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Installing Granite Countertops Outdoors January 20, 2016

Outdoor Granite Installation

An outdoor living space is great for entertaining. During the spring and summer months most people want to spend time outside grilling. If you have been thinking about adding an entertaining and cooking space to your grilling area, think about the addition of a granite countertop.

Granite Countertop Benefits

A granite countertop can be a great addition to your outdoor space for several reasons. First it allows you to have extra space for preparing food or serving food to guests. It also can be used as an additional dining area. Just add a couple of barstools and you will have an intimate dining experience. The convenience and luxury that a granite countertop will add to your outdoor space will be the envy of all of your friends and neighbors. In addition, a granite countertop will add value to your home.

Granite countertops work great outdoors because they are a natural stone that holds up well to changes in temperature. Pittsburgh’s changing seasons will be of no concern with a granite countertop. With a little care granite can handle the extreme summer heat, as well as the harsh cold of the winter.

Granite Countertop Maintenance

Your granite countertops will require some minor maintenance to keep them looking good for years to come. When you first install your countertop you may want to check to see if it needs to be sealed. Sealing your countertop will help resist moisture and keep stains at bay.

Outdoor Countertop

Whether you decide to seal your granite countertops or not, it is still recommended that you keep your countertops covered while not in use. This will help to not only keep them clean, but also prolong their life by not exposing them to the sun’s rays or harsh weather conditions.

To keep your countertops clean you can simply hose them off and/or use a mild detergent to scrub off stains. Keep in mind that you may need to resurface and/or reseal your granite countertop over time. Just like with any natural surface, wear can occur even when following the strictest of maintenance routines.

If you decide to install a sink in your granite countertop keep in mind that temperature changes from freezing and thawing can cause the sink to naturally expand and contract. Over time this can put pressure on your countertop and cause hairline cracks.

Winters cold weather isn’t the only concern when maintaining your granite countertop. Extreme heat may cause the natural stone to fade if it has prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays. Also, the heat can cause the granite to become very hot to the touch, so always use caution in hot weather.

If you find yourself spending a lot of time outdoors grilling and entertaining your friends and family, then the addition of a granite countertop may be right for you. Contact the experts at Lexmar USA to discuss installing a granite countertop in your outdoor space.