Can Engineered Granite Be Used Outdoors?
There’s nothing like cooking a meal and hosting a party outside, but doing so successfully requires more than a few grilling tools and a package of paper plates. Serious entertainers invest in an outdoor kitchen, replete with all the amenities and luxuries of an indoor one. While granite is the most popular material for countertops in the main kitchen, some people hesitate to install it outdoors for fear it can be damaged by weather or rowdy partygoers. Fortunately, there’s a solution that can ensure your festivities are gorgeous and free of damage: engineered granite. Making your ideal outdoor space just got easy and affordable. Here are all the ways engineered granite is perfect for an outdoor setting.
Natural granite is already known for its hardiness. It can withstand scratches, heat and most stains very well, but it’s still a porous surface. Engineered granite, on the other hand, is nonporous, so there’s zero risk of stains, and it never requires sealing. Imagine all the friends and family you have over enjoying red wine, cheeseburgers and condiments. Spills are destined to happen, but with engineered granite you never have to worry about any accidental messes becoming permanent eyesores. Plus, it’s built to take a licking and keep on ticking without chipping. Trend Stone resists scratches, chips and breaks.
Traditional granite countertops are easy to clean; that’s part of the reason so many homeowners love them. With a simple wipe of water and a touch of detergent just about any grime, from melted cheese to cake batter, cleans up with ease. Unfortunately, standard slab granite requires resealing yearly while engineered granite does not. It’s this low maintenance upkeep that helps make it perfect for outdoor use. You don’t have to worry about what long term or heavy use will do to your gorgeous countertops either. Trend Stone comes with a lifetime warranty.
While admittedly not as inconvenient as going without the main kitchen, no one likes having to wait around for construction to finish to take advantage of newly installed amenities. Natural granite slabs are installed over a period of a few days to a week or more, and it can call for a great deal of demolition. Engineered granite installs in one day, so you can throw a party and show off your brand new digs in record time. That way, you never miss a sunny day ideal for grilling, and you don’t mess up your landscape with building materials. Of course, most backyard kitchens are new and not renovated, but the process is still simplified with engineered stone.
Available in Dozens of Colours
All types of granite, both natural and engineered, are available in a wide array of colours and patterns, from oily blacks to calming blues and every color in between. Finding the perfect look for your décor is a breeze. One of the nicest features of engineered granite is the uniformity of colour. Every piece of slab granite is unique, so what you see in the store may not be what arrives in your home, and hiding seams can be incredibly difficult. Not so with engineered stone. It’s manufactured from real granite, quartz and stone to have a homogenous appearance, ensuring you get the exact style you love and seams that are expertly hidden.
Durable, beautiful and low maintenance, nothing beats engineered granite when it comes to choosing the perfect material for your outdoor kitchen. And despite all these benefits favouring manufactured granite over slab, it has one more to add to the list: affordability. So if you’re looking to create a patio that’s inviting, functional and stylish, Trend Stone engineered granite is the right choice, both indoors and out.
Connect with us today to talk about your unique outdoor kitchen and the engineered granite options that will work best for you.