For your next outdoor kitchen project, you will want to consider an attractive and long-lasting material for your cabinetry. Traditionally, materials like brick and stone were commonly used because they are inexpensive, and they are durable in the outdoor space. However, modern solutions have introduced superior materials, like stainless steel, that remain durable over time and require less upkeep.
When choosing the cabinetry material for your next outdoor kitchen project, consider the pros and cons of common materials. In this article, we discuss brick and stainless steel for outdoor kitchens. The stainless steel cabinetry manufactured by Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™ is the best choice for creating luxury outdoor kitchens.
Brick Outdoor Kitchens
Brick has been a popular choice for built-in outdoor kitchens because it is inexpensive, fire resistant, and easily customized. Bricks are very porous, however, meaning they are difficult to clean when liquids are spilled during cooking. This material can be painted to reduce porosity, but exposure to the outdoors will mean periodic repainting.
Working with brick also requires professionals, meaning a contractor on site for weeks. If a brick outdoor kitchen project includes appliances, the bricks may have to be cut to house them. Since bricks are prone to cracking and breaking, this material will require replacement and additional time and cost for maintenance. Based on these considerations, brick is not the most suitable material if you are seeking a luxury outdoor kitchen design.
Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchens
Stainless steel is nonporous, durable, and it will maintain its integrity in the outdoors without cracking or warping. The major drawback is that it is susceptible to rust, stains, and scratches in the outdoor environment without proper maintenance. However, steps can be taken to virtually eliminate these risks. Some proper measures include application of a powder coat finish and keeping components clean and dry with regular maintenance.
Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens manufactures cabinetry using 304 stainless steel or 316 (marine). Our cabinet boxes, as well as doors and drawers, are all manufactured with this material. Powder coating simplifies maintenance and adds an attractive finish to our cabinetry.
Why is Stainless Steel the Best Material for Outdoor Applications?
When choosing the best material for the outdoors, using stainless steel will offer a better return on investment than using brick. While brick is inexpensive, stainless steel is more durable and requires less maintenance and cost over time. It also allows for popular features like different door styles to customize the look of your outdoor space.
Powder coat reduces maintenance and offers a beautiful and vibrant finish to outdoor kitchen cabinetry. Stainless steel cabinetry is easier to install and takes less time than brick laying as well. Choosing a stainless steel outdoor kitchen manufactured by Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers you:
- Durable 304 or 316 grade stainless steel cabinetry in hundreds of sizes in 3” increments.
- A selection of cabinetry types, including base cabinets, appliance cabinets and wall cabinets, as well as seemingly endless options for configurations.
- A variety of powder coat options in bold colors, textures, metallics, and more.
- A selection of hand-crafted door styles to customize your design.
- Preassembled cabinets with professional installation instructions, meaning smaller jobs can be completed in less than a day.
A variety of materials are suitable for outdoor applications. Materials like brick and stone have been traditionally used for outdoor kitchen projects. Stainless steel is a modern solution for the outdoors because of features like durability, attractiveness, and longevity. Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens for a signature powder coated stainless steel outdoor kitchen for your backyard, patio, rooftop, and more.
Learn the benefits of stainless steel by choosing it for your next outdoor project!