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Outdoor kitchens are a wonderful bonus to any home. Whether you like to entertain large groups of people or just enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, an outdoor kitchen not only extends your family’s living space, but it also adds value to your home. Cooking is both easier and healthier in an outdoor kitchen as well.
The Countertops are the primary place for food preparation and serving, but they also provide an extra level of protection for the cabinets and appliances below. That’s why protective and weatherproof outdoor materials are so important. Countertops in your outdoor kitchen maximize workspace and beauty in a variety of materials and colors.
Granite may be the best option for an outdoor kitchen countertop. It’s UV and scratch resistant and is nearly nonporous, so it’s very water resistant. Marble can work perfectly as well, if you get it honed and don’t worry about etching and staining too much. Marble is extremely durable and will age beautifully outdoors, especially for those who like the rustic look and also a easy clean-up, essential for years of use.
Maintaining Your Outdoor Granite Countertops
Your new granite countertops will look fabulous but how should you keep them looking that way? Talk to our professionals to see if the countertops require a seal. Sunshine and rain will naturally wash away stains from food, but if the surface is absorbent then you can apply some kind of sealer to prevent spills from things like wine or mustard from leaving behind a long-term mark.
Otherwise for general cleaning, you should be able to hose off your granite countertops and then use a non-abrasive detergent to remove surface dust and dirt that builds up from pollen, food spills, and other bits of general outdoor grime. A good way to slow down the buildup of gunk on your counters is to leave them covered when not in use if your outdoor kitchen is not covered by any kind of a roof or awning.
Sun, rain, hail, and snow will take a toll on your countertops. Just like natural stone that wears down over time from exposure to the elements, granite countertops in an outdoor kitchen will wear down over time, too. Keeping them covered and having them re-surfaced on an as-necessary basis will go a long way toward extending their longevity though.