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Thank You and Happy Holidays from Imperial Counters

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With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. We have been serving the Twin Cities area for more than 40 years by providing custom countertops and expert installation. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for choosing Imperial Counters, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us with all your future countertop needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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.