro will tell you that some countertops are treated to either give them strength or enhance their color. Some granite slabs have color enhancements, while quartz is bonded with special resins. While these additions provide beauty to the countertops, they may cause sun damage, manifesting as faded or darkened surfaces.
Other Causes of Fading
Sunlight isn’t the only factor that causes stone countertops to fade. The sealant that gives them an added layer of protection wears away over time with continued use of the countertop, resulting in a dull look. You’ll notice it when water gets absorbed by the material.
Resealing solves this problem as long as the product is recommended by the manufacturer or installer. Before applying the seal, make sure to thoroughly clean the surface. A good sealant should keep stains out of countertops and keep them looking their best.
Turn to The Kitchen Store if you are in the market for a new kitchen countertop. Our designers will help you consider all the choices and select just the right countertop. Choose from quartz and granite to laminate and everything in between.
You can also rely on us for high-quality custom kitchen cabinets and expert cabinet refacing. Call (310) 572-7515 or fill out our contact form to request a free in-showroom consultation. Our California service areas include Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding areas.