No outdoor kitchen is complete without a workable countertop that fits perfectly with your cooking style and your outdoor kitchen design.
There are a variety of materials that can be used for your outdoor kitchen countertops. Before choosing consider these options:
- Soapstone is one of the most beautiful surfaces for outdoor dining and cooking. There are numerous colors and designs available that can hold up to the elements quite well. Occasionally the surface can get scratched, but you can take care of most issues just by using mineral oil.
- Stainless Steel is one of the tried-and-true countertop surfaces. It is economical in most cases when compared to higher end surfaces. Stainless Steel can easily hold up to harsh conditions such as extreme heat or cold. This material can get pretty hot so watch out for heated surfaces or placing in direct sunlight.
- Porcelain Tile is a beautiful choice for outdoor countertop designs. The shape, color and surface designs come in many choices. Porcelain is not as quick to fade in direct sunlight and is very durable. Grout lines can be a small setback but will hold up well as long as maintained properly.
- Granite can be an expensive investment but if you want durability and long lasting beauty there is nothing better. Granite outdoor countertops are solid and can withstand virtually anything.
- Concrete is relatively inexpensive and is very durable for outdoor countertops. The installation can be a bit complicated but you have tremendous flexibility when it comes to shape and design. With proper waxing and sealing maintenance a concrete countertop can last a very long time.
- Wood is an option for those who enjoy fine design on a working surface. Wood is very beautiful and when maintained properly can really make your outdoor countertops stand apart. But be careful with burns, stains and elemental damage from extreme heat, cold or moisture.
- Recycled paper or wood could be used for outdoor countertops as well, but be concerned about how durable and long lasting these surfaces can be. If you want something that will last a few years and will be replaced, this could be a solution for you to consider.
- Plastic laminate is a very inexpensive choice for outdoor countertops and would require ongoing maintenance to make sure the adhesive and seams do not peel or pop. If you want an outdoor kitchen on a budget this is for you.
What type of countertop are you planning on using for your outdoor kitchen?
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