Outdoor Kitchen Countertops
Whether it be indoors or outdoors, two elements that bring a kitchen together are the cabinets and countertops. Ample counter space is essential for food preparation if you plan to do a lot of outdoor cooking and entertaining in the backyard. When choosing your countertops for the outdoors, remember the durability is critical. Outdoor kitchen countertops need to last over time and withstand seasonal climate changes, but also need to have a right look and feel to match the design of the outdoor space. This can be difficult, as not every countertop material is built for the outdoors, easy to maintain and clean.
Outdoor Countertop Materials
Traditionally, granite, soapstone, tile and concrete countertops are the most popular materials for outside kitchen countertops. Although each has benefits, all options require maintenance, such as sealing – and even then, these natural materials are subject to environmental stresses. For instance, moisture will permeate the surface of a light soapstone countertop and after time the repetition of freezing and thawing will cause chipping and cracking.
- Tiles can come in many styles. However, tile countertops are highly susceptible to cracking and typically the only option you have is to replace it. Replacing broken tiles can be problematic as it might not be possible to find the exact match.
- There are many types of stone countertops. For instance, outdoor granite countertops are known for their durability but tend to be costly and therefore may not be feasible for everyone.
- Concrete countertops are difficult to stain and durable, similar to granite countertops, but often fade over time.
The Best Outdoor Countertop
Other than natural materials, man-made materials are another option for outdoor kitchen countertops. Compact Sintered Materials are man-made options that are popular, as they perform the best in the outdoors. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens recommends two options for countertops.
Dekton® by Cosentino®
This new and innovative material is a combination of quartz, porcelain and glass formulated into an ultra-compact surface that is non-porous, UV-resistant for color stability in the sunshine, durable, virtually indestructible, and impervious to staining. This makes it the best outdoor kitchen countertop material.
This material can handle harsh weather. It’s resistant to thermal shock against heat, frost and thawing which enables Dekton outside countertops to be used in any climate and a multitude of outdoor applications. The wide range of colors and finishes pairs well with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchen stainless steel cabinets. See the installation instructions tab on our resources page for recommended installation practices when using Dekton with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens stainless steel cabinetry.
Lapitec combines the best qualities of materials like ceramic, porcelain, stoneware, quartz, marble, and granite. It is made from a mixture of these materials that are melted together with high heat and compressed with a patented vacuum vibro-compression technology.
This material boasts superior qualities, such as resistance to temperature fluctuations, UV rays, and bacteria. It is also non-porous, and the surface will maintain its appearance and integrity due to its consistent appearance internally and externally. It is easy to install and will remain durable through all types of weather conditions.
To learn more about countertops for outdoor kitchens visit Dekton® by Cosentino® and Lapitec today! Additionally, check out our outdoor countertop ideas blog for more information. With the innovative outdoor countertops and our cabinets, there are infinite possibilities to create a luxurious outdoor kitchen design.
Choose the color and style below to match your countertops and stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens help transform the outdoor living space.