Outdoor Kitchen Cabinet Materials Outdoor kitchen cabinets must be able to withstand heat, cold, rain, and snow. They also should be able to be regularly cleaned to maintain their beauty and use. That means that there are fewer options for materials than inside a home. Outdoor kitchen cabinet materials include:
• Stainless steel: Weatherproof and tough, resistant to stains and corroding, and easy to clean, stainless-steel outdoor kitchen cabinets work with a variety of garden and landscape styles. There are different construction methods for this type of outdoor kitchen cabinet, but the stainless steel should feel very sturdy. One concern: It can get very hot in direct sunlight.
• Polymer: Incredibly resilient to water, polymer is a plastic that doesn't rust or deteriorate; you sometimes find it used in boats and other marine vessels too. It also resists fading and is easily cleaned.
• Stone, brick, or stucco: Often found in pathways or other hardscape landscape accents, stone, brick, and stucco may also be used for outdoor kitchen cabinets. While the frames that the brick, stucco, or stone rest on are sometimes prefabricated, these outdoor kitchen cabinet options must be constructed on-site. That can be an advantage over stainless steel and polymer, though, because stone, brick, or stucco can be custom-fit to any location. These types of materials are also typically very resistant to the elements, although stain-resistance varies.
• Wood: Not all wood is suitable for outdoor kitchen cabinets. Typically varieties such as teak, ipe, and cedar, which can also be used for decks, may be used for outdoor kitchen cabinets. However, any wood outdoor kitchen cabinets must be periodically refinished and resealed. They can fade but are sturdy against the elements if well cared-for.