The Best Countertop for an Outdoor Kitchen

Spring is in the air and more and more we want to spend time outside and enjoy the good weather. Now is the right moment to start the research, and decide what works have priority for your property this spring. Planning a new outdoor kitchen, or remodeling the one you have right now can be a big time and emotional investment.

White River Granite
  outdoor kitchen
White River Granite outdoor kitchen

But as long as your backyard have lots of potential, it would be wrong not to use it. Create the perfect space by adding visual interest from inside the house to outside of it.

No matter how big your place is, a great outdoor kitchen can be planned to complete the property. Here are some DESIGNS FOR SMALL OUTDOOR KITCHENS and 10 TIPS FOR DESIGNING THE BEST OUTDOOR KITCHEN. Also, being on a tight budget doesn’t have to stop you dream about your outdoor kitchen. Here are some CLEVER TRICKS FOR UPDATING YOUR OUTDOOR KITCHEN ON A BUDGET.

When the BBQ is the main role player in the exterior cooking, having plenty of counter space is essential. We would like to drag your attention to the countertops that will be installed here. Please keep in mind that the outdoor kitchen environment is much tougher than the interior one this is why is so important to think it over and make the best decision when the moment comes.

Do you know which countertop material is the best for your outdoor kitchen? If you are still looking to discover which type of countertop is your favorite, here are some materials to consider.

Granite

Each slab of this natural material is unique. It remains popular and is a good choice for heavily used areas and can be used with an under-mounted sink.

Pros:
Heat, cuts, and scratching doesn’t harm it.
Polished and matte finishes resisted most stains when properly sealed.

Cons:
Edges and corners can chip and you'll need a pro to repair them.
It needs periodic sealing for stain protection.

Giallo Fiorito Granite
Giallo Fiorito Granite

Limestone

It’s attractive and considered a classic material, like marble. Limestone also has a natural-stone look without heavy veining or graining. It's attractive but impractical, so consider it for low-traffic areas.

Pros:
Presents beautiful patina of a natural stone.
Limestone resists heat well.

Cons:
Scratches and dings from our dropped 5-pound weight marred the surface of this soft, porous stone, and even a high-quality sealer didn't protect against stains.

Brown Fossile Limestone
Brown Fossile Limestone

Marble

Marble takes on a patina, to some, but others see it as marred. Beautiful and classic, marble has been used in European kitchens for ages. It represented refinement, class, and wealth. It was also extremely durable. When used for building foundations, it often outlasted generations of people.

Pros:
Durable in time.
Small nicks and scratches can be polished out.

Cons:
Marble chips and scratches easily.
Must be sealed periodically to protect from staining.
Most stains that marred unsealed marble wiped away with water on sealed samples, but hard-water deposit removers left a permanent mark, even on sealed stone.

Super White Marble
Super White Marble

Quartz

Also known as engineered stone, quartz is a blend of stone chips, resins, and pigments and is ideal for areas that get plenty of use and abuse. It comes in an array of vibrant colors and styles that mimic stone.

Pros:
It mimics the look of stone yet needs less maintenance.
Hot pots, serrated knives, abrasive pads, and most stains were no match for quartz.
It comes in vibrant colors in addition to patterns that look like granite and marble.

Cons:
Edges and corners can chip, and you’ll need a pro to repair them.
Some patterns can appear unnaturally uniform, although manufacturers are trying for a more random look closer to natural stone.
Most stains that marred unsealed marble wiped away with water on sealed samples, but hard-water deposit removers left a permanent mark, even on sealed stone.

Soapstone

Soapstone countertops are becoming a more popular choice for homeowners all over the world. It’s a completely natural surface that has a lot of great benefits that you won’t find in rivals such as marble, quartz, and granite. For country kitchens or kitchens with a more traditional or rustic decor, this type of look adds to the overall ambiance of the room.

Pros:
Good for adding the beauty of stone to a low-traffic kitchen.
It withstands heat very well and small scratches can be repaired.

Cons:
It's easily sliced, scratched, and nicked.
Stain resistance is so-so and it needs to be periodically finished with mineral oil.

Gray soapstone
Gray soapstone

If you're not sure you want to put in new countertops yourself, we can offer our qualified help. Find the inspiration you need for your remodeling project, plus the best materials for a new outdoor kitchen here.

Luxury Countertops have the right contractors to help with maintenance or remodeling projects, making home improvement much easier for you.

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