If you are a homeowner in the Tampa or St. Petersburg area, outdoor living is a part of everyday life. With sunshine aplenty year-round, residents of these areas have the privilege of enjoying more activities outdoors, including cooking and entertaining. Enter outdoor kitchens. Outdoor kitchens are an obvious choice for the greater Tampa area because they allow homeowners to take their cooking and entertainment outside. Seeing that outdoor kitchens are so popular and such an obvious choice, it leaves many questions about which materials are best to use. The countertops, which probably take up the majority of the surface area of the outdoor kitchen, will play a vital role in how the outdoor kitchen looks and performs. In this blog, we will examine the best countertop materials for your new outdoor kitchen project.

Leathered Granite Countertops

The original choice and arguably the most cost-effective option are granite countertops, or even better, leathered granite countertops. Granite itself is known to perform well outdoors. When outfitted with a leathered finish, the smooth polished finish is erased, which often shows blemishes and changes in the surface. The leathered finish is much more rugged and hides more of the stone’s imperfections. In addition, there is no pristine polished finish to be altered, which makes any type of wear and tear you are likely to see in an outdoor kitchen less apparent. Leathered granite will also be more scratch-resistant than its polished counterparts.

Porcelain Countertops

Porcelain countertops are another fantastic choice for outdoor kitchens. The reason being is that porcelain is the most stain-resistant material on the market, making it more resilient next to heavy-wearing appliances like the grill. The material is also UV-resistant, so the UV rays from the sun won’t bleach the pattern away. Porcelain countertops are also very scratch-resistant, which is another good quality to have when using the surface next to a grill.

Sintered Stone Countertops

Sintered stone countertops are very similar to porcelain countertops and boast many of the same characteristics. Sintered stone is likely to come in more finishes than porcelain. This material is also incredibly durable, making it an excellent option for outdoor kitchens. Like porcelain, sintered stone is highly resistant to stains, scratches, and UV rays, ensuring your outdoor kitchen remains beautiful and functional for years to come.

Leathered Taj Mahal Quartzite

Another suitable countertop material for outdoor kitchens is quartzite. Quartzite, like granite, performs even better outside with a leathered finish. A stone like Leathered Taj Mahal Quartzite would be a great option for an outdoor kitchen for someone with a larger budget. Be aware that quartzite on average runs more expensive than granite, so if budget is a concern, it would make more sense to lean towards granite. Leathered quartzite provides a stunning, durable surface that can withstand the elements and heavy use.

Quartz Outdoor Countertops

Last but not least, we often get many inquiries about using quartz for outdoor kitchens. However, quartz is not rated for outdoor use nor is it rated to be next to incredibly hot surfaces like a grill. The material is likely to bleach in the sun and crack near high heat. Some outdoor-rated quartz has come onto the market but has had little time to be tested. It is best to stick with the tried and true materials which have been performing well on outdoor kitchen countertops for years.

When planning your outdoor kitchen in Tampa, choosing the right countertop material is crucial for both functionality and aesthetics. leathered taj mahal, porcelain countertops, sintered stone countertops, and leathered quartzite like Taj Mahal Quartzite are all excellent choices. Each of these materials offers unique benefits that can enhance your outdoor cooking and entertaining experience.

At AGS Stone, we specialize in providing high-quality countertops for all your kitchen needs, including outdoor kitchens. Visit our website at www.tampagranitecountertops.com to explore our range of products and get started on your outdoor kitchen project today.

By considering the right materials, you can create an outdoor kitchen that not only looks beautiful but also stands the test of time, providing a perfect space for cooking and entertaining in the great Tampa outdoors.

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