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Over the years, quartz has been outdoing marble, granite, and laminate as a trendy option of kitchen countertop material. Indeed, quartz is an ideal material for kitchen countertops for its beauty value, practicability, durability, affordability, and excellent performance. In particular, quartz stone can perfectly withstand the harsh conditions in the kitchen. Consequently, many people would regard quartz countertops as a safe and good choice for outdoor spaces like outdoor kitchens and lounges. Is that true? Can quartz countertop be used for outdoor kitchens? Let’s dive into this topic.
Quartz countertop has been a practical surface for the outdoor kitchen, particularly in the summer. Quartz stone is capable of handling scratches, and wear when cooking food because it has a very hard surface. What’s more, any stains or spills are not a tough task to clean up for quartz stone is maintenance-friendly with correct methods. Generally, the damp rug with clean water or cleaner should be fine. Besides, quartz stone comes in various colors and patterns that add lots of decoration value to an outdoor kitchen.
Under outdoor conditions, sunlight is the first factor that you need to consider. According to the data, around 10% of sunlight can give UV radiation that leads to chemical reactions on the surface of the quartz countertop. As a type of engineered stone, quartz can be directly exposed to sunlight because it is UV resistant. However, the resistance is not 100% and has limitations.
Quartz stone can withstand high temperature but too much sunlight may cause some damages like yellowing and discoloration.
An outdoor kitchen is a space where sunlight is exceeded. If your quartz countertop is directly exposed to sunlight for a long time, its surface may fade. Too much sunlight is beyond the limitation of the quartz countertop’s UV resistance. The overexposure can cause a destructive chemical reaction of the resins and engineered pigments used for making the quartz countertop. Over time, that will lead the countertop to discoloration, especially if you install a dark-colored one. What is even worse, the quartz slabs may have a crack problem that will need professional repair.
The appropriate way to install a quartz countertop in outdoor kitchens is to add a cover to it. To keep quartz sheltered aims to protect its surface from overexposure to sunlight.
On the other side, it is also important to protect the quartz countertop from direct contact with constant high temperature. It is recommended to put some heat-insulation pads on the quartz countertop. This can prevent the hot pans and pots from directly contacting the surface.
Viva is a leading and professional manufacturer of quartz countertops, which can perfectly be used for kitchens, bathrooms, window sills, etc. If you want to learn more maintenance tips and our quartz products, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!