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Why is Stainless Steel the Best Option?

By UJJBARAN October 19, 2021

Like concrete, stainless steel is another durable and popular outdoor kitchen material option. Stainless steel is a metal alloy of iron and other metals, with at least 10.5% concentration of the element chromium, which deters the stainless steel from rusting. Outdoor kitchen cabinets are typically manufactured using 304 or 316 (marine) grade stainless steel, and both are durable options – with 316 providing additional corrosion resistance. These grades of stainless steel are resistant to heat and chemicals and will not fade or crack. However, bare stainless is still susceptible to corrosion, rust, stains, and scratches in the outdoors if it is not properly maintained. Powder coating the stainless steel is a highly recommended option to minimize maintenance.

In comparing concrete with stainless steel for a perfect outdoor kitchen design, you will want to determine which material will last longer, remain durable, require less maintenance, will be the most cost-effective in the long run, is more attractive and customizable, and can withstand the weather over a long period of time. Although concrete is initially more cost-effective than stainless steel, it will end up being pricier in the long run. A concrete outdoor kitchen will hold up well enough outdoors, especially if the outdoor space is shaded from the elements. However, as the finish degrades, parts of the structure especially on a concrete counter space will eventually need to be repaired or replaced completely to maintain the structural integrity. Stainless steel is ultimately the better outdoor kitchen cabinet material overall due to limited maintenance and longevity, especially when powder coated.

To help preserve the appearance, concrete can be painted, and stainless steel can be powder coated. Painted concrete will fade from weathering and the porosity of concrete makes it extremely difficult to clean, especially when preparing and cooking food. While both materials must be maintained regularly, The stainless steel cabinets are UV resistant and require very little maintenance – regular cleaning with mild soap and water will do the trick. Our color palette also includes bright and dark colors, textures, metallics, and even realistic wood grain finishes for the ultimate customization. Your cabinet finish will remain vibrant despite facing years of weather effects.

Concrete can be tricky, as it is susceptible to breaking or cracking, which diminishes the integrity of the structure. As a result, installation is simple and convenient. On the contrary, concrete is messy and difficult to work with, requiring a contractor or mason to be on the jobsite for weeks at a time for installation – hardly convenient!

Although concrete and stainless steel are both common materials for outdoor cabinets, stainless steel is the better choice for the perfect outdoor kitchen design. Concrete pales in comparison to stainless steel in terms of the longevity and ability to withstand weathering in the outdoors. For the best return on investment and to ensure that your outdoor kitchen will last for many years, powder coated stainless steel is by far the best option.

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