All About Outdoor Kitchens & Patios

Outdoor kitchens and patios are an excellent way to enhance the functionality and aesthetics of your backyard. Adding soapstone and slate counters, sinks, and tiles to these spaces can elevate that functionality to a whole new level. Let’s explore why you’ll want to use custom soapstone and slate in your kitchens and patios, as well as the maintenance requirements (hint: not much!) and other reasons we love these beautiful natural stone choices.

Benefits of Soapstone & Slate for Outdoor Kitchens 

Natural stone is always the best choice for outdoor spaces because of its durability. But some stone works better than others, and soapstone or slate are the top choices for durability in your patio or outdoor kitchen.

Durability and Strength

One of the most significant benefits of soapstone or slate is its durability and strength. These natural stone varieties can withstand harsh weather conditions and maintain their aesthetic appeal for years. Soapstone and slate, in particular, are dense and non-porous, making them ideal for outdoor kitchens and patios. They do not absorb water, so they won’t crack due to ice. Because of their stain resistance, you don’t even need to cover them in the fall.

Aesthetic Appeal

Add a luxurious but rustic look to your outdoor kitchen with soapstone or slate surfaces. Slate is commonly used for patio, walkway pavers, or treads, so using it as a countertop creates an impact on your outdoor space.  While both soapstone and slate are strong enough for outdoor use, they’re also soft enough to add designs and custom edge details to any surface.

Slip Resistance

Slate and soapstone have a naturally slip-resistant surface, making them a safe choice for outdoor walkways and patios. At Garden State Soapstone, Slate & Wood Countertops, we only sell high-quality soapstone and slate, so you can be confident your pavers or treads won’t crack due to weather conditions or wear and tear.

Resale Value

Like the interior of your home, investing in natural stone for your outdoor kitchen and patio can increase your home’s resale value. The timeless beauty and durability of soapstone or slate make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

Maintenance Requirements

One of the reasons we recommend soapstone or slate for outdoor spaces is the low maintenance requirements. No sealing is required, so that’s one less thing to mark on your calendar.


Natural stone is easy to clean and maintain. Use a soft, damp cloth to regularly wipe down the counters, and simply hose or power wash pavers or treads. Both soapstone and slate are naturally anti-bacterial, so you don’t need to use harsh chemicals. However, neither will be damaged if you choose to use strong cleaners in your outdoor kitchen.

Treating Soapstone and Slate

To keep your natural soapstone or counters looking great, it is recommended that you use The Original Soapstone Wax™ or The Original Soapstone Oil™ periodically. The Original™️ Soapstone and Slate products are 100% natural food safe, easy to use, and will make your outdoor countertops look brand new.

Can I use slate or soapstone for outdoor sinks?

Absolutely! Soapstone and slate are popular choices for outdoor sinks. These sinks can be customized to your exact needs, with the dimensions created for how you use the space. For example, sometimes homeowners want a deep outdoor sink to rinse vegetables before throwing them on the grill. Maybe your sink will be used primarily for gardening, and you want a large area to fill pots, cut flowers, and rinse away the debris. When you build a custom sink from natural stone like soapstone or slate, anything is possible.

Use natural stone in nature

Natural stone counters, sinks, and tiles are a perfect addition to outdoor kitchens and patios, but soapstone and slate have the unique properties that make them an ideal choice for these spaces. With minimal maintenance, they can maintain their beauty and functionality for years. 

When you work with Garden State Soapstone & Slate, you’ll have professional fabrication and installation, creating anything you can dream up. We only provide the highest quality stone, so you know it will stand the test of time (and weather!). We look forward to creating an outdoor space you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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