Fading Granite

With the increasing popularity of outdoor living areas, we find more granite being used for surfacing etc.  Some customers have called asking about whether it is possible for granite to fade. They feel the color is not as vibrant as it was when it was installed.

There is wide use of dyes being used in the Natural Stone industry. Some of the dyes are uv resistant and outdoor use will not affect their color. Others have been found to be affected by uv rays over time and will cause a change in the perceived color. In addition, some granites have various mineral and/or chemical composition that reacts to sunlight and will change color. While these colors may change slightly from what they were when they were originally installed, there is only a finite window of change that will occur.