Quartz: The Latest Trend in Countertops

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There was once a time when granite was the only word you’d hear in terms of dream countertops. With its classic elegance and great value, it’s no wonder granite has reigned at the top of the interior design most-wanted list. And although granite remains one of the most popular choices in countertop materials, there is a new material on the scene; quartz. Quartz has seen a huge surge in popularity recently and has become one of the most coveted trends in countertops for the modern home, for both kitchens and bathrooms alike.

So, what makes quartz so appealing? As experts in quartz countertops for the Twin Cities, we’ve come up with some of the reasons why we think quartz is so popular right now.

Quartz is No-Fuss

Quartz are man-made as opposed to granite which is natural. Quartz countertops are formed with about 90% quartz and 10% binders like polymers, resins and various pigments. Thanks to this unique makeup, quartz is non-porous making it easier to clean and fend off bacteria. Keeping them clean is easy, and this is especially good for those who lead busy lives and/or have large families or a lot of activities going on. You don’t need to worry about having them resealed, and you just need to be sure to keep them clean with water and a soft cloth. That’s it!

Quartz is Versatile

Quartz countertops come in a wide range of colors and styles because of its manufacturing process. Manufacturers are able to produce quartz countertops in everything from solid colors to imitation stone that looks like the real thing and much, much more! Quartz countertops come in a huge variety of colors and patterns, so it won’t really matter what color your cabinets are or any of the other features in your new kitchen or bathroom. With so many styles to choose from, you are sure to find a style to match your home’s unique décor.

A Great Investment

Thanks to quartz’s durability, it can prove to be extremely cost-effective in the long run. So, when you’re looking to update your kitchen countertops, quartz is a great investment and can even help sell your home later on.

And these are just some of the great reasons to choose quartz countertops! For more information on quartz countertops for your Twin Cities home, call us at Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903, or you can feel free to contact us to get a Free Online Estimate.

Beautiful & Renewable: Solid Surface Countertop FAQ

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Over the many years as an expert countertop fabrication and installation company, we have given much advice to our customers about how to choose the best solid surface countertops for their Hudson WI home. When remodeling a kitchen, bathroom or other room and choosing the countertop material that will work best for your unique household; you will also likely have a few questions about solid surface countertops. At times it can be difficult to figure out which countertop material is the right one for your home and family, so we are here to answer some of the most common questions we’ve received about solid surface countertops.

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Q: What are solid surface countertops made of?

A: The material is a combination of acrylics or polyester resins along with an inert filler material. Consumers looking for the most creative design options from a long-lasting countertop surface look to the half-inch thick, 100% acrylic/acrylic blend. The reason these types of countertops are so popular is because they are easily installed and repaired, but they are also a great complement to any room in the home.

Q: What are some of the major benefits to installing solid surface countertops?

A: Special features unique to solid surface include inconspicuous seams, elegant coved or set-on backsplashes and decorative edge details. They also come with an extended manufacturer’s warranty. They are even suitable for shower walls and seats.

Q: Are there many stylish options in solid surface?

A: Solid surface countertops are extremely customizable. They don’t just come in one or two colors. They are available in a wide range of colors and designs, so you are sure to find the perfect countertops to match your kitchen or bathroom décor. They are versatile in design and application, including several stylish and seamless sink style options.

Q: Are they durable? How often do they need to be replaced?

A: A certified professional can renew the surface to its original state in a few hours – rather than replacing worn-looking countertops. You don’t need to worry about bacteria growing on them either; solid surface countertops are non-porous so they will not harbor bacteria. Plus they are easy to clean and don’t require any special cleaning products.

No matter what style you choose, solid surface countertops are a wise long-term investment that look great and last for many years. So, when you’re ready to learn more about solid surface countertops for your Hudson WI home, call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Don’t Cramp My Style: Top Kitchen Countertop Trends for 2017

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Don’t let your outdated countertops cramp your kitchen’s style. Your kitchen says a lot about your home. And, there are many elements that work together to create the style and ambiance of your kitchen. You must consider colors, finishes and materials. That’s why we’ve collected what’s hot and what’s not in the world of countertops in and around Woodbury.

