Dark quartz countertops and fading

rebecca3142December 13, 2013

Ok, this is a rip off idea from "white quartz countertops and staining" - which was very helpful for me since my island will a light colored quartz. :)

But my perimeter will be a dark colored quartz. My concern is that there are 4 windows positioned right above the perimeter countertop. Will there be squares of fading where the windows are located? Have any of you had fading on your dark quartz? Would it be better to go with a dark granite, like absolute black, if I want the color to stay consistent?

Thank you!

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chedanemi

I have had Cambris Bristol Blue in my kitchen for about eight years. There is no fading at all. I put the trivet Cambria sent me (which is always stored in a dark cabinet) on the counter, and it and the counter still match perfectly.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2013 at 11:05PM
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chedanemi

I have had Cambris Bristol Blue in my kitchen for about eight years. There is no fading at all. I put the trivet Cambria sent me (which is always stored in a dark cabinet) on the counter, and it and the counter still match perfectly.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2013 at 11:06PM
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Linelle

I have plenty of morning sun hitting my dark quartz counters. BTW, the light does move. :) No fading or color changes in two years.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2013 at 11:09PM
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ck_squared

I had Cambria Welshpool Black in our old kitchen for 10+ years. No fading at all -- except where we put a towel on the counter next to the sink to allow dishes to air dry. I won't be doing that with my new counters! Of course, it was probably just mineral deposits from the water. It certainly wasn't caused by the sun.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 11:10AM
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rebecca3142

Whew, thanks! Sounds good so far. I know that the sun moves....but I wanted to be cautious and make sure this wasn't a common problem. These quartz counters are a big investment and I want to get it right. :)

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 1:49PM
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oldryder

I am a fabricator.

Dark quartz colors definitely do fade in the sun and the fading will be noticable in a few months or less in direct sunlight. In 13 years Cambria has replaced 2 of my customers tops for fading. One instance might have been sun induced, the other was almost certainly a material issue since the fading was prominent around the sink. kudos to Cambria for standing behind their product.

I don't think its a common problem because ordinary window glass attenuates the UV portion of the sunlight enough to protect the quartz colors in most instances.

Given the prompt fading I observe on dark quartz colors left outside I am surprised it's not a more common problem in parts of the country where people can leave their windows open most of the time.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 5:12PM
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sara_the_brit_z6_ct

I've had Cambria Bristol Blue in front of a south facing window for more than 5 years and there's no sign of fading at all.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 5:43PM
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rebecca3142

So it sounds like they can, but if the windows are generally closed then it doesn't tend to be a problem for the average home owner.

Would a darker granite color have the same potential?

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 10:00PM
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oldryder

"Would a darker granite color have the same potential?"

No. or at least very very unlikely. I have never heard of a granite fading in a home.

However, the top slab in a granite bundle can sometimes be a little lighter than the remaining slabs. I suspect this is due to the resin top treatment some slabs get at the factory.

A good fabricator would only use a top slab with a color difference in a single slab project.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 10:33PM
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bobbih

I am trying to decide on a countertop for my art studio remodel. My cabinets are vey contemporary and someone suggested engineered quartz. I don't need much so i started looking at fabricator's remnants. I noticed that those remnants not stored inside or under a tarp had bad fading issues. The countertop I'm shopping for has a large west facing window; it does have landscaping to filter the light but I'm concerned about everyday for years. Thinking about a dark color. Opinions?

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 9:43AM
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Trebruchet

bobbih:

Quartz manufacturers recommend protecting stored quartz from direct sunlight. I wouldn't worry about a dark color fading in a residence.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 10:02AM
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