Choosing Stone Material for an Outdoor Countertop, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic factors to be considering when choosing an ideal countertop surface for an outdoor space on your property. Variables like exposure level, weather and your space available will all play a role in which stone material you choose for such a countertop need, plus themes like future maintenance and cost.

At Creative Granite, we’re happy to offer a wide range of custom granite countertops, quartz countertops, marble countertops and many others. Which of these surfaces will be best for you given your outdoor countertop needs and the other variables we’ve gone over to this point? Part two of our series will dig into choosing the ideal material and the factors that will play the biggest roles.

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Quartz

When it comes to design and aesthetics, few options are better than quartz in terms of a countertop. Quartz comes in a huge variety of colors and styles available, allowing you to match a variety of existing aesthetics or create an entirely new theme at your discretion.

Now, there are some potential hazards to be aware of with quartz in an outdoor setting. Specifically, the bonding resin used to hold the stone together may not be equipped to handle extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum, both hot or cold. For this reason, we recommend avoiding it if such temperatures will be common – but utilizing it if there isn’t a complete exposure and temperatures won’t hit extreme ranges on a regular basis.

Granite

On the other end of the spectrum here will be granite, which is known specifically for its incredible durability against hot, cold and even various moisture-related outdoor conditions. As long as you take some very basic care steps and maintenance themes for your granite countertop, it can sit in full exposure to the outdoor elements without risking any significant damage.

In addition, granite offers a variety of colors available. It brings a natural and calming aesthetic that often matches the outdoor space we’re discussing here.

Marble

Finally, likely the least ideal of these three stone options for outdoor use is marble. This is because marble is not generally able to withstand long periods of exposure to any weather elements, from temperature to moisture and even high winds in some cases. For this reason, we don’t generally recommend marble for outdoor countertops – though it can be used for table worktops that are moved inside and outside based on the conditions.

For more on choosing the ideal stone countertop material for your outdoor needs, or to learn about any of our solid surface countertops or related services, speak to the staff at Creative Granite today.