Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular in the Delaware and Maryland areas. If this is the year you are considering installing an outdoor kitchen, you may be confused as to which countertops make the best choice. You want something that looks good but is durable and is going to last. Of all the materials you can use, the most popular are stone, concrete, and tile.
Stone looks good and seems durable. The problem with most stone, however, is that it is by nature porous. This makes it difficult to keep it from staining easily. If you are considering stone, look more toward granite, as it is less likely to fade in the sun. It is also tougher and less resistant to stains and odors.
Concrete is becoming a popular choice because it is strong and looks good. However, if not careful, it can crack—especially if it is installed incorrectly. The good news is that concrete can be found in a variety of colors, which makes it easy to match with the rest of your outdoor kitchen. It is essential to get any concrete countertops sealed regularly to prevent cracking.
Tile is not only inexpensive, but it also comes in such a wide variety of colors and styles that there is a look that suits everyone’s taste. In Delaware, tile is subject to the freeze-thaw cycle that can cause it crack. You can avoid much of this by choosing special freeze-proof tiles and using a darker colored grout to start.