Today, most families spend a significant amount of time in their backyard, often entertaining. Therefore, an outdoor kitchen makes a great addition to a backyard because it enhances party hosting, which calls for countertop space.
Given the wide variety of countertops available on the market, choosing one for your outdoor kitchen can be daunting.
Luckily, we at Lopsang Custom Stone Countertops like to keep our customers well informed about different countertop types. Therefore, if you’re looking for an outdoor countertop today, below are the different options, all of which are available at Lopsang Custom Stone Countertops.
Granite might be the No. 1 option for homeowners looking for the best material for outdoor kitchen countertops. Granite countertops are highly durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions. Therefore, when it’s sweltering hot from the sun or your cooking, granite stays cool.
Also, if you coat the countertops with a sealant, they become resistant to stains, mold, and mildew. Even on the coldest or rainiest of days, or messiest of parties, your countertops remain in excellent condition.
Additionally, granite is a natural stone that requires very little maintenance. With the sealant, everything gets easier. Sealing also makes your countertops appear glossy and new for your outdoor meetups.
There are plenty of hues and finishes to choose from with granite. And no matter the color or style you choose, granite will not fade under light (sun) exposure.
However, if your outdoor kitchen has no shade, it’s recommendable to avoid darker hues because they heat up more. Instead, go for lighter colors. Also, a honed finish gives a touch of nature to your kitchen more than a polished surface.
While the other options for outdoor countertops are great, too, granite sets the bar high. It’s undoubtedly an excellent choice.
Quartzite is another great option for outdoor kitchens. Note, we’re not talking about quartz (the engineered stone), but quartzite (the natural stone).
Quartzite is similar to granite in several ways. They share characteristics, especially durability and hardness.
Also, it looks a lot like marble.
Sharp objects such as knives can scratch quartzite countertops. So when preparing food on quartzite countertops, ensure that you use a cutting board.
When it comes to cleaning, quartzite is very easy to care for and maintain. In fact, you only need some soap and water to clean it. In case of staining, scrub immediately with a gentle scrubber.
In addition, quartzite will not have its color fade away under the sun. That means you need not worry about your gatherings finding a dull and unattractive countertop.
Quartzite is heat resistant, but it cannot withstand very high temperatures. That’s where granite beats quartzite for the outdoor kitchen countertops. While the hot summer sun will not affect your countertops, you should worry about hot pots and pans. Ensure you always use pot holders or trivets on quartzite surfaces.
Seal your quartzite countertop to retain its freshness, but the hardness of this natural stone guarantees durability.
A point to note is that quartz is not a good fit for outdoor countertops. That’s because the coloring/resin in quartz countertops fades (turns yellow) under weather elements, especially UV rays. But it’s one of the best choices for an indoor kitchen.
It’s a common belief among homeowners that marble is perfect for an indoor kitchen, which is true. Well, it’s also still a great material for outdoor use. That said, if you love marble and are considering it for your outdoor kitchen countertops, there are a few things you need to understand before you proceed.
A polished finish will not do well, especially under rainy and windy conditions. It will wear off within no time. However, regular sealing can ensure your marble countertops always remain fresh.
A honed finish can also be a better choice. If you don’t like the hassles that come with constant maintenance, it’s better to choose a honed finish.
It’s worth noting that acidic substances stain and etch marble. But you can take advantage of the weather to deal with the etching and staining. Rain will blend in the etch marks while washing out stains. So you will not have to deal with constant maintenance while at the same time allowing your marble countertop to age naturally. Ultimately, what happens is it gets a rustic appearance.
In the event you allow natural aging, you don’t have to worry about durability. Marble is a hard stone that lasts for many years outdoors with little maintenance.
At Lopsang Custom Stone Countertops, we have these three best materials for your outdoor countertops. Although granite is undoubtedly the No. 1 outdoor countertop surface, you cannot go wrong with quartzite or marble countertops.
Contact us today, and we will work together toward delivering the best countertops for your outdoor kitchen.