There are various types of materials used to build outdoor kitchens. A well-built kitchen can withstand tough conditions, whether natural or man-made, and last for a long time. You should choose materials that can endure high temperatures and typical accidents, such as liquid spills, grease, and stains. One of the most complicated procedures in building an outdoor kitchen is constructing the base or structure. It’s important to do some research and to select a strong and durable material for your kitchen. Additionally, be sure to hire a professional and experienced contractor who can build a safe kitchen for your home.
One of your framing options is wood or plywood top. This material is generally the most affordable choice up front. However, it can be very risky, due to the fact that wood can burn and can also be damaged by insects. Also, wood will most likely rot and shrink even if treated. On the whole, wood is not a highly recommended option for your outdoor living space, but if you still prefer a wood-framed base, make sure to use pressure-treated pine so the base can endure extreme heat generated by the grill. Cover the inside and outside of the structure with a cement backer board to protect the base from heat and water.
Many homeowners go for brick, as this is typically easy to work with, resistant to fire and bad weather conditions, and relatively affordable. These materials also allow you to customize your kitchen completely. If you choose to have a concrete block kitchen, you can use decorative concrete panels, stone, tile, and stucco as facing materials, although facing materials are not necessary since your brick kitchen will already have a gorgeous finish. Be sure that the structure is constructed on a solid, level slab of concrete for best results.
One of the most popular and highly recommended materials for outdoor kitchens is steel, which is a strong, durable, and versatile material. It can endure strong winds and extreme temperatures very well. You can use steel frames to build either a simple or elaborate outdoor kitchen. You can also use a cement backer board to skin the structure and use tile, stone, or stucco as facing materials.
Whether you choose wood, concrete, or steel, make sure to hire a trusted expert who has a proven track record in building outdoor kitchens. Invest in superior materials to get a quality, durable, and long-lasting kitchen that won’t put you and your family at risk, or require costly repairs in the next few years. At Platinum Fence & Patio, we have a team of professionals with years of experience, and we can help you build the best kitchen for your home. Call us now if you have any queries about outdoor kitchens.