You want your outdoor kitchen to be beautiful—and durable. After all, what good is that gorgeous countertop if it can’t stand up to a harsh winter. If you’re installing an outdoor kitchen countertop, read on for crowdsourced replies to help you select a material that can weather the elements all year long.
Peter Despotopoulos

Peter Despotopoulos

Peter Despotopoulos is the Market Relations Director at Moro, a Visual Search and Marketplace platform focused on Home Furnishings & Interiors.

Granite for outdoor kitchen countertop

Aside from its high cost, granite is the number one choice for an outdoor kitchen countertop. It is very durable and will not be damaged by the sun or heat. It is not a porous stone so it will not absorb stains easily, especially if coated and sealed properly. As for design, there are about 200 different granite colors and varieties to choose from.

Giant porcelain tile panels

The latest greatest craze in countertops is giant porcelain tile panels. These thin panel sheets are harder and more stain-resistant than granite, concrete, and quartz. They resist UV-light and come in all sorts of colors and patterns that can mimic the looks of natural stone.

James Upton

James Upton

James Upton is a CTEF certified installer, NTCA Ambassador, and trainer for Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels. Find him at DIYTileGuy.com
Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams is a commercial builder by trade and now the resident expert at Workshopedia.com.

Soapstone

The best stone to use for an outside kitchen is soapstone. It is excellent as it is relatively maintenance-free and incredibly hard-wearing. It is also often cheaper than examples such as granite and marble.

If money isn’t an issue then marble looks fantastic and can come in long pieces that will fit the whole length of your countertop.

Stone veneer

Manufactured stone veneer allows you to create beautiful and authentic outdoor spaces in less than half the time as compared to traditional building techniques and materials. The strong, yet lightweight material is designed to adhere easily to a variety of structurally sound surfaces and does not require additional wall ties, concrete footings, or bending rebar, making it easier and less costly to install versus natural stone.

The manufactured stone veneer uses a distinct, handcrafted process that creates the natural color palettes and nuances of natural stone and is equally able to withstand harsh outdoor elements, including strong winds.

Sarah Lograsso

Sarah Lograsso

Sarah Lograsso is the Director of Marketing for Boral North America’s stone division of brands (Cultured Stone, Eldorado Stone, Kindred Outdoors and Surrounds, StoneCraft and Dutch Quality)

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