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If you’re looking to remodel your home this summer, one of the first key points of renovation is in the kitchen. The one thing that can cause your home to appear outdated or make it less appealing when trying to sell your home is the countertops. Replacing them with new ones can not only instantly updates the look and feel of your entire kitchen, but can even become the very focal point and what you love most about it. A professional kitchen renovation may even improve the value of your home. When deciding on what will give you the most return on your investment for your upcoming renovation or sale, consider these top trends for 2017:

Natural Stone

It’s all about quality materials in 2017. If you’re looking to update your kitchen with a great looking, lost-lasing material, stone is a great choice. Consider granite or quartz for highly coveted, durable style. Granite is equally smooth and cool as marble, and it has the added benefit of requiring less maintenance. More people are catching on to how effortlessly granite kitchen countertops enhance a kitchen’s style and ambiance.

Quartz also comes in a unique variety of styles. Quartz is currently enjoying a surge in popularity, the biggest reason can be attributed to the many advances in creating the stone’s aesthetic look, like the addition of organic-looking swirls, patterns, styles and variations.

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops are great because they can easily be altered to fit your needs and wants. They can be seamlessly integrated in combination with your kitchen sinks. You can choose practically any edging style or even add a matching backsplash. There are so many colors to choose from when it comes to solid surface countertops. These are available in a huge variety of colors and designs, so finding the ideal countertops to match your kitchen will not be challenging.

Many Shades of Grey

This neutral hue is bound to last. No matter what material countertops you choose, grey is making a huge comeback in the kitchen this year.

No matter which trend you go with, it is important to get countertops from the experts! We will help you find the right style for you and your unique home.

Are you interested in learning more about new countertops for your Woodbury home? Call Imperial Counters today at 651-437-3903 for a free estimate!

Formica Countertops for Stylish Affordability

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Formica countertops can provide chic affordability for a variety of decor. They work well with an array of cabinetry, tabling and flooring. It is amongst the very best options on the market today and is immensely popular among homeowners seeking out cost-efficient means of getting new countertops that don’t sacrifice on style and will be a pleasure to look at for decades to come. There are so many great reasons to choose Formica laminate including:

  • It’s easy to stay within your budget when you choose Formica laminate.
  • Formica laminate and other brands have come a long way in recent years. They’re even better-looking now than they were even 10 years ago, and there are many more color options.
  • They are long lasting. Stains and heat are no problem with these countertops.
  • Formica laminate offers you several different edging options like wood bevel accent, 180 wrap, wood edge and more.

When you choose stunning Formica laminate for your Bloomington home build or remodel, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to keep them looking their best for years to come. The Formica laminate installation experts at Imperial Counters have come up with a list of tips to help you care for your lovely new Formica laminate countertops.

Common Sense Care

Hot pads. Make sure to use hot pads with your Formica laminate countertops to help protect from scorching and burns. Any hot material left on the surface for too much time will cause the laminate to separate from its core material.
Cutting board. Implement the use of cutting boards to protect against scratches. Don’t chop, slice or hammer directly on your Formica laminate. And, be weary of sliding ceramics or other abrasive materials.

Keep them Clean

Spills. Don’t allow spills to sit. Wipe up any messes as soon as you can and be mindful especially near any seams. A non-abrasive cloth with the help of a gentle soap will eliminate stains and keep your countertops clean.

Gentle cleaners. A mild soap or detergent is the optimal option for cleaning up your spills. Do not use a cleaner that contains sodium hypochlorite, acid or alkali. Specific types of cleaning agents to avoid include chlorine bleach, lime scale removers, metal cleaners, oven cleaners and tub/tile cleaners. Most all-purpose type cleaners are often a good choice.

