Choosing Countertops for outdoor
A common negative point of many outdoor kitchen
designs is the lack of ample counter space. Not having
sufficient counter spaces for preparation and serving
always turns out to be inefficient and you spend a lot of
time picking pans and cutting boards to find an open spot
Design your countertop space for efficient work triangle.
Your Grill , sinks and other essential equipments must be
directly accessible.If you are planning to have counter space
to eat food make sure to have 15 inches depth and 24 inches
width per person .
The choice of material for countertops depends
on your kitchen requirements. The following are commonly
- Porcelain tiles are relatively
inexpensive and are available in a wide variety of colors,
sizes and trims. Porcelain tiles however are not suitable
for cold climate areas.
- Granite is a popular choice for outdoor
kitchens. It is very convenient cleaning a granite
countertop. Because of it's ability to retain heat, granite
is not recommended for outdoor kitchens which are directly
exposed to strong sunlight.
- Concrete counter tops are the most durable variety and
will do well even in the most harsh weathers. You can
blend in color and stones to make the color you desire.
Left in its natural state, unsealed, concrete is porous and
will stain. Therefore Concrete countertops have sealers
applied for water and stain resistance.
- Flagstone counter tops require little
maintenance beyond routine wiping off of excess water to
prevent mold and removing debris. They are however
susceptible to staining and discoloration.
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