Published at Monday, October 16th 2017. by Beaufort Girard in Countertops.
While granite remains one of the most popular kitchen countertop options in residential kitchens, it's not the only surface that's trending now. Stainless steel, a longtime staple of commercial kitchens thanks to its heat-resistant and hygienic properties, is a material that's recently gained in popularity. Another popular countertop material, butcher-block offers a striking but practical (and eco-friendly) addition to the kitchen.
In an outdoor setting inferior craftsmanship will deteriorate quickly. When choosing outdoor kitchen countertops your priority should always be durability first, and looks second. Otherwise, you'll find your investment going up in smoke.
Planning enough counter space is your priority here. A total of 36' of 24"-deep counter is the bare minimum. Select a material that will suit the style of your house and your cooking style. Your best choices are natural stone, concrete or tile. If your heart is set on a manufactured countertop like quartz or recycled glass, talk to the manufacturer first. Most use pigments that are not designed to stand up to outdoor use, so if the counter is exposed to UV rays the color may change over time.
Stainless steel is another top countertop choice that works with a variety of kitchen styles. Since it's a nonporous metal, it doesn't have to be sealed and is naturally antibacterial, making food preparation and cleanup a cinch. Another bonus is that stainless steel is easy to clean with soap and water; dry it with a clean cloth to reduce water spots. For tough stains or scratches, stainless steel cleaner is available.
Other ways to achieve the patterning and texture of stone is through concrete countertops with aggregates like recycled glass remnants. In addition, laminate patterns can mimic the veining of stones like marble—a popular choice on the high-end spectrum of kitchen design.
Stone, metal, wood, marble, concrete—which surface will best complement the style of your kitchen? Which surface will provide the best return on investment? Which is designed to last a lifetime?