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How to Find the Best Countertop Contractors

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When it comes to countertop contractors in the Twin Cities, you get what you pay for. So you want to make sure you hire countertop contractors that will do the job right the first time, like the ones here at Imperial Counters. Here are a few things you should look for when hiring a company to install your new counters.

Word-of-Mouth Recommendations

Ask your friends and neighbors about any countertop contractors they have used in the past. You should ask about the entire experience from start to finish – how they found the contractors, what sort of countertop options they had available, how easy it was to work with them and stay in contact with them, etc. Good countertop contractors will stay in constant communication with you and will be available to answer your questions. If your friends or neighbors had a bad experience with any particular countertop contractors, you want to know this information too. Ask what happened and how the problem was resolved.

Ask to See Work Samples

When you contact countertop contractors, ask to see samples of their work or to read some testimonials from happy customers. You can also go online and read reviews on sites like Yelp, Angie’s List and Google+ to read what others have written about the contractors.

Get a Written Estimate

When your countertop contractors visit your home or business to look at what needs to be done, make sure you get a written estimate. Be sure you fill them in on everything you want – from what brand of countertops to the material to where they will eventually be installed. Be up front about your budget and expectations to make sure they match up with what the countertop contractors can do for you.

Trust Your Gut

In the end, new countertops can be a big investment. Just be sure to trust your gut. If something seems fishy or sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Take the time to do your homework, learn more about the countertops industry, interview contractors and make sure you feel comfortable with the decision you are making. If anything seems amiss, don’t hesitate to ask more questions and do more research.

Of course, finding reliable countertop contractors is easy when you call us at Imperial Counters!

When you want to learn more about countertop contractors in the Twin Cities, call us at 651-437-3903 or you can get a Free Estimate.

The Benefits of Laminate Cabinets

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We here at Imperial Counter love laminate cabinets, and there are many reasons we recommend laminate commercial cabinets in Plymouth and beyond. These counters are manufactured in Hastings, but they are very popular all over. Here are a few of our favorites.

Easy to Clean

Laminate commercial cabinets are incredibly easy to keep clean. All you need is a damp sponge and a mild household cleaner. There is no need to worry about sealing them either.

Cost Effective

You can get the look of real wood or other materials with laminate commercial cabinets but without breaking the bank. And when people see your new cabinets, they will never know they are laminate (unless you want them to!). And even if you don’t get the wood finish to them, laminate cabinets are still pleasing to the eye.

Easy Installation

For laminate commercial cabinets, the installation time is usually less than for other types of cabinets, even if you get custom ones made. And custom laminate commercial cabinets can be in just about any style or color you can think of, so the sky is the limit when it comes to these types of cabinets!


Laminate commercial cabinets are incredibly durable and long-lasting, so that makes them a great option for businesses of all sizes. Laminate is tough to dent and scratch and with the proper care, they could last for several years.


Depending on the type of laminate commercial cabinets you buy, they can look so much like real wood that you could never tell the difference. So no matter which part of your office or business you are remodeling, if you are working within a set budget, these are a great choice. You get beautiful cabinets that are the perfect complement to any office’s style and decorations.

Ready to learn more about laminate commercial cabinets in Plymouth? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Silestone and Karran Sinks

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When it’s time to select the perfect sink for your new kitchen, there are a variety of options on the market for you to choose from. But when it comes to sinks in the Twin Cities, we know a thing or two, and there are two brands of sinks in particular we recommend to our customers: Silestone Sinks and Karran Sinks.

Silestone Sinks

Silestone is a leading producer of sinks made out of engineered quartz. One of their most popular sinks is the Integrity Sink. And the reason we love this sink so much is simple: it can be molded into your new quartz countertops so there is no seam! This sink is both practical and elegant. It is only one piece and it is made entirely out of Silestone, which means you never have to worry about needing to seal it, plus it’s resistant to heat, stains and scratches. This type of sink is a great way to add beauty to your kitchen without sacrificing durability.

Karran Sinks

Karran Sinks are another great way to style without sacrificing functionality to your new kitchen. This is the only type of sink on the market today that can be undermounted in laminate. These sinks are made out of stainless steel, acrylic or quartz, and they are the perfect complement to any home. They are an affordable option, which makes them incredibly budget-friendly. And with such a wide selection of sinks to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one to match your new kitchen!

We even offer a special on sinks. When you buy 40 square feet or more of laminate counters, you get a free stainless steel drop-in kitchen sink. Or when you buy 40 square feet or more of quartz or granite counters, you can get a free undermount stainless steel sink.

Are you ready to learn more about sinks in the Twin Cities? Then give us a call here at Imperial Counters! Call us at 651-437-3903 or get a Free Estimate.

Countertops: Back To School

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When you think about the end of the summer, you probably think of going clothes shopping, getting school supplies for your kids, meeting new teachers and saying goodbye to the carefree days of summer. Maybe new countertops in Hastings don’t come to mind. But if you do think about it, having new countertops installed after the kids are back in school has a few advantages.

For one thing, your house is probably a lot quieter and there are less people around when your kids are back in school. So if you need a day where there is not a lot of foot traffic in and out of your home, wait until your kids are back in class. Then you can have our installation technicians come to your home to install your new countertops. That way, your kids don’t have to stay out of the kitchen all day while we are at work. And by the time you and your kids return home from a busy day at school and at work, you could have a brand-new kitchen to come home to!

This is also a busy time of year for countertop contractors in the Twin Cities. We here at Imperial Counters find this is a hectic time for a lot of countertop contractors simply because a lot of schools in the area want new countertops installed before the school year is back in session. So where should countertop contractors go for high quality counters that they can get quickly and easily? Imperial Counters, of course! We do solid surface, laminate, granite, cultured marble, natural stone and plenty more. And our Hastings warehouse is now 35,000 square feet!

For more information on countertops in Hastings and countertop contractors in the Twin Cities, call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Perks of Solid Surface Countertops

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When it’s time to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, you have plenty of countertop options. Remodeling can get expensive quickly, so you might be looking to cut down on the price but without sacrificing the aesthetics of your renovations. Fortunately, there is a good choice for you: solid surface countertops for your Woodbury home.


Solid surface countertops 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. Each slab of granite is unique, so just choose the color you want and we’ll help you find that perfect piece.

Easily Maintained

If your solid surface countertops get scratched, you can buff the scratches out easily. This makes these types of counters a great option for families with small children. 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.


Solid surface countertops are extremely customizable. With solid surface countertops, you can have a seamless integrated sink in your kitchen. If you’re upgrading your countertops it may be a good time to upgrade your skins as well. Plus there are several different edge options. You can also get a backsplash installed for an extra bit of flair.


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.

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