Outdoor Kitchen Patio: Surface Types
When you are considering an outdoor kitchen patio, there are several factors you need to think about. The first, and most important thing, to think about is the surface upon which the backyard kitchen will be built. While the kitchen can be built on any surface, some are more safe than others.
Wood patios are fine for outdoor kitchens but, logically, the wood probably should not have fire on it. Wood decks come with their own hazards and first and foremost is the fire hazard. You may like the look of a wood floor, but if you intend to build an outdoor brick oven, you might not want to construct it on a wood patio because the heat can scorch the wood—or worse--cause a fire which takes your whole house down, too.
If you install a sink and improperly install the plumbing, a leak can cause a wood deck to rot.
The biggest advantage to a wood deck is that it is cost-effective to build and generally inexpensive to maintain.
Generally wood flooring is not recommended for an outdoor kitchen but if you treat the wood carefully, you might find using wood is satisfactory.
A tile floor for your patio may be a good idea. There are so many different types of tile on the market that you might have difficulty making a selection. You will want to consider whether your choice of tile provides good traction because you need decent traction for your feet and shoes. Textured tile is a good choice for good traction. Next, you need to consider the size of the tile. Larger tiles can be more vulnerable to pressure, but if installed correctly they should hold up without too many problems. Smaller tiles of a solid color are easier to replace, however. Seriously consider the color of gout you will be using because you can better cover up dirt and stains with darker colors.
If you live in a harsh climate, a tile patio floor might crack and you will have quite a time trying to replace them. Climate may also cause your grout to deteriorate too quickly if you have excessive moisture or extreme temperature changes in your area.
In most cases, a concrete patio is ideal for an outdoor kitchen because it can be customized and it doesn’t require special ordering to purchase. You can faux finish, paint, patina, stain, glaze, tint, cut, carve and dye your concrete floor which opens up nearly limitless design possibilities. Concrete floors are also more economical than other types of flooring.
However, the problem with concrete floors is that if water ever gets into the concrete through a small crack or hole, you will end up with far larger cracks as the seasons go by. It’s important to keep your concrete floor sealed and to refinish it every few years. The maintenance can get complex if you live in an area where the ground and water freeze in the winter and then become warm or hot in the summer because concrete floors can’t handle great variations in temperature without literally cracking under the pressure.
Pavers are molded cement blocks that are ideal for an outdoor kitchen. Because they’re smaller individual cement blocks you have the freedom of motion with the ground’s different temperatures throughout the year. You also have the design options of cement being used with pavers and pavers being used in different configurations.
The problem with pavers is that if you ever need to repair or replace one, there’s no guarantee you will be able to purchas an identical one. If you decide to use pavers, buy extra and store them for later use.
Each type of patio floor has its pros and cons, and you should consider all types before you decide on what is right for your patio.