Continuing with the theme of spending time outdoors this summer, we take it to the outdoor kitchen this time around. Outdoor kitchens are a great way to entertain friends and family and as such should look great.
Apart from looking great, they should be able to stand up to the punishment they are bound to get from the elements; the hot summer sun and the occasional rain. Check out these great countertops that you can use in your outdoor kitchen that will marry these aesthetic and functional features.
Granite is one of the most common materials used as countertops for the outdoor kitchen. This is because it seamlessly merges the two pros of looking awesome and standing up to the elements.
The granite countertops bring that sleek look of the interior of the house to the exterior but do not look at all out of place. Worried about stains? You can seal the slab of granite but can just as easily leave it bare because the elements will wash away these stains over time.
Granite is also very much loved because of its unbeatable durability and the fact that it is resistant to heat, making it very suitable for the outdoors.
Countertops that are made out of concrete are good because they are very easy to clean and can be easily customized. The latter is made possible by the fact that the countertop is cast in place in any shape that the owner desires.
Concrete lasts a very long time if it is poured properly. This ensures that your outdoor kitchen will stay standing for a long time. These countertops, however, need to be sealed with acrylic so that they do not take up stains.
If you are looking for an economical way to set up an outdoor kitchen, the use of tiles is one sure way to go. The tiles, approved for outdoor use, can either be made out of ceramic or porcelain.
Apart from the fact that they are more affordable than other kinds of material for countertops, these tiles are advantageous in a way that they are very easy to clean and also come in a wide variety of colors.
You can also make a unique outdoor kitchen by using different tiles so that you can have a mosaic countertop. You should, however, choose dark colors for both the tiles and grout so that they do not stain easily.
Marble is an awesome material to use as a countertop. One of its major selling points is the fact that is proffers a rustic charm to your outdoor kitchen. It is durable, very easy to clean and does not stain. As time goes on, the marble will age, but not in a bad way. The more it ages, the more rustic an appeal it gives to the outdoor kitchen.