Finding the Best Slabs for Outdoor Countertops

countertop slabs for your outdoor needsPeople looking to upgrade their backyard with a comfortable lounge space where they can gather, talk, and eat, they’re going to need a countertop to make the space the best it can be.

But the best outdoor countertops can’t be made of just any old stone. There are stone materials that aren’t suited for outdoor use, with quartz being one of the main culprits.

The ideal stones for outdoor countertops include granite, marble, quartzite, and porcelain. We’re going to dive into the details about these slabs.

Marble Countertops

Marble is often looked at as a delicate stone that can’t take much wear and tear. While it’s true that marble is more sensitive than other natural stones, it’s not an inherently fragile material. It can actually handle more than you might think, which is why it’s such a good choice for an outdoor countertop.

Just like when you install it inside, marble needs to be sealed outside. But what’s interesting about this stone is the fact that it ages naturally in the elements. As the years go by, you will notice your marble slabs start to take on a more rustic appearance, which is unique and extremely beautiful.

To keep marble lasting for many years outdoors, we recommend that you choose a honed finish over a polish one and, as usual, clean up spills as soon as they happen.

Granite Countertops

The best outdoor countertops are probably those made of granite. This stone works for an outdoor setting because it’s durable and strong, and it doesn’t bat an eye at weather that it may experience—that is, as long as people keep it sealed. After it’s sealed, it can last for years and years in the backyard.

Unlike quartz, which can fade under direct sunlight, granite takes no issue with it. It’s important to note, though, that we typically recommend light granite outside. Dark granite tends to soak up the sunlight and become hot to the touch, which can be quite unpleasant.

As for variety regarding colorations and patterns, granite has more options than almost any other stones.

Porcelain Countertops

Porcelain countertops are great for the outdoors because of how nonporous they are. They don’t require much maintenance, so if you are looking for something you don’t have to put much effort into, porcelain is the way to go.

Another great thing about this stone is the fact that it comes in so many bold colors and designs. There are a great number of slabs that make a powerful and gorgeous statement outdoors.

This stone is heat resistant, easy to clean, and scratch resistant—basically everything you want in an outdoor slab.

Creating the Perfect Backyard

When creating a backyard lounge area, the best outdoor countertops make the space come together in a way that you will love—you just have to know how to choose the right materials. Luckily, you have the information to make that possible.

We’ve got tons of materials suited for outdoor countertops. To schedule a viewing of our inventory, get in touch with Everest Stone today.