Are you interested in learning more about Formica laminate for your Bloomington home? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Choosing the Right Granite Countertops for Your Unique Twin Cities Home

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Homeowners all over America have been choosing granite for their home’s countertops for several decades. In the distant past, your granite selection may have depended strictly on the stone available from your local quarry. But today’s homeowners have the opportunity to purchase granite from all over the globe. With so many colors, patterns and styles to choose from, it can be overwhelming when trying to decide which granite countertops are best for your home’s décor.

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Granite countertops aren’t just beautiful, elegant and luxurious; they are also incredibly durable and resistant to stains, burns scratches and heat. At Imperial Counters, we install granite countertops in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, so we know a thing or two about choosing the right slab of granite for your unique home. That’s why some of our experts have come up with a few tips to help you along the way:

1. Pick Your Color Scheme

It’s important to incorporate your new granite countertops harmoniously with your new or existing home’s color scheme. Here are a few color tips to consider:

Dark brown cabinets should be complemented by granite countertops with an old-world look light to medium in shade or have beige or brown speckles.

Light or neutral cabinets like medium brown look great with granite countertops that are grey, white or beige.

Cherry wood cabinets look best with granite featuring rose accents.

Oak cabinets in medium or light brown look great and create an eye-catching appeal with contrasting color granite.

Whatever granite countertops you choose, avoid an exact match to your cabinets, whether it be in color or shade, as this can create a uniform, overwhelming look for the room.

2. Bring In Samples and Swatches

When you come into the Imperial Counters showroom, bring along samples of your cabinet finish, flooring, wall paint and appliances. For anything you are unable to bring in swatches of, take a photo to bring in. Then, place these samples, swatches and photos on or around the granite slab to see how it all looks together. That way, you can be sure your new granite countertops won’t contrast with the rest of the room.

3. Brighten Things Up

Consider your home’s lighting. No matter how beautiful your granite countertop selection, if your lighting is poor, you won’t be able to appreciate them as they’re meant to. Granite counters are a great way to add value to your home, so make sure you’re getting the most out of them. Ample natural light and a string of pendant lights can brighten up the room and allow your granite countertops to shine.

Are you ready to look into granite countertops for your Twin Cities home? Call us at Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

The Benefits of Wilsonart Countertops

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When it’s time to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, you have plenty of countertop options to choose from. Remodeling can get expensive quickly, so you might be looking to cut down on the price without sacrificing the aesthetics of your renovations. And, this is just one of the many reasons home and business owners all around Minneapolis choose Wilsonart Countertops for their remodel and renovation needs. Here are a few more of our favorites:

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Sustainable
For over 50 years, Wilsonart Countertops has been committed to being a responsible member of the global community. And, their environmental impact has become increasingly important to them over the years. At Wilsonart, they believe in continuously striving to improve their products and processes to ensure minimal environmental impact. Their immediate sustainability goals include zero waste, zero impart and zero barriers. So, if sustainability is something that is important to you and your family, Wilsonart Countertops make a great option!

Decorative
Wilsonart Countertops don’t just come in one or two colors. Whether you choose laminate, quartz or solid surface, they are available in a wide range of colors and designs. This means you are certain to find the perfect countertops to match your unique kitchen or bathroom décor. They are rich in texture and make a stunning addition to any home or business.

Easy to Maintain
Well-known for their low-maintenance qualities, Wilsonart countertops are not only durable, they are stain resistant. Their laminate, solid surface and quartz countertops are all stain and, in their own ways, impact resistant. And, to clean them, all you need is a little soap and water!

Cost-Effective
Wilsonart Countertops are durable and long lasting. By purchasing quality countertops from the get-go you can decrease the chances of having to replace them down the line. Because they are so easily maintained and scratch resistant, not to mention easy to clean and care for, Wilsonart countertops will last you and your family for a long time.

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We carry Wilsonart Countertops. Imperial Counters has been the trusted name in countertops since 1973 and we can help you find the very best match in color, style and material for your home’s specific needs. Let us know what you are looking for and we can show you all of the Wilsonart Countertops we sell as well as any other brands you would like to see. Give us a call today to learn more about Wilsonart Countertops and all of their great benefits! Our team can answer all of your questions.

