Can sunlight affect natural stone worktops?

19-May-2016 Your kitchen and bathroom both benefit from natural light. Not only does it help keep your energy costs down but it's often a better source of light than regular home lighting. As a result, we tend to see these rooms with ample windows to let all that light in. However, the possible downside can be the effect of the sun on your furniture. Exposure to these UV rays can have a negative effect on certain surfaces too.

Quartz worktops are known to fade if they are exposed to regular direct sunlight. It's most noticeable in darker colours whereas the lighter shades don't show fading quite as easily. That said, it's important to look into the manufacturer's warranty because, in many cases, homeowners might be eligible for replacement worktops in the event of extreme fading.

Granite is known to hold up really well even in direct sunlight. Fading will only start to occur after several months or even years of full sun exposure. It's tough to find any substance or surface that will last forever when UV rays are a regular factor.

If you are concerned about fading, there is a solution that will allow you to install any worktops you like! Simply shop around for UV protective coatings for your windows! There are different types on the market and it's also good to ask a professional for their opinion. These coatings can be applied yourself or you can have a professional do it for you if preferred. Once they are in place, they will get to work immediately and keep those harsh rays at bay!

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