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Chris Breen

Chris Breen

Chris Breen, Principal Owner of Legacy Decks and Outdoor Living and has been serving families in Upstate South Carolina since 2005.

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Best Materials For Outdoor Kitchen Countertops

At the heart of any outdoor kitchen lies the countertops. They need to be durable and safe for preparing your meals while also being beautiful to match your overall design aesthetic. But which materials are the best to use for your outdoor kitchen countertops? Here, we’ll explore some of the most popular outdoor kitchen countertop materials: Granite, Quartzite, Concrete, and Stainless Steel.

Granite

Granite is an option you should definitely consider.

Granite strikes a balance between durability, attractiveness, and maintenance. It comes in an assortment of colors, offering you a diverse palette from which you can effortlessly match the tone of your outdoor space. It’s not every day that you find a material that is not only resilient but also wonderfully versatile in terms of styling.

When it comes to durability, granite is great at standing up to scratches, sunlight, and stains. However, it is best to treat it gently as it’s not as crack-resistant as some materials. Drop a weighty object on it, and you might get a crack or chip. You should also avoid leaving hot cooking items like a stove on top. But with a bit of care, granite countertops can stand the test of time and keep looking great.

Just a heads up – keep in mind that granite is porous and needs to be resealed every few years.

Quartzite

Quartz is a natural stone material frequently used in indoor kitchens at Legacy Decks. When it comes to performance and beauty, quartz delivers. However, it has a huge drawback: its color can change under direct sunlight, losing its original beauty.

Luckily, there’s a solution – a quartzite countertop. Unlike unprocessed natural quartz, quartzite is an engineered variant of the material that can withstand direct sunlight without fading. It is a better choice for outdoor use, as it will retain its beauty over time.

Visually, quartzite is similar to marble (with neutral colors), although it is more durable and resistant to cracks. If you like marble, quartzite offers a similar look but more longevity.

Quartzite can often have a more modern look compared to granite, and its color choices are fewer.

Stainless Steel

If durability and proper hygiene are your main concerns, you might want to consider a stainless steel countertop. It’s incredibly durable and heat-resistant, ensuring that it can stand up to the elements and allowing you to put your stove on top without worrying about damage. Since the surface won’t chip or absorb moisture, food preparation will always be safe, even after years of use.

However, it gets really, really hot under the sunlight. If you are considering this option, you’ll most likely need a shade structure or roof structure to cover the countertop.

Concrete

Concrete is another excellent choice for outdoor kitchen countertops. Its primary charm lies in its customization possibilities, as concrete can be molded into virtually any shape or color.

While incredibly durable, concrete surfaces, like granite and quartzite, need periodic sealing to protect against moisture absorption and staining. Also, concrete is susceptible to cracks and will likely get some cracks at some point.

Conclusion

When choosing materials for your outdoor kitchen countertops, always remember to factor in the need for resealing every few years if you choose porous materials such as granite, quartzite, and concrete. Whichever material you select, ensure it aligns with your outdoor kitchen’s overall look and style to create a visually cohesive space. 

If you’re planning or dreaming of a new outdoor kitchen in Greenville,SC, make sure to read our blog, “Do Outdoor Kitchens Need To Be Covered?”. Get a free estimate or Contact us today.