When designing your outdoor kitchen, you’ll quickly realize that one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is about the outdoor kitchen countertop materials. The countertop material that you choose will impact the durability and longevity of your outdoor kitchen. We recommend choosing from one of three main options.
Tiles can be used to create a beautiful countertop design. By using stone, you can craft any pattern that you’d like using a wide array of colors. If you do use tiles in your outdoor countertop design, it’s important to use an acrylic sealer. This is the only way to protect your countertop and ensure its longevity.
Many homeowners have also chosen to use glazed ceramic tiles. The tile is stain-resistant and easy to clean. This may be an easier and cheaper method than using stone, but you may lose some design capabilities as a result. Glazed ceramic tiles often come with finish pieces for edges and corners, so it will be easy for your contractor to complete your project.
If you choose a tile outdoor kitchen countertop, you’ll need a solid subsurface installed underneath.
Granite is a rugged material that is well-known for its beauty. These countertops are very strong and do not need a subsurface. Quality granite is the most beautiful natural stone option available for an outdoor kitchen, but it is also the most expensive. Typically, those with granite countertops view them as an investment that will last a lifetime.
Granite is very heavy. Because of the weight and the cost of the stone, it’s highly recommended that a professional contractor installs granite countertops.
Concrete may not be the first option that pops into your mind when considering countertop materials, but it should be. Concrete gives pool owners a lot of flexibility with the design because it can be textured and colored in a variety of ways. Like granite, concrete is durable enough that it will not need a substrate.