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Kitchen Countertops

At Allen’s Kitchen & Bath, we’ll help you select the countertop material that’s right for your kitchen and your budget.

Granite, today’s top choice in countertops, is available in a variety of colors, as well as two finishes – polished and honed or matte. Other natural stone materials, such as marble, limestone, and soapstone, are softer than granite and need greater care. All stone countertops must be sealed periodically.Countertop 3

Engineered stone countertops come in a wider variety of colors than natural stone countertops, are more durable and are easy to maintain. The price of engineered stone is comparable to natural stone.

Solid surface countertopsare similar to stone in many respects: they come in many colors, are seamless, resist stains, and scratches can be buffed out. They can be damaged by very hot pans, however.

Wood countertops, like butcher block, are very popular for a “country” look. Scratches can be sanded out and cleaning is easy, but water damages butcher block so wood countertops must be oiled frequently to seal the surface.


Countertop 2Concrete countertops are gaining in popularity, especially for a very modern-style kitchen. There is some maintenance required to keep concrete countertops looking their best.


Laminate is the most affordable countertop material available and comes in a wide variety of colors and designs. Laminate can scorch if a hot pan touches the surface, but it has become more scratch-resistance in recent years.


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Countertop edges can be square, radius, bullnose, bevel, egg, or ogee, based on countertop material you choose.

Your Allen’s Kitchen & Bath designer will help you decide what countertop surface is right for your look. You can even use more than one type of material – maybe butcher block in your chopping area or a section of countertop in marble if you bake often. “There are so many choices in countertops today,” says Patti Willey of Allen’s Kitchen & Bath. “It’s easy to find the right material for your new kitchen.”

Try this Countertop Selector from Dupont® to get an idea of the type of countertop material that’s right for your kitchen.



Dupont Corian

Dupont Zodiaq


John Boos Butcher Block

Silestone Quartz

Wilsonart Laminate

397 Railroad St.
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Upstairs at Allen Lumber
502 North Main St.
Barre, VT 05641
707 Stonecutters Way
Montpelier, VT 05602