Here are the pros and cons of a ceramic outdoor kitchen

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Outdoor kitchens are crafted from a variety of materials, ranging from wood to concrete, metal, and ceramic. Each material comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. One material that is gaining significant popularity is ceramic. We observe ceramic being applied in interiors, gardens, and, consequently, in outdoor kitchens as well. In this blog, we will delve into the pros and cons of this unique material for bespoke outdoor kitchens.

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Christiaan Morren
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In recent years, we have witnessed a growing trend in the use of ceramic as a construction material
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What is ceramic, and why is it so popular?

Ceramics come in many varieties, including earthenware and porcelain, but also glass and diamonds fall under the category of ceramics. In this blog, we focus on ceramic countertops as they are applied in outdoor kitchens. This type of ceramic closely resembles natural stone. The key distinction lies in the fact that ceramic is manufactured in a factory rather than being sourced directly from nature. Natural minerals are compressed under very high pressure, a pattern is then 'printed' onto it, and it is fired in an oven.

In recent years, we have observed an increasing use of ceramics as a construction material. It finds applications in various areas, such as floors, kitchen countertops, or bathroom tiles. The outdoor kitchen domain is no exception, with COOXS utilizing the premium ceramic material Dekton for their countertops.

The Advantages of Ceramic

Natural stone is traditionally extracted from quarries in countries like Spain, Italy, and India. Unfortunately, this process often involves child labor and has negative environmental impacts. In contrast, ceramic is produced through a mechanical process in modern factories, promoting environmental sustainability and eliminating child labor. Beyond its eco-friendly production, ceramic offers several other benefits. It is an exceptionally hard material with a dense, closed surface that prevents the absorption of dirt. Whether dealing with citric acid, wine, or other corrosive substances, ceramic remains unaffected.

Ceramic obtains its color and texture in factories, resulting in an extensive range of colors and varieties. From concrete looks to sophisticated marble structures, ceramic offers a wide array of options that are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

The Disadvantages of Ceramic

Like any material, ceramic also comes with its drawbacks. Despite its hardness, ceramic is also brittle. Particularly on the edges, there is a risk of chipping under point loading. Therefore, it is crucial for ceramic to be professionally processed. The experts at COOXS have considerable experience in this regard and understand what to watch out for during production and installation. Once the ceramic countertop is securely installed, the risk of damage is significantly reduced.

Additionally, ceramic is a relatively expensive material. Both the production and processing of ceramic require a significant amount of manpower and machinery. The additional investment in ceramic is reflected in the high-quality end result and the material's extended lifespan.

Overall, at COOXS, we are big fans of ceramic. Its impressive technical properties and luxurious appearance elevate every outdoor kitchen to a class of its own. For more information about a ceramic outdoor kitchen for your home, feel free to contact us for an obligation-free consultation.