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Dec 29

Stockett Staff

Caring for Outdoor Granite

by Stockett Staff

Caring for Outdoor Granite

Learn how to protect your granite from outdoor problems.
 

With winter fast approaching, we figured it might be a good idea to talk about the many ways you can protect your outdoor granite from wear and tear due to cold weather. Granite is an incredibly durable material, but frigid temperatures can damage your grill tops and countertops if you fail to take the necessary precautions. Regular cleaning is also necessary to avoid staining.

1. Shield Your Granite

When the temperature dips below 32 degrees, direct exposure can damage your outdoor granite grill tops and countertops. So try to employ some sort of coverage. Overhangs, umbrellas, even trees- something to get between your granite and the elements. You can also build a small gazebo or some other sort of protective structure. Alternatively, you can just choose to install your granite structure on a porch or other covered area.

2. Seal Your Granite

Protecting your granite from the elements starts before you even install your new granite fixtures. First off, make sure that your granite is sealed, and continue to re-seal it on a constant schedule. Wet granite is damaged granite, and constant sealing makes sure that damp snow or frozen rain cannot get to the integrity of your granite structures.

3.  Clean Your Granite

Take up a constant cleaning regiment to ensure that staining does not become a problem. Soap and water are more than enough for most messes, including animal waste and dirt. Also, consider completely covering your granite surfaces with tarps during the fall and winter months to avoid damage from snow and wet leaves. Snow can damage your granite with moisture, while wet leaves can cause staining.

4. Protect Your Outdoor Granite Kitchen

Because of its incredible durability, granite is a perfect choice for outdoor kitchens countertops and grill tops. However, odds are that you aren’t going to be getting much use out of your stunning granite kitchen in the cold winter months. So we recommend not only closing off all water valves, but also removing the faucets.  The cold can ruin faucets and pipes, costing you quite a bit of money in damages.

Have any questions about caring for your outdoor granite in the winter?
 

Winter comes every year, and you’re going to need to know how to protect your outdoor granite from the elements. Don’t have any outdoor granite surfaces yet?  Here at Stockett Tile and Granite, we’re more than happy to help create your dream granite grill top, fireplace surround or anything else you can think of. We serve the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona areas. Give us a call at 480-443-1988 to set up a time to see our dunnage yard, or get in touch through our online contact form to schedule a commercial tile consultation. You can also visit our tile showroom in Phoenix, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

See Also:

Enhance Your Backyard with a Stunning Outdoor Kitchen and Entertainment Area

Sealing Countertops