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Top outdoor kitchens: tips for choosing materials

Two of the most important considerations to make when discussing outdoor kitchens are the materials used for the furniture and the countertops. At OF Outdoorkitchens, we always recognize the importance of choosing durable and beautiful materials. The features to consider when choosing a countertop for your outdoor kitchen are threefold: they must be easy to clean, require minimal maintenance, and offer a variety of color and style options. More importantly, the best ones will withstand different climates and adverse weather conditions. These aspects are very important. In today’s article, you will find some advice on various countertop materials, with design ideas to help you in your decision.

Top outdoor kitchens: some preliminary considerations

Granite, tiles, sintered stone, and stainless steel are among the most requested when we talk about outdoor kitchen countertops. It should also be said that for outdoor cooking areas the heat resistance of cooking appliances is very important. Therefore, you should choose a material that resists deformation or breaking due to heat. It should also withstand the effects of moisture, food stains, and the sun. Here are the main materials that are best suited for use:

  • Sintered Stone

Sintered stone is perfect for outdoor kitchen countertops. International brands like Lapitec®, for example, have been pioneers in the process of blending natural and pure minerals to create their surfaces. Unlike natural stones, sintered stone countertops are resistant to weathering and scratches, are antibacterial, non-porous, and stain-resistant. Its durability makes it the ideal match with stainless steel furniture.

  • Stainless Steel

Although bare stainless steel can hardly rust outdoors, keeping it clean and dry is still an important step for maintenance. Stainless steel is a common choice for countertop material because it is durable and non-porous. It is also extremely resistant to heat and cold. If matched with furniture also in steel, it can create a stunning and very elegant environment.

  • Tiles

For outdoor countertops in tiles, porcelain is often used. This is a non-porous material that performs well at various temperatures. Plus, you can choose from a variety of colors, but the finish can chip and scratch. If it is necessary to replace tiles later, it may be difficult to find replacements. Keep this in mind.

  • Granite

If sealed regularly, granite maintains its integrity. Sealing helps to prevent stains and mold, especially outdoors. It does not fade in the sun and performs well even with heat.

  • Concrete

Concrete is undoubtedly a durable material. You can choose it in the color you prefer and you can also incorporate colored tiles. It is easy to get the necessary dimensions for a variety of configurations. Remember, however, that concrete is porous, so sealing a concrete countertop is essential.

  • Marble

Finally, marble. For your outdoor kitchen, a marble countertop needs to be sealed regularly. Otherwise, the finish will stain and break over time. It is, in any case, a highly resistant stone, so it will remain a workable surface. The appearance, however, will likely be altered by the weather and stained.

Choose the countertop material for your OF outdoorkitchens outdoor kitchen! Come visit us in our showroom or contact us for a quote.