Once you turn your backyard into the hangout space that you’ve been dreaming of, you might find yourself never wanting to leave home again. The perfect eating area, lounge spot, and entertainment space don’t just add value to the time you spend with family and friends, but it also adds monetary value to your home as a whole.
What turns a backyard space from good to great is the perfect countertop. To make sure that your outdoor space can withstand the elements while looking as good as the day you had it installed, you have to invest in the correct material.
At Marble Granite World, we know a thing or two about where countertop materials perform best. We know what works great inside and what will serve you best outside, and we put together this article to share that information with you. We’ve taken the guesswork out of choosing an outdoor countertop material.
Keep reading to learn more about the four best materials to use for outdoor countertops.
Whether the countertop is inside or outside, granite is the most popular choice among many of our customers. This material is super durable, and it also comes in a variety of different looks. So, not only will it stand the test of time, but it’ll also look good doing it.
As long as granite is sealed correctly, it’s resistant to damage caused by heat, stains, and liquids. This, along with its toughness against chips, mold, and mildew, make it an option for outdoor spaces that not many can pass up. You won’t have to worry about the color of your granite becoming faded by the sun, getting stained by rain or snow, or capturing moisture to encourage bacteria.
The last thing you want is to cook on a surface that’s a bad-smelling germ hub—something that mold and mildew can turn a countertop into. But not granite!
Granite will look great in your backyard for generations. As long as you take care of it, it will take care of you.
Quartzite is yet another material that’s known for its durability and toughness. Weather won’t be able to damage this stone because it’s liquid resistant and heat resistant too. As long as you keep up your sealing schedule, there’s not much that has the ability to harm this stone.
Other than regular sealing, there’s not much maintenance that quartzite calls for—and that’s a big reason why people love it. All you need to keep it clean is soap and water; those things alone will keep it looking shiny and new.
Treating your quartzite with care will help it last even longer in your backyard. We recommend using potholders (to rest hot pots and pans on) and cutting boards (to prevent etch marks from knives) so your countertop can always look its best.
Marble can be used for outdoor use but it shouldn’t be your first choice. Since it’s a softer stone it can get damaged being outside. Choosing a honed finish over a polished one will most likely serve you better with marble in your backyard. Using a honed finish toughens marble up a little bit, and choosing a polished one makes it more vulnerable.
Marble ages naturally—and that’s something that a lot of people love about it. As time goes by, marble will gain a rustic and natural look as the rain washes out its stains and blends in the etch marks. If you’re looking for a stone that has a lot of personality, marble is your best bet.
The Best Outdoor Countertops
We know that the outside of your home is just as unique as the inside, which is why you need a fantastic countertop for your backyard space. At Marble Granite World, we want to help you turn the plans that you have for your yard into a reality. If you have questions about outdoor countertops or would like to schedule a consultation, give us a call at (336) 585-8674.