Choosing Countertop Material: What is Best for your Outdoor Kitchen?
In the beautiful city of Orlando, average high temperatures can rest in the 70s even late into January and February. As a result of our year-round warm temperatures, there are few better ways to upgrade a home than by installing an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens have proven time and again to be immensely popular with homeowners as they provide a wealth of benefits including:
- Extended Living Space
- Reduced Energy Expenses
- Boosted Curbside Appeal
- Potential ROI Boost During Property Sale
While we can’t imagine a better place to relax during our time off, we must first prepare our outdoor kitchen for the experience. If you are considering the installation of an outdoor kitchen, you need to choose high-quality countertops. The style of countertop you chose for your outdoor kitchen will decide not only the outlined benefits above but also how much you personally enjoy your new kitchen!
Today, we will help you choose the best countertop material by taking a closer look at the three most common outdoor kitchen countertop materials.
When homeowners are looking for an enduring countertop material for their outdoor kitchen environment, granite comes through in a big way. As a durable stone, granite can provide the type of resistance and strength necessary to overcome Florida’s hot summer days and heavy rain.
To better enjoy long-lasting granite countertops, make sure that your professional installation team includes a proper sealant. Outdoor kitchens require proper sealants to protect the materials from the heat, rain, and continuous UV exposure. A proper coat of sealant can also provide protection against mold, mildew, and everyday kitchen stains.
In addition to the sleek and beautiful finish, granite countertops are also revered for boosting the resale value of a property once it heads to market.
- Available in a wide variety of colors, finishes, and sealants
- Highly resistant to fading from sun exposure
- Timeless finish can fit households old and new
Often marketed as the soft rock with incredible attributes, soapstone is a style of metamorphic rock that is shaped over thousands of years. The use of soapstone for crafting bowls and effigies can be traced back more than 8,000 years in the United States alone. Scandinavians even relied upon soapstone during the Stone Age as they transitioned to the Bronze Age.
Here in the present, we enjoy the use of soapstone as a premier material for our outdoor kitchens. Soapstone countertops tend to represent themselves in darker shades, often not requiring a sealant for maintenance as the dark material is resistant to heat. As a material for outdoor kitchens, we enjoy the way that soapstone can withstand rain, direct sunlight, and even the rare cold temperatures that visit Orlando.
- Incredibly durable and resistant to the elements
- Minimal maintenance when compared to other materials
- Applying mineral oil can create a beautiful shine
One of the top materials for outdoor construction, concrete can make a fantastic material when choosing your countertops. Concrete is beloved for its high durability and low cost. Additionally, concrete is incredibly flexible which allows for an entire world of custom finishes for your outdoor kitchen.
One issue that concrete can manifest is color fading due to UV exposure. In order to avoid potential color fading issues, make sure that your professional installation team at Orlando Outdoor Kitchens installs the material with a proper sealant. A properly sealed concrete countertop can prevent cracks, scratches, bacterial growth, and even mold.
- Incredibly flexible material allows for unique shapes and designs
- Durable and long-lasting
- Can withstand the elements
- Affordable material to work with when you are on a budget
While concrete, soapstone, and concrete are three of our favorite outdoor kitchen materials, they are far from the only ones available to you. Discuss your specific needs with the professional insight offered by the team at Orlando Outdoor Kitchen. Other prominent material surfaces include glass, marble, porcelain, tile, and slate.
Let Us Help You Choose the Best Countertop Material!
Creating an outdoor dining oasis can be one of the most rewarding construction projects your home undergoes. Whether you are looking to build an outdoor kitchen to host your friends and family or simply to provide more living space for your home, you’ll need some professional assistance along the way.
Orlando Outdoor Kitchens was founded by siblings Gwen Wakeman and David Moore. Their focus has long been on providing clients in and around Orlando with access to the top outdoor kitchen materials on the market. From pristine outdoor countertops to new kegerator and refrigeration installation services, Orlando Outdoor Kitchens is prepared to make your life outdoors more relaxing than ever.
To better explore the world of outdoor kitchens and their corresponding benefits, take some time to contact Orlando Outdoor Kitchens for an appointment and consultation! We can assist you in choosing and installing the best countertop material for your kitchen. A lifetime of smiles in your outdoor oasis awaits with help from the team at Orlando Outdoor Kitchens!
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