Choosing Countertops for an Outdoor Kitchen
How to choose countertops for your outdoor kitchen
One of the biggest choices you have to make when designing your outdoor kitchen is what kind of countertops to install. The countertops are easily the focal point of your whole outdoor kitchen. They are the surface where you will prepare and place your food, and they are a part of the kitchen that everyone is going to notice very strongly. Therefore it is very important to make sure that the countertops you pick are going to give you the look and functionality you want in your outdoor kitchen.
Choosing your countertop material
The first thing to choose is what kind of countertop material you want. Natural stones such as granite are very popular choice. Concrete is another popular choice with a slightly lower price tag. Quartz is a luxurious countertop material that is almost luminescent in the sunlight. Dekton is a composite material that blends glass, quartz, and ceramic to create a beautiful countertop surface that has very low porosity, for a much lower price than other countertops that are equally as beautiful.
One of the things to consider when choosing countertop material is how porous it is. All natural stones are somewhat porous, which means that they must be sealed with a protectant, and that protectant needs to be re-applied regularly. Otherwise, anything from spills to rain could stain your countertop. If you choose a highly porous stone, you may want to consider a darker color so that it will not show stains as badly. On the other hand, a very nonporous material can safely be ordered in a lighter color as it is less likely to stain.
Choosing your countertop color
Obviously the color you choose will depend on how porous the material is that you have selected for your countertop. It will also depend on the look you want in your outdoor kitchen. Whites and light grays look very beachy, and they also have a relaxed warmth about them. Dark colors such as blacks, dark browns, and dark grays look sophisticated, strong, and somewhat masculine. Beige and ttn colors are the obvious choice if you are using a faux wood grain powder finish, and they are also a great way to set off natural stone such as sandstone anywhere else in your outdoor kitchen.
Choosing your countertop texture
There are three textures you can choose from for your countertops:
Polished countertops are glossy. They are stylish and beautiful, and are therefore very popular. They do show scratches, though, which can result in an unsightly look.
Honed countertops are just as smooth as polished countertops, but they have a matte finish that does not show scratches as well. Therefore they do a great job of combining style with functionality in a countertop you will enjoy using, not just looking at.
Rough countertops show the grain of the stone. They do not have the sleek sophistication of polished countertops, but are perfect for a rugged, rustic looking outdoor kitchen.
Whatever type of countertop you choose, Custom Image Hardscapes has it in stock. Give Custom Image Hardscapes a call today!