Being outdoors is a year-round luxury when living in the sunshine state of Florida. Floridian homeowners want to add beautiful outdoor spaces so they can easily enjoy the benefits of the mild, sunny weather. Choosing the appropriate stone type that is both functional and durable is essential when it comes to choosing stone countertops for a Florida outdoor kitchen. Granite, Quartzite, Porcelain, and Sintered Stone are all beautiful options for outdoor countertops, and each have their own strengths when it comes to functionality when used for outdoor kitchens. 

Granite Outdoor Countertops

Granite is a natural stone and is a very durable material. It is extremely resistant to scratches and staining and can last for decades with proper care. When it comes to outdoor kitchens, granite is one of the most popular choices because it can easily withstand the elements. From severe weather, even hurricanes, to direct sunlight exposure, granite can handle it all and remain as beautiful as the day it was installed. 

Outdoor granite countertops can also handle exposure to heat without issues. From high weather temperatures to heat from grills, stovetops, fireplaces, and more, granite will not warp or fade under high temperatures. TGP (The Granite Place) carries a wide variety of granite options, including our TGP Value Stone Collection that provides you with quality stone while keeping your budget in mind. 

Porcelain and Sintered Stone Outdoor Countertops

When it comes to choosing countertops for outdoor spaces, porcelain and sintered stone are ideal options for many reasons. Porcelain and sintered stone outdoor countertops are extremely durable and resilient, withstanding the harshest weather conditions. These engineered stone options are great for outdoor applications because they are fade resistant to UV radiation exposure. 

Sintered stone and porcelain are practical choices for busy outdoor kitchens because they are resistant to fire and high temperatures. In addition, porcelain and sintered stone outdoor countertops are very resistant to staining and damage from the elements making them an ideal choice for outdoor spaces, as they will not only look beautiful for years to come but will also be able to withstand all types of weather. 

Porcelain and sintered stone countertops are also very easy to install because these stone types are lighter weight than most other stone materials. Porcelain and sintered stone are available in a variety of colors and designs, and even come in patterns that look like natural stone, so you can find a look that fits your outdoor design aesthetic perfectly. TGP’s Porcelain and Sintered Stone Collection includes over 50 colors and patterns.

Quartzite Outdoor CountertopsQuartzite slab detail

Quartzite is a natural stone that can provide a one-of-a-kind stylish look for any outdoor space. With the open pattern of marble, it is an easy way to bring the luxurious marble-look to your outdoor countertops. Quartzite is a naturally occurring material, meaning no two pieces of quartzite outdoor countertops will ever be the same. Its unique texture, designs, and color options allow for a truly personalized outdoor countertop. 

Quartzite is a non-porous material, meaning it is resistant to staining and damage from water. It is also highly scratch resistant as it is an extremely hard material (even harder than granite) and can withstand the elements making it a great choice for outdoor applications. Quartzite is also heat-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor cooking. As Quartzite becomes increasingly popular for in-home use, TGP will continue to expand on its ever growing Quartzite options.

No matter which stone type you choose for your outdoor countertops, there are many options available based on wants and needs of an outdoor space. Whether you are designing an outdoor kitchen, dining area, bar, or more, TGP has superior stone selections in a wide variety of colors and patterns that can give you inspiration to start planning your outdoor countertops today! Visit one of our Florida showrooms in Sarasota, Pinellas Park, Fort Myers, and Orlando.