Outdoor Kitchens

Why do I need an outdoor kitchen?

Outdoor kitchens are becoming quite the necessity for families all over America. It’s becoming a trend all over whether it’s a Saturday BBQ with family and friends, a graduation party, or even an adult outing, outdoor kitchens are a great addition to any house. There are many benefits of having an outdoor kitchen especially in the Southwest Florida region. One of the many benefits of having an outdoor kitchen is the comfortability the kitchen gives to the outdoor space. Florida is known for its sunny weather, instead of going inside for a cold drink you could indulge in a cold beverage while you relax on your outdoor patio. Instead of cooking inside, like you do every night, you could kick back and relax outside while you cook and enjoy the beauty of Southwest Florida.

Flooring is one of the most important decisions you will need to make when creating your outdoor kitchen. If you’re looking to add warmth and beauty nothing compares to genuine hardwood flooring look. Engineered wood floors are great alterative for having the natural look. One of the benefits to having engineered wood floors is they behave a little differently than solid plank floors do. They tend to be easier to install and are usually less expensive than solid hardwood. Because they are not made of pure wood engineered wood is able to withstand the Florida weather. Wood tiles, another weather-proof flooring option, are becoming increasingly popular. Wood-look tiles are easy to clean and maintain. You don’t have to be as strict with cleaning methods or have to worry about damaging tile with children or pets. If damage does occur, you can replace a single tile, or multiple tiles, easily without having to redo an entire section of flooring. With wood tiles you should consider putting down new sealer every 3-5 years to keep moisture from seeping into the tile or group due to the humidity in Southwest Florida.

Another great flooring option for an outdoor kitchen is Bamboo flooring. Bamboo flooring is highly durable flooring choice. Bamboo can be subjected to extensive usage without damage and can stand up very well to the abrasion caused by high traffic. Bamboo floors are tough enough to resist the impact of falling objects in the outdoor kitchen as well as other high traffic areas such as the outside environment. Another great thing about Bamboo floors is that they are more scratch resistant than most hardwoods. They are actually comparable in hardness and durability to some of the most commonly used hardwood flooring materials such as oak and maple.

Bamboo flooring provides a warm environment through its natural growth patterns plus it adds a level of coziness to an interior. Much like cork, bamboo flooring is one of the most environmentally friendly wood flooring options, because it is made from a highly renewable source. It is actually a grass that re-grows after it is strictly monitored and harvested. Sustainability, renewability, and simplicity of maintenance all make bamboo flooring a very “green” flooring material indeed. Plus, bamboo is easy to clean because it does not require any chemicals for maintenance.