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Vermont Kitchen Design
Countertops are considered the jewel of the kitchen. Today there is a vast selection of materials to choose from for your project. Like cabinetry, there is a countertop for every budget.


Laminate countertops are constructed with a thin sheet of plastic resin covering a plywood or particleboard base. Advancements in printing technology and edge options allow laminate to mimic many natural materials.

Pros: Stain resistant • Easy to clean • Low cost            
Cons: Heat damage • Not scratch resistant • Susceptible to moisture damage           

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops mimic the look of natural stone, but without the maintenance. Solid surface offers a variety of color possibilities and design options.

Pros: Moisture resistant • Does not fade or age • Easy to clean • Virtually seamless once installed
Cons: Can be scorched • Not scratchproof • Heat damage

Natural Stone (Granite & Marble)

Stone is a durable material that stands up to the demands of an active kitchen. Stone's natural variations in color and textures make each countertop unique. The most popular stones are marble and granite, but soapstone is also commonly used.

Pros: Durable and long lasting • Classic material • Heat resistant
Cons: Naturally porous (needs to be sealed) • Softer stones can chip or dent


Another natural material used for countertops, soapstone has attributes that make it an appealing option. Soapstone fits the character of old New England and made its debut in many of our classic farm homes in the early part of the century.

Pros: Durable and long lasting • Does not stain • Easily repairable • Heat resistant
Cons: Requires treatments • Scratches easily • Softer stone can chip or dent


This engineered surface is a blend of quartz and pigments that have the look and feel of natural stone. They are available in a variety of colors and textures. Traditionally only available in uniform patterns, some manufacturers are now offering even the movement of natural stone.
Pros: Non-porous • Heat resistant • Stain resistant • Scratch resistant • Easy to clean
Cons: Doesn’t have the natural look of real stone • Costs as much a real stone


Wood countertops add instant warmth and charm to your project. Butcher block is the most common type of wood countertop, but crafted wood slabs are also available. Wood is great as a prep-area surface.

Pros: Withstands cutting and chopping without dulling knives • Long-lasting and timeless material
Cons: Vulnerable to heat, moisture, acid, and stains • Expands or contracts with climate change • Requires sealing and regular maintenance

Stainless Steel

Commonly used in commercial applications, stainless steel is a versatile surface. Its industrial look often makes its way into contemporary design, but can also find a home in any natural décor.
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