Choosing the Right Countertop for Your Outdoor Kitchen
When designing an outdoor kitchen, special attention should be given to the countertop. After all, it’s where all the action will happen. Here’s what you’ll need to consider.
Your outdoor kitchen will need to be able to withstand the elements. Generally speaking, materials that can’t handle being exposed to water or big fluctuations in temperature should be avoided. If you select the wrong type of counter, you run the risk of having to replace it sooner rather than later.
Outdoor kitchens can be fully or partially exposed. How much of it you decide to leave uncovered should play a part in determining what materials you use. If the kitchen is mostly enclosed, you may be able to select materials that are slightly less resistant but cheaper or more esthetically pleasing. However, if there’s no protection at all, or if the counter is out in the open, avoid materials that can fade easily, such as laminate.
How many appliances will there be in your outdoor kitchen? Do you want to include a bar or seating? Will you use it all year or only in the summer? All of these factors should be taken into account when choosing the countertop for your outdoor kitchen.
Choosing the right material
Since outdoor kitchens are exposed to the elements, natural stone countertops are a much better choice than wood or laminate, as these are unlikely to withstand the wear and tear caused by exposure to the elements. This also applies to quartz, since the resin used in the surface will turn yellow if exposed to direct sunlight for too long. Good options to consider for your outdoor kitchen include:
• Granite. This is the gold standard for outdoor kitchens. It’s durable, easy to maintain and looks beautiful.
• Quartzite. Another good option, quartzite matches granite’s durability and ease of maintenance. (Note that quartzite is a naturally occurring stone, while quartz is an engineered one.)
• Soapstone. While susceptible to scratches, which can easily be sanded out, soapstone holds up well. To the elements
Stone countertops in Edmonton
If you need help choosing the right countertop for your outdoor kitchen, you can rely on the experts at PF Custom Countertops. From design to installation, we can help. Give us a call to learn more about our services.