For more information about Wilsonart Countertops in Minneapolis and to find out what we have in stock, call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Quartz Countertops Maintenance

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Specialists in countertops as our name implies, Imperial Counters installs these items for households across the area. One such highly sought after type are quartz countertops. Minneapolis and nearby residents have been acquiring their luxurious countertop needs from us for some time. As such, we see ourselves as expert in all things quartz countertops, including their care and general upkeep. Please see below for some worthy tips on keeping your quartz countertops looking great for years or even decades to come.

A very durable type of countertop, quartz is a very popular choice. The sheer variety in patterning and color scheme has made it so that people keep acquiring this attractiove stone surface for their counters in kitchens, bathrooms and beyond.

Maintaining a lofty look is very simple. Give your quartz countertops a daily wipe down. One trip over the entire surface should be all that is required. Use warm water and a gentle cloth. When a spill occurs, do as any rational and functional human being would do and wipe them up immediately so as to not allow the liquid to dry on the surface. Should a spill occur that for one reason or another stubbornly clings to the surface, upgrade your implement from a soft cloth to a non-abrasive sponge or cleaning pad. Apply gentle pressure. If this does not work, step your implement up again to steel wool, which will get the job done.   

Always use trivets, heating pads and cutting boards with quartz countertops. Though they are heat and scratch resistant, it is recommended that you apply such common sense to common hot items or cuttable edibles found within a kitchen. Better safe than sorry.

When it comes to using standard cleaning products found in the marketplace, avoid bleach or anything that contains it. Cleaners that bring with it high pH levels (think oven cleaners and solvents) should not be put to use with your quartz countertops.

Other simple common sense practices apply like keeping permanent markers away from the surface of your quartz countertops. Common sense rules the day in their upkeep, do not take chances on blemishing your quartz countertops through carelessness.

Quartz countertops are a blend (93% quartz, 7% resins and binding agents). There will be no need to wax or reseal your quartz countertops, due to this. They will maintain there shiny veneer so long as you hold up your end of the deal in the form of simple maintenance and common sense.

Are you interested in getting more information about quartz countertops in Minneapolis? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or you can contact us for a Free Online Estimate.

Laminate Countertops for that Practical Home

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Specialists in the installation of laminate countertops in Bloomington and neighboring towns, we at Imperial Counters are often called upon to make suggestions on how to take care of and properly clean them. We would like to take this opportunity to share some tips on exactly how to keep those laminate countertops looking every bit as sharp as the very day that they were put into place.

Incredibly simple, the act of keeping your laminates maintained. As nonporous countertops, bacteria and germs will not fester within them, only to linger and cause health concerns for you and yours. Disinfection can be thrown out the window, at least as far as your new laminate countertops go. Whenever the need arises, draw a little warm water, grab a soft cloth and squeeze in some mild soap. Wipe them down any time a spill occurs and you are good to go.

If a stain does land and stay on your laminate countertops, don’t fret. Assemble a simple blend of baking soda and water. Spread that concoction across your stain and allow three to five minutes to pass for drying purposes and wipe away. If you do not wish to scrub, laminate countertops are the way to go. Scrubbing the surface of laminate countertops, especially when using a stronger blend of chemicals (like our suggested mixture above), would likely scratch them. Just leave it alone and then gently wipe it away after a few minutes are up.

There are certain types of liquids that you will want to keep away from your laminate countertops. Drain cleaners will definitely, no doubt about it, cause permanent, irreparable damage to your countertops—so keep those at a good safe distance away. If drain cleaner is an absolute necessity for a drain that exists near your laminates, lay some thick cloth or padding protection down that will prevent even the tiniest drop from landing on it. Or, dump the drain cleaner into a container that offers less drip and spill worry.

Laminate countertops will be a great addition to your home. Simple, practical, coming in a wide variety of colors, laminates offer ease in every sense and will look great throughout the years. Excellent for families of all shapes and sizes, you will always be able to find a laminate that matches well with your kitchen décor.

