Outdoor kitchens have become more popular over the last several years, and more and more homeowners continue to consider this home addition every year. These convenient additions take your cookouts and barbecues to the next level, turning your backyard into a fully functional kitchen and entertaining space. If you’re considering building an outdoor kitchen in Buckhead, here are some materials you should consider using for the counters.
Granite is a timelessly popular choice for kitchen countertops, so why not bring this gorgeous material outdoors with you? Whether indoors or out, granite is an incredible durable material that will not only stand up to your use but will stand up to the elements as well. It’s resistant to heat, doesn’t scratch or chip easily, and resists staining when properly sealed.
If you want to use granite for your outdoor kitchen’s countertops, both polished and matte finishes will work well to repel water and resist stains. However, please make sure that you have those counters stained periodically; if you don’t, water can seep into the granite and cause stains.
Marble has been used as a building material for ages and was desired for its refined beauty. It came to symbolize wealth and class and was often only found in the wealthiest of homes. It’s incredibly durable, though it can nick and scratch, so it’s best to use a cutting board. Like granite, you’ll also need to periodically stain it to repel moisture and prevent staining. However, if properly cared for, marble can make a great outdoor countertop.
Quartz resembles natural stone, but it’s made from a blend of resins, stone chips, and added pigments. It’s a great material for an outdoor kitchen, as it’s specifically engineered to stand up to extreme use. It’ll withstand chips, scratches, and staining, and is heat resistant as well. So, you can do anything from chopping to placing a hot pot directly on your quartz counters without concern.
Unlike natural stones, quartz is nonporous, which means it repels water and stains all on its own. There’s no need to worry about sealing these counters—ever. This material will weather anything you or Mother Nature can throw at it while requiring virtually no maintenance. However, some people find the look of quartz to be a bit too uniform. Manufacturers are working on engineering quartz that more closely mimics the look of natural stone, but for now, if you truly want the look of stone countertops, you might want to go with a different material.
Limestone is another naturally beautiful stone, but it’s much softer and more porous than either marble or granite. This makes it more susceptible to scratching, chipping, and staining. So, if you plan to put your outdoor counters through the wringer, limestone may not be a great option. But, if you don’t intend to use your outdoor kitchen too heavily and you’re okay with using a cutting board, limestone could still work for you. With proper sealing, limestone should repel rainwater just fine. But you’ll want to wipe off any standing water to prevent it from staining.
If you’re not sure which material is right for your outdoor kitchen, contact us to get an expert opinion on what might fit your needs and your budget. Whether you want granite or marble kitchen countertops in Buckhead for an indoor or outdoor kitchen, Atlantis Granite & Marble, LLC, can help. Give us a call today at 678-292-6600 to get started on your project.