Tips For Maintaining Your Outdoor Kitchen

Posted May 13, 2021 in Attached Roof System, Blog, Design/Build, General, Outdoor Kitchen, Videos

It’s easy to think of exterior home investments like outdoor kitchens as basically maintenance-free. After all, outdoor kitchens in the Lehigh Valley are built to withstand all types of weather. But much like your interior kitchen, outdoor kitchens in the Lehigh Valley will require some time and attention to keep them in the best possible shape.

Here are some tips to help maintain your new outdoor kitchen in the Lehigh Valley:

  • Protect your outdoor kitchen appliances and countertops

The last thing you want is snow, wind, hail, or even sun damaging your new outdoor kitchen appliances or countertops! Sometimes umbrellas, awnings, or custom-made covers can help, but oftentimes they fail to do the job of protecting your outdoor kitchen appliances and countertops.

Adding a roof structure over your outdoor kitchen will protect your investment and extend the use of your outdoor living space. A roof structure over your patio or deck will provide shelter from the elements and allow you to install features like bromic heaters, ceiling fans, skylights, phantom screens, and more. These custom features will enhance your outdoor living space and extend your outdoor seasons for up to three (3) additional months!

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  • Clean the grill in your outdoor kitchen

It’s easy to fall into the habit of just giving your grill grates a quick swipe with a wire brush before you toss on those steaks. But recent reports have advised that the sharp bristles can get left behind after cleaning and stick to your food, posing a major health risk. A study published by the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery estimated 1,700 Americans went to an emergency room between 2002 and 2014 after having ingested wire bristles in grilled food.

Rather than using a wire brush to clean your grill, consider using alternative cleaning tools. The same report showed that a pumice stone or a coil-shaped bristle-free brush will work just as well. But we recommend checking your grill’s owner’s manual or consulting a professional for recommendations.

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  • Select low-maintenance materials for your new outdoor kitchen

Choosing low-maintenance materials will be crucial to ensuring your investment stands the test of time. But if you have never built an outdoor kitchen, it might be difficult to choose between materials. If you select the wrong countertops, you could get stuck with annoying glares. Or they could attract pollen, be difficult to clean, or just not match your home’s architecture.

We have helped hundreds of homeowners, just like you, build hundreds of outdoor kitchens. This is why we will use our knowledge and experience to help you select the best low-maintenance materials for your outdoor kitchen.

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Planning a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that it is a significant investment. So you might feel overwhelmed thinking about all the important details that will complete your new outdoor living space. You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners– just like you- to help them make all the important decisions about their new outdoor living space. We have worked with customers ranging from areas in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, and Main Line of Philadelphia. Our proven process has helped them design and build award-winning outdoor living spaces that maximize their home value, help families fall in love with their home all over again, and made their backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments! 

Here’s how we do it:

Call –Schedule a design meeting!

Collaborate – Create your perfect plan!

Construction– With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate– Raise a toast in the backyard of your dreams!


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