Outdoor kitchen countertops are perfect for entertaining, as they provide a beautiful and relaxing alternative to indoor dining.
Outdoor kitchen spaces always become a favorite place to hang out for family and friends. So, you want to make sure you get the design right, and the best way to do that is to invest in timeless natural stone countertops.
At King’s Granite & Marble, we provide a wide variety of natural stone countertop options, perfect for outdoor use.
But unlike indoor spaces, an outdoor kitchen will require weather-resistant countertops, so choosing a stone that will not rot, mold, or crack with changes in humidity and temperature is essential to the appearance and longevity of your outdoor counters.
If you plan on using natural stone countertop materials in your outdoor spaces, there are a few factors you will want to consider –
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that, although the stone will technically be in its “natural environment,” outdoor kitchen countertops will still require regular maintenance for optimal appearance, functionality, and longevity.
Granite is, of course, one of the most sought-after stones for both indoor and outdoor countertops. Granite is available in a wide variety of color and design options and will provide substantial durability against the elements year after year. Granite is a strong and naturally non-porous stone, meaning you wouldn’t have to worry about rain damaging the surface. However, it is always important to wash down your countertops often to remove dust, dirt, food spills, and other bits of grime that may dull the stone’s complexion and smooth surface.
Quartzite stone is another great option for outdoor summer kitchens, as it offers many benefits similar to that of granite. However, quartzite must never be confused with quartz for outdoor use. Quartz (the artificial version of quartzite) is a man-made material that is manufactured with resin and doesn’t hold up well in outdoor conditions and will slowly deteriorate. On the other hand, quartzite is excellent at withstanding the damaging effects of outdoor conditions and will stand the test of time with proper care and maintenance.
Soapstone is a very dense and non-porous material that also works well in outdoor settings. However, it is important to note that although soapstone is naturally dense, it is still a softer stone material and can be susceptible to scratches and chips if not handled with care.
Regardless of the countertop material you choose for your outdoor kitchen, it is essential to maintain them by sealing the stone when needed, being mindful of how you use them, and keeping them covered when the space is not in use.
Keeping your stone countertops clean, sealed, and out of direct sunlight during the warmer months of the year will help prolong the life and beauty of your summer kitchen counters.
At King’s Granite & Marble, we strive to offer all of our customers the very best countertops, products, and services available.
Because our countertops are custom and made with high-quality materials, you can rest assured that you will be getting exactly what you want with our team of professionals.
If you have questions about our custom outdoor kitchen countertops or would like to schedule a consultation to discuss which options fit your needs best, give us a call today at (713) 922-4326!