The Science of Solid Surfaces

If you’ve been conducting research about the best options for your next shower, countertop or sink, you might be running into the term “solid surface” quite a bit. You might be asking yourself, “What in the world is a solid surface?” Basically, a solid surface is exactly what it sounds like: a surface that is solid. But that’s probably not the answer you’re seeking. So that you can make the best possible decision about upgrading your countertop, shower or sink, I’m going to explain what a solid surface is and the process we go through here at Tower Industries to ensure you get the best solid surface product available.

Whether you’re weighing your options for a commercial space or a residential space, it’s important to understand the manufacturing process for solid surfaces.

Customized Fabrication

Solid surfaces are made using homogeneous acrylic or polyester-acrylic blend resins mixed with other natural additives to allow for total customization. Yes, there are standard sizes available, if that’s what you need. But one of the greatest benefits of a solid surface is that it can be shaped, molded and fabricated to fit almost any space. In addition to size customization, color and pattern customization is also a major value of a solid surface shower, sink or countertop. The fabrication process of our solid surfaces also allows for custom inlays to our conference tables and showers, which is especially beneficial in commercial applications.

100% Non-Porous

Because solid surfaces are fabricated with one non-porous resin from front to back, there are no surface coatings you need to worry about damaging with spills and stains. In fact, the non-porous nature of our solid surfaces means that your countertop, shower or sink will be resistant to most household chemicals, so liquids won’t soak in and destroy the material. Additionally, our solid surfaces are resistant to the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew, which is especially beneficial in a sink or shower application.

Durability

Another major benefit of a solid surface for both commercial or residential applications is its outstanding durability. Because solid surfaces are homogeneous, you won’t need to worry about veneers or surface coatings peeling or cracking. And although they can get scratched, solid surfaces are what we call “renewable.” This means scratches can be sanded and gouges can be filled, if necessary, and it’ll look as good as new.

Common Misconceptions

Although the phrase “solid surface” makes it sound like one, large seamless piece, often times this isn’t entirely true. Showers can be constructed using multiple large panels of solid surface materials installed in a such a way that they appear seamless, and a solid surface sink can be expertly joined to a matching solid surface countertop so that no seams are showing. At Tower Industries, cast shapes are fabricated in one solid piece, and the surfacing experts and installers fit these pieces together in your commercial or residential space so that the edges are practically invisible, giving the illusion of seamlessness.

Overall, solid surfaces are an excellent choice if you’re looking for durability and design flexibility. If you’re a die-hard granite fan, that’s okay, too. Solid surfaces can be fabricated to look exactly like stone, so don’t give up on us just yet.

If you have any questions about the solid surface fabrication process, please leave them in the comments below. We’d love to help you out any way we can.

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Top 5 Kitchen Styles & Trends

Are you in love with your kitchen? Or are you desperately trying to figure out how to breathe new life into an old, boring space? Your kitchen is arguably the most important room in your home. It’s where guests gather during a party, where the family sits down at the end of a long day to share a meal, and where all of that magic happens at the stove. It’s not about keeping up with the Joneses; it’s about having the living, cooking and eating space that you really deserve.

We’ve compiled some of the latest kitchen styles & trends below to help you get started on that kitchen remodel today.

Latest Kitchen Trends

Stainless Steel
You can’t turn on HGTV these days without hearing about stainless steel appliances. Stainless steel looks great, it’s easy to clean, and it’s durable. This trend has been around for a few years now, and it’s probably not going anywhere for a while.

Professional-style Chef’s Stoves
Homeowners aren’t messing around with their stovetops. Many are paying big bucks for professional-grade ranges, brass-sealed burners and high-end hoods. And a lot of these fancy stoves and hoods are made of – you guessed it! – stainless steel.

Soft & Neutral Colors
Bold, contemporary colors tend to be trendy (remember avocado green?) and don’t really stand the test of time. Homeowners are moving more and more toward soft, neutral colors for their kitchens, like beiges, browns, and warmer whites.

Hardwood Floors It wasn’t too long ago that tile was in. And not long before that, everybody was jumping on the laminate train. Not so anymore. Homeowners are choosing hardwood floors more often than not, and not just in the kitchen.

Eco-friendly Materials
It’s 2013, and now more than ever, we’re interested in protecting our environment when we can. Homeowners have jumped on this trend, too, opting for eco-friendly and sustainable kitchen materials, like flooring, cabinetry, surfacing and appliances, when possible.

Latest Kitchen Styles

Early American
Early American colonial kitchens are being reproduced in homes across the country (in a modern way, of course). We’re talking about Shaker-inspired cabinets, soapstone sinks, reclaimed pine or brick flooring and exposed ceiling beams.

Bungalow Bonanza
Bungalow kitchens are built with an eye toward efficiency: built-in kitchen, easy-to-clean linoleum flooring and mint tile are likely to make an appearance in a Bungalow-style kitchen.

Victorian Farmhouse
Go poke around Pinterest for 30 seconds and report back. What’d you find? You probably discovered that vintage is in. People love old stuff made to look new, which is probably why the Victorian Farmhouse look is coming back. Deep porcelain sinks, glass-front cabinets and nickel-plated stoves are hallmarks of a Victorian kitchen.

Mid-20th Century Modern
Think about the time WWII was coming to an end: cabinetry went from wood to metal, Formica became the go-to counter surface, and vinyl was all the rage for flooring. Bright colors and “space age” designs were popular, too.

Ultra Modern
Ultra modern kitchens could be described in one word: minimalist. The less stuff in your kitchen, the better. Clean lines, sleek surfaces, concrete floors and European-style cabinets make up this contemporary style. In other words, get thee to an Ikea as soon as possible!

A trendy kitchen that stands the test of time is the best kind of kitchen. Imagine waking up every day to a beautifully-designed kitchen filled with surfaces, cabinets and a sink manufactured with materials you picked out yourself. It’s a wonderful fantasy, right? Let’s turn that fantasy into a reality today! Whichever kitchen style or trend you decide to incorporate into your kitchen, remember that Tower Industries has many surfacing solutions for you to consider. We offer Meridian and Hanex solid surface countertops and sinks, natural stone countertops, kitchen cabinets and more. If you need design flexibility, Tower Industries is definitely for you.

Which style or trend do you like best? Are you all about Victorian vintage, or do you prefer a contemporary look? Let us know in the comments below.

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