Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Countertop

by paul
(nova scotia,canada)

QUESTION:

What is your opinion of stainless steel for outside counter top and possible pros and cons?


ANSWER:

I've never been asked this or had someone consider it, but in some areas a stainless steel outdoor countertop may be fine.

Granite outdoor kitchen countertops can certainly get hot if exposed to sun, but steel would be extremely so.

And very reflective too, so they will be hot just to stand around and very bright on the eyes.

Now if the outdoor kitchen countertop will be covered or shaded or the temperature doesn't get too hot, then this is not an issue.

Stainless steel presents easy clean up and maintenance although when constantly exposed to weather is still may show some wear.

Stainless steel countertops are expensive since they require skill to fabricate and not many can do it. Now maybe you can find an old stainless workbench from a restaurant or something like that may work for an outdoor kitchen.

And depending on your outdoor kitchen design and the size you may be able to find an all-in-one stainless steel outdoor kitchen base that either rolls in or installs in components.

Unless insulated somehow, stainless steel countertops are loud. Just setting a plate down can make an annoying sound.

Aesthetically stainless steel countertops have a much more utilitarian look to them and really don't convey any real style and certainly not luxurious or up-scale like granite.

Now I know stainless appliances have been a hot fad for a while now, but that's a bit different than having a whole indoor or outdoor kitchen countertop. It could be a bit overwhelming... again depending on size and design.

Stainless steel countertops don't have an achilles heel when considered for an outdoor kitchen like man-made quartz or some colored concrete countertops, so no big point to argue against using stainless.

If you like it and can find a fabricator or perhaps a modular outdoor kitchen system, then do it, but I'd definitely provide adequate shade.

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