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Perhaps you’re thinking about installing an outdoor kitchen or maybe you want to put an elaborate bar around your pool area. Whatever the case may be, if you’re planning on using countertops in your outdoor living area, the type of material you choose is crucial. Why? – Because the countertop material will not only impact the overall look of the structure, but it will also impact its durability.

So, what type of countertops should you use for your outdoor living area? Here’s a look at some of the best options to consider that are not only aesthetically pleasing but that are incredibly durable, too.

Granite Countertops

Perhaps the best materials that you can use for an outdoor countertop is granite. The natural durability of this stone (the only naturally occurring material that’s more durable than granite is diamond) makes it an excellent choice.

Plus, it comes in an assortment of colors and patterns, each slab is unique, and it’s easy to maintain, too. It can withstand heat, moisture, mold, mildew, and is resistant to scratches and stains, too.

Quartzite Countertops

Quartzite is another excellent option to consider for an outdoor countertop. Do note, however, that quartzite shouldn’t be confused with quartz, as quartz is an engineered material, and the resins that are used to make the material can turn yellow when they’re exposed to sunlight and the elements. Quartzite, however, offers many of the same traits as granite (it’s highly durable, easy to maintain, and is available in an assortment of colors and patterns), but the look is similar to marble.

Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops are becoming increasingly popular, and they’re a great choice for an outdoor kitchen. It goes without saying that concrete can stand up to all types of wear and tear, as well as the elements, making it ideal for an outdoor countertop. Despite what the name might suggest, concrete countertops are aesthetically pleasing, too.