Do you want to learn more about laminate countertops in Bloomington? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate on our installation and fabrication services!

Proper Care for Your Granite Countertops

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A wonderful addition to any home, granite countertops add a touch of class and luxury to your bathrooms, kitchens and/or outdoor entertainment areas—they even add resale value to your home. Installers of granite countertops in Stillwater MN and surrounding environs, we at Imperial Counters would like to share  a few suggestions on how you can care for and maintain your new counters so they can last decades, even for the rest of your life!

Some common sense applies to making your granite countertops last. Always use coasters with beverages, utilize pot holders when anything hot is to be placed upon them (granite countertops are heat-resistant but not heat proof). Storing liquids on your countertops should be done at a minimum. Should dripping or spills occur from any such errantly-placed liquids, staining is likely. Stay on top of leaks and the like and all should be fine.

When preparing food on your granite countertops always use a cutting board instead of cutting up food bits directly on the surface. Granite countertops are stain resistant. If a more powerful than the norm type of liquid does indeed stain them, try removing them with a poultice. For oily staining, use baking soda and water to remove the blemish. If staining occurs as a result of organic stuffs, try an acetone and baking soda mix. Always use a non-abrasive cleaner on your granite countertops.

Your granite countertops should be sealed every one to two years to keep them at their shiny best. If you are one of those that are at risk for having your granite countertops resealed too often, be wary—cloudy residues surface when hitting the well too many times here. Too see if you are due for a resealing, conduct an absorbency test. Place a drop of water on the granite, letting it stand for 15 minutes. Wipe it up. If you spot a dark stain where the drop was, look into a resealing. This test is indicative of your granite countertops tendency to slowly meander back to its more porous, naturally occurring state.

Another thing to be mindful of with your granite countertops is that too much weight should not rest upon them, or at any one spot for too long. Tempting as it may be for family and friends alike, do not let anyone sit or stand on your granite countertops, either. Too much weight in one place for too long can cause damage to the granite.

For more information on granite countertops in Stillwater MN, call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or contact us for a free estimate.

Your Foundation is Solid, So Should Be Your Countertops

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The time has come to remodel your kitchen, your bathroom, or both. An overhaul on your home can get pretty expensive, pretty quickly. If price is a concern but you do not wish to sacrifice any of the aesthetic joy in your efforts, think solid surface countertops for your Hastings area home. Solid surface countertops are a worthy choice if you are seeking a type that can be easily refinished to be made to look brand new within a matter of just a few hours—should they wear down or not look their best after time passes.

Eye up some of the other positives things solid surface countertops offer:

 Customization

Solid surface countertops can easily be altered to fit your needs and wants. They can be seamlessly integrated in combination with bathroom or kitchen sinks. You can choose practically any edging style or even add a matching backsplash. Anything you can imagine can be done cheaply and quickly with solid surface countertops.

Decorative

There are so many colors to choose from when it comes to solid surface countertops. These are available in a huge variety of colors and designs, so finding the ideal countertops to match your kitchen or bathroom décor will not be challenging.

Durable

Because they are so easily maintained and scratch resistant, not to mention easy to clean and care for, these countertops will last you and your family for a long time. They are a wise long-term investment and not expensive to replace should it come time to implement a different color scheme in your bathroom or kitchen. Should your solid surface countertops get scratched, these blemishes can be buffed out pretty easily—making them a solid choice for families with small children. Non-porous, bacteria growth will not be a concern. They do not require any special cleaning products; just make the effort to wipe them down daily with water and a soft cloth, to keep your solid surface countertops looking their absolute best. Should dirt or grime accumulate, try an ammonia-based cleaner, rinsing them dry after application and wiping. If your home runs hard water, look out for spot formation on your solid surface countertops. Wipe up water and other spills immediately to avoid them.

For more information on solid surface countertops in Hastings, call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or contact us for a Free Estimate.