Stone Countertops for Your Outdoor Kitchen: Dos & Dont’s
In an outdoor setting, certain stone varieties will only last you so long. When choosing stone countertops for your outdoor kitchen, your priority should always be durability first, and looks second. Before you start building, make sure to consider these natural stone options for your outdoor kitchen.
Stone Countertops That Are a NO:
A porous stone like marble might look amazing at first, but is more prone to stains and scratches, leaving you with grease or wine splattered countertops. In fact, while it is a hard countertop material to the touch, it is actually a soft stone compared to other countertop options. For that reason, the weather will wear it over time. That is something to keep in mind if you’re looking for a one-time investment that will keep its shape for years to come.
Quartz remains one of the most popular kitchen countertop materials for this year. Quartz countertops are undoubtedly gorgeous, but aren’t the most practical in an outdoor setting. When exposed to extreme heat, quartz is likely to discolor and warp. Extreme heat is impossible to avoid during a Louisiana summer so it’s better to use this material for your indoor countertops.
Stone Countertops That Are a GO:
Granite is a popular, durable option. It stands up well to the elements, is resistant to stains and odors, is less prone to damage, and shouldn’t fade in the sun.
With granite, we recommend choosing a mid-range color. Darker stones will absorb heat, which can become uncomfortable to touch after long days in the Louisiana sun.
Dekton is a fairly new material that is becoming more common in Baton Rouge homes. It is an extremely durable material, which is why it’s gaining popularity primarily for outdoor kitchens.
Dekton is highly resistant to ultraviolet (UV) light and will not fade or degrade over time, making it perfect for these Louisiana summers. Most countertops are stain-resistant, but Dekton boasts being stain-proof. Stubborn stains like wine, coffee, markers, and rust wipe right off.
Styling Your Outdoor Kitchen
Who says function, durability, and beauty can’t all work as one? Once you’ve made the decision on which material to use, you can now move to the most fun part—styling your stone countertops for your outdoor kitchen.
This includes everything from picking out color preferences to finishing touches. Lately, dark gray granite and leather finishes are trending. A leather finish is a newer style that is gaining more traction in the design world. It features a soft sheen that is less than polished, providing more of a textured appearance.
There are many stone countertops for outdoor kitchen spaces. At STONE, we can help you select and install the materials that are right for your space. To learn more about our products and services, call us at 225-663-6845 for our Lobdell location or 225-293-2225 for our Airline Highway store. You can also reach out to us via our contact form online.
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