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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.

Consider Laminate Countertops For Your Kitchen Remodel

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An endless array of choices exist for countertops in your kitchen. You have your high-end options such as granite and marble types, and wood. If you are seeking smooth surface top that will not break the bank, why not look into laminates? A proud seller of laminates of all sorts, Imperial Counters offer up budget-friendly laminate countertops to Twin Cities home owners.

Laminate Benefits Aplenty:

  • Carefree care—Laminates offer a smooth surface so spills and crumbs have neither nooks nor crannies to wedge themselves into. As with any spill that could potentially stain a surface should be addressed immediately. Typical laminate countertops are easy to clean with a household cleaning product or hot water using a rag or sponge. Cleaning is easy, maintaining offers no worries. You needn’t go to crazy in caring for these counters, just be careful with your usage of abrasive cleaners and exposing them to high temperatures. Another bonus is that they do not require being sealed!
  • Wallet ease—A no-brainer when it comes to cost, laminates are substantially cheaper than their stone and other solid surface countertops. Generally starting in the teens per square foot in price (quartz, marble, or granite often running in the $50 to $100 per square foot range), laminates will not break the bank. Another thing to consider with laminate countertops with regard to your money, should you a few years down the road decide you want to get new countertops again, the cost of a laminate will be easier to part with if you had previously purchased a natural stone countertop that you have grown tired of. Also, if you choose to sell your home after having bought laminate countertops over a more expensive equivalent, the lower cost will make your counters easier to part with. If you go the natural stone route in your countertops, the resale value may be boosted into the price of your home—if would-be buyers intend to update the kitchen, this may not be the case and could contribute to a more difficult sell.
  • Stylish— Laminate countertops look great! Maybe you want them to match your mahogany cabinets? Perhaps you want them to offset the bright orange paint covering the walls of your kitchen? Or, quite possibly you want to go with something of a rustic feel, a wooden type of pattern? They come in so many colors, patterns and styles that you will be sure to find the one that fits your kitchen décor.

Are you interested in learning more about countertops in the Twin Cities? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

This is a Formica Countertop, Green is its Color

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Your Formica countertops are a big part of your kitchen ensemme. They work well within the framework of your combination of cabinetry, tabling and floorscape. In the course of any countertops lifespan it will no doubt have taken more than its share of beatings. Formica countertops being of the laminate variety, extra care need be taken to ensure it stand the test of time. We will now embark our journey on just how you should go about keeping the counters in the best shape possible so that they will be to handle and withstand the rigors and tests of time.

Formica laminate is an affordable option for Apple Valley residents that are looking for a budget-friendly way to enhance the look of their kitchen. 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 will be a pleasure for the sense for the decades ahead. Enjoy the following tips on how to keep your Formica countertops looking every bit as fine as they were installed.

Gentleness
If you can implement right and proper usage of a cutting board—and not using your Formica countertops for that purpose—that will go a long way. No chopping, no slicing, or hammering on it. Avoid sitting or standing on them as well. Be wary of sliding ceramics or other likely abrasive types of objects across the surface of your Formica countertops. Surface scratching and early breakdown may occur as such.

Break Out the Hot Pads
Trivets and hot pads are friends to your Formica countertop, they not handle direct snd scorching heat very well. Any hot material left on the surface for too much time will cause the laminate portion of your Formica countertops to to separate from its core material. Using these simple instructions will prevent surface scorching and help your laminate countertops live longer, more fulfilling lifetimes.

Sop Up Those Spills
Wipe up any mess as soon as is mathematically possible, just after it occurs. Be mindful of this especially in the case of near the seams—should liquids breach the seams, they may just split. A non-abrasive cloth with the help of a gentle soap will eliminate stains and will quickly solve those seaming issues.

The Right and Proper Cleaner
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 in any clean-up or maintenance process would include chlorine bleach, lime scale removers, metal cleaners, oven cleaners and tub/tile cleaners. Most all-purpose type cleaners are often a good choice. Once spills or stains are removed, bring in a dry cloth to wipe away any residual moisture.

Are you interested in learning more about Formica countertops in Apple Valley? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

The Many Advantages of Quartz Countertops

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When choosing your new countertops, one of the materials you might consider is quartz. It’s an engineered stone that seems to be growing in popularity. And there are plenty of reasons so many people are choosing it! We install quartz countertops in Apple Valley and throughout the surrounding areas, and we can think of several different advantages you’ll enjoy with quartz.

Aesthetics

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. You can easily find a slab of quartz that will complement the rest of the room. Quartz countertops come in every shade from white to beige to gray to black, and you can also find them in colors like blue and pink.

Maintenance

Quartz countertops don’t require a lot of maintenance. You don’t need to buy any special cleaners, and you don’t need any special types of sponges or cloths to clean them. All you need are warm water and a soft white cloth. Make sure you wipe the countertops down on a daily basis, and clean up spills as soon as possible after they happen. Keep people from sitting on them, and don’t allow anyone to paint or glue on them.

Bacteria resistance

Quartz is an amazing material because it is also bacteria resistant, which makes it an excellent choice for rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. Again, you will not need to buy any special type of cleaning product, and you will not even have to worry about disinfecting them. 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.

Durability

With minimal care on your part, your new quartz countertops will last you several decades, if not a lifetime! You and your family will enjoy your new counters for many years to come, and they are a great investment. 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!

For more information on quartz countertops in Apple Valley or the surrounding areas, call us at Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903, or you can feel free to contact us to get a Free Online Estimate.

Four Reasons to Choose Laminate Countertops

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imperial counters laminate countertops apple valleyIf you are redoing your bathroom or kitchen and want the look and feel of granite or quartz without the cost, it’s time you looked into laminate countertops. Apple Valley homeowners love laminate for several reasons. Here are the ones we hear the most often.

 

 

 

Easy to clean and maintain

Laminate countertops are an excellent choice for those who are looking for no-fuss countertops. All you need is a non-abrasive household cleaner, a sponge and some hot water. Clean them off on a regular basis. But the best part is you never have to worry about having them sealed.

Easy to get the look of granite or quartz

Depending on the style and pattern of laminate countertops that you end up choosing, it might be difficult for someone to tell if your counters are laminate or granite or quartz. You can mimic the look of these popular stones at a fraction of the cost! Finding patterns and colors of all types is incredibly easy, so you should not have a tough time finding the perfect fit for your kitchen or bathroom. Laminate countertops can also look like marble too!

Long lasting and durable

While it is still recommended that you use a trivet under hot sauce pans and a cutting board before chopping vegetables and meat, laminate countertops will last for many years. Most brands come with a long warranty and, as long as you properly care for and maintain them, they can last you anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Just be sure to wipe them down on a regular basis and never use an abrasive cleaner.

Look great for a long time

As mentioned, laminate countertops come in a huge assortment of colors and styles, and homeowners can get the look of just about any stone out there when they opt for laminate. This countertop material works well in every type of home, and they are also a great fit for families of all sizes.

These are just a handful of the reasons we love laminate countertops so much! Contact us and we will gladly tell you even more reasons to choose laminate the next time you need new counters installed in your home.

Are you interested in learning more about laminate countertops in Apple Valley or throughout the surrounding areas? Call us at Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or contact us for a Free Estimate.