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Our panels are made out of a super high performance concrete material. The product itself is incredibly durable as it is about 3-4 times stronger than normal concrete. The material is reinforced with millions of fibers and composite rebar and has a 100 year rating which is why we back our structures with a lifetime warranty. 

We offer three different options for our countertops – our chiseled edge and clean edge countertops are made from the same concrete material we make our side panels out of. The only difference between the two finishes is the side profile of the countertop. These countertops would come pre-sealed with a food-safe sealer so they are resistant to staining. 

We also offer granite countertops as our third option – our granite countertops have a leathered finish to them, different from polished granite. There are some nuances to installing the granite countertops and they are heavier so you might want to have a contractor involved in the installation if you go with a granite finish.

The islands ship directly from our manufacturing facility in Indiana. When your islands get delivered, they will arrive in wooden crates on pallets. All the components and hardware to assemble your islands will be included inside the crates. 

When your shipment arrives, all you have to do is take apart the crates and start assembling the island piece by piece so you can start enjoying your outdoor kitchen as fast as a couple hours later.

The weight of an island does depend on the appliances and finishes that you select but as a rule of thumb most 8’ islands weigh around 1,000 lbs. – that is with appliances, side panels and countertops. 

Keep in mind that an 8’ island is broken up into multiple pieces, so when assembling your island you will be carrying pieces that generally weigh less than 200 lbs. 

Our outdoor kitchens are some of the lightest units you will find on the market today, that is why there is no need for structural footings with our system. 

This is why you can put our islands on virtually any surface without worrying about your patio or deck being structurally compromised.

We have made our outdoor kitchen system as easy as possible to assemble for most homeowners.

We do however understand that some people might not feel comfortable assembling their RTA island. That is why we have a network of contractors across the country that can do the assembly for you for an additional fee.

When you are working with one of our design experts just let them know that you prefer to have a contractor assemble your island and they will be able to line you up with someone!

We know how important incorporating a bar seating element into your design is if you are looking to entertain, all of our bar islands come standard with a 9-10” countertop overhang. This allows you to comfortably pull up bar stools underneath the countertop. 

RTA’s bar islands are elevated to 40.5” high to meet standard bar seating height so it will work with any standard bar stool that you purchase.

Yeah there are actually many ways we can customize the islands to work inside your space. Because we do ship our islands there are some limitations to certain designs but we have a lot of creative ways to customize things for you. Islands that are larger than 8’ do have to ship in multiple pieces, so if you are wanting the island longer than 8’ at the same height, it will have a seam. there are many ways we can strategically place these seams in the design process so they are less noticeable. Our website and design tool are great places to start, but we would recommend hopping on a call with one of our design experts and they could walk you through potential solutions for you.

Generally the answer to this question is no – to start we have a strategic relationship with Coyote. This means our molds are actually specifically designed around all the Coyote components. 

There are appliances that Coyote doesn’t offer, so in those cases we can incorporate another appliance brand into our islands, however these would be subject to customization fees. It is always best to talk to a design expert here at RTA to guide you through these unique scenarios.

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