Surface Summary: Outdoor Kitchen Countertops Options
When it comes to choosing materials and surfaces for your outdoor spaces, there are more factors to consider than in interiors. The unpredictability of weather means you need to choose your materials wisely and design your outdoor spaces with your climate in mind. The versatility of Architectural Surfaces selections provides many practical benefits for homeowners, designers, fabricators, architects, and builders with true flexibility and freedom when it comes to exterior design. To help familiarize you with outdoor material options for your countertop, let’s explore our offering:
Granite is the ideal material for an outdoor area. Granite is natural, durable stone that will last in nearly any environment. It is offered in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Granite is easy to maintain and while no stone is completely resistant to UV fading, granite is much less susceptible than other stones and is also very hard to scratch. If you want to keep your granite looking fresh for decades to come, the occasional application of sealer will keep your countertop protected against the elements.
Soapstone is another durable option that requires little maintenance and holds up well to all types of substances, namely acidic foods, and liquids. Soapstone also does not require any type of sealer as it is an extremely dense material and is naturally non-porous making staining of little to no concern. Design wise, it does not provide many varieties as soapstone generally appears in darker tones. These darker tones rarely fade in direct sunlight but will cause the surfaces of your countertop to heat up easily. Soapstone is another great option for any outdoor kitchen if you’re looking for a solid, darker toned color.
Quartz is often thought of as a nearly invincible countertop option for all areas of the home, which is why most people are surprised to learn that it should NOT be used in outdoor applications. Quartz can fade rapidly from UV exposure. It’s best to avoid quartz at all costs when looking at outdoor countertop materials.