Selecting a Countertop

Making the Right Decision

Once you’ve made the decision to invest in a home renovation like a bath or kitchen remodel, the real fun begins! Depending on the scope of your project there could be several things to consider – from how to pick the best flooring and appliances to how to choose a countertop that meets all of your needs.

Selecting a countertop can be one of the more challenging decisions to make, but by answering just a few simple questions and working with a reputable contractor or local countertop installation expert like Pence Countertops, you’ll get a quality product backed by great customer service, and have a beautiful and functional surface for years to come.

How to Choose a Countertop

In the world of countertops, there are many types to consider, and each is different when it comes to durability, material composition, maintenance and upkeep, cleaning requirements, and of course price tag.

There are options like engineered stone (quartz), natural stone (like granite, slate, or marble), concrete, solid wood, ceramic tile, laminate, and others. But solid surface countertops have become a very popular choice for projects requiring new bath or kitchen countertops.

For over 30 years, Pence Countertops has made solid surface countertops their product of choice, and we’ve become the industry expert for homeowners looking for solid surface countertops in Pottstown, PA, Chester County, and surrounding areas.

Why a Solid Surface Countertop?  

Regardless of which solid surface countertop brand you pick, most have similar characteristics. You get the big advantage of a non-porous surface, which prevents bacteria build-up and contributes to a cleaner and healthier cooking, working, or storage space. With a non-porous surface, you also get the benefit of easy cleanup and low maintenance since you don’t need to reseal your countertop every year, which you might need to do with a porous countertop. And unlike other materials, if you ever need a refresh on your solid surface countertops, countertop refinishing is a convenient and very affordable option.


Solid surface countertops can also replicate the look of most other countertop materials like wood or stone, and often at a lower price point. A visit to our showroom will give you a glimpse into the many options that are available for virtually any design taste.

What to Consider  

Before choosing your solid surface kitchen countertops or countertops for another part of your home there are a few things to think about in terms of the functionality you need and the look you want to achieve.

Color. When picking a countertop, most homeowners base their decision on color. For example, with a kitchen remodel, picking a countertop color that complements the other parts of the space is important. If you’re going with a backsplash that is bold in style or dark in color, then consider a light-color, minimal-pattern countertop. You don’t want prominent kitchen features competing with each other.

Be sure to also complement other kitchen elements such as flooring and cabinets, as well as surrounding elements like wall color, furniture, and even accessories like wall art, shelving, and curtains.

Edging. Selecting a countertop edge might be something you didn’t even realize you need to do – but it’s an important step in creating the overall look of your finished countertop. The edge also affects the feel and function of your countertop, so take time to evaluate your options and choose wisely.

At Pence Countertops, we offer edge selections that range from ½ inch to 1-½ inch. There are a dozen standard profiles to choose from, with some of the most popular choices being square, round, bevel, and bullnose. You can view our available edge selections here. Have a vision for a special edge for your custom countertops? Talk with one of our design experts and see what’s possible.

General Layout of Space. Another consideration that will help determine the best choice for your solid surface countertop is the general size and layout of the space that the countertop is going in.

If you are replacing a smaller space, then you likely want to stick to one style of countertop. But if you’re looking to install new countertops in a larger space that extends to a kitchen island, built-in desk space, breakfast nook, or butler’s pantry, you could consider mixing a primary countertop color and pattern style with a secondary color and style. Get creative!

Contact Pence Countertops

Need help choosing a solid surface countertop for your home improvement project? Contact the experts at Pence Countertops. Our team will walk you through the selection process and answer any questions you have. Then, visit our showroom so you can see and feel your product options before picking a countertop that fits your budget and will look great and last for years.