Should I Cover My Outdoor Kitchen?

When our team finishes an outdoor kitchen project, customers often ask whether they need to keep the grill, countertops, appliances, and stonework covered. After all, it’s supposed to be weather-resistant and will last for years outside, right?

Well, at Marlowe’s We Care, we think it’s important to properly cover and maintain your outdoor kitchen. Here are some ideas we share with customers to help them protect these spaces and keep them working properly for years.

Outdoor Kitchens are Durable: When our team builds an outdoor kitchen, we use products from trusted manufacturers designed to hold up well against rust, color fading, and damage from the weather. A new outdoor kitchen constructed with high-quality cabinets, countertops, and grill will serve you well for years before any components need to be repaired or replaced. Based on our experience, regular maintenance and proper covering make a big difference in the longevity of these units.

Wear and Tear: Even though outdoor kitchens are built to withstand the elements you need be aware that weather eventually takes its toll. Whether it’s covered or not the sun, rain, and wind will cause gradual wear. Keep in mind that even outdoor kitchens covered by roof extensions or awnings still feel the teeth of extreme weather.  All outdoor covered kitchens can benefit from covers, especially in the off-season when they aren’t in regular use.

Protect the Grill: The part of your outdoor kitchen that’s most susceptible to weather-related damage is the grill. It’s smart to find a weather-resistant, durable cover that fits your grill well. Grill covers prevent debris and moisture build-up that causes to corrosion or other damage and are especially important if you aren’t using your outdoor kitchen during the fall or winter.

Don’t Skip Regular Cleaning, Maintenance: Keeping your outdoor kitchen clean anddoing routine maintenance such as sealing countertops and scrubbing the grill will extend the life of the kitchen components. When the equipment is clean and dry it’s better protected from weather-related damage. Covering this space also means you’ll have an easier time with maintenance and the kitchen components will function more efficiently.

Your Outdoor Kitchen is an Asset: When deciding whether to cover an outdoor kitchen it’s important to remember that it’s an investment. Quality outdoor kitchens have the potential to significantly raise the value of your home. If this space isn’t properly covered (including countertops and appliances) and maintained that value can drop and you’ll be paying for replacement parts to restore its looks and functionality.

Work with an Experienced Outdoor Kitchen Designer in Hampton Roads, VA

At Marlowes We Care, we can’t think of a better way to enjoy life than grilling outside. That’s why when we build your ideal outdoor kitchen, our goal is to create an atmosphere where you can cook, eat, and play with friends and family. Contact us today to learn how we can work with you to customize an outdoor kitchen build that delivers a fantastic final product and fits your budget.