Solid Surface Shower Walls: Keeping You Safe

Even though you take showers just about every day, how much time do you spend pondering the walls of your shower? I’m guessing none or next-to-none. But I’ll give you two reasons why it’s worth thinking about them now: (1) shower walls, and solid surface shower walls especially, keep you safe; and (2) germs in the shower can be harmful.

As awful a job as it is, cleaning showers and bathtubs is important to reduce the spread of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Paul Horowitz, MD, medical director of Pediatric Clinics at Legacy Health System in Portland, Ore., was once asked what happens if you don’t clean the shower or bathtub frequently enough.

“Germs can line the walls (of the tub) and you can easily touch the surface and then touch your mouth,” he said. “What’s more, the dead skin cells that sit on the inside of the tub can be contaminated. If someone with a cut or open wound goes in the tub, those organisms can infect that wound and increase the overall load of bacteria.”

Ew.

Now that you’re totally grossed out, let me give you some good news. There is an easy way to get (and keep) your showers clean: install solid surface shower walls.

The case for solid surface shower walls:

1) Non-porous.

There are no seams to allow leakage from your shower into the home structure. Water can be extraordinarily harmful to wood framed homes, most notably from the formation of mold, a toxic substance that is quite costly to test and remediate.

2) Easy to maintain.

You heard what Dr. Horowitz said — as unpleasant as it may be, we need to clean our showers! Wouldn’t you rather clean a solid surface, easily wiped down with a damp cloth or sponge, than scrub the grout lines on a tiled shower wall? One surface, one quick and simple cleaning project.

3) Naturally sanitary and resistant to mold and mildew.

Solid surface is non-porous, so there is virtually no chance for mold or mildew to form, and it is far less likely bacteria will form as well.

4) No dings. Solid Surface is just that: solid.

It is resistant to scratching, damage from heat, cracking, chipping or other “dings” that reduce the quality of your shower experience and heighten your health risk.

5) ADA compliant.

Especially for developers requiring showers for commercial properties, solid surface walls comply with Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requirements.

6) Easy to fabricate and install.

Manufacturers produce them to the approved specifications, and they are easily installed. Without needing the time to painstakingly grout and set tile, or to wait for epoxy materials to dry, solid surface shower walls are delivered in fewer pieces and can be installed much more quickly than other, more intricate, shower wall materials.

7) Customizable.

You can choose the thickness of your solid surface shower walls, the color you want, and they can be cut to fit the custom shower of your dreams.

Now that you’ve spent a few minutes thinking it through, don’t you agree that solid surface shower walls are a safe, convenient solution?

Have questions about solid surface shower walls? Contact us today or schedule a visit to our showroom.

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Custom Countertops: Tips To Get The Style You Want

The great American chef Mario Batali once said, “The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.” A home’s kitchen is a reflection of a family itself, and there can be no more impactful decision on the look and feel of a kitchen than the countertops. Consider custom countertops to ensure your kitchen is a match for your family’s lifestyle.

Countertops command the eye’s attention and dictate the overall environment kitchen. Choosing the countertop style for your kitchen is a very personal, and permanent decision.

Follow these important tips, and make what can be an overwhelming decision more manageable.

Tip 1: Decide on what sort of kitchen you want.

Is the kitchen of your dreams elegant? Do you desire magnificent countertops, high-end furniture, and state-of-the-art appliances? Do you envision preparing exotic foods for upscale dinner parties? If so, then consider the more upscale countertops like marble or granite.

If you want the focus to be on practicality and convenience, consider stainless steel or solid surface. Both of these options are easy to clean and impossible to stain – there’s a reason why they’re used in so many professional kitchens!

Perhaps you’re aiming for a homier look, where people immediately feel at ease. Your kitchen might be where food is prepared, but it’s also where important conversations take place between family and friends. If so, then a warm colored quartz or granite top might work well.

And if you desire a hip, modern look to your kitchen, then your countertop material is perhaps less important than the color or style. A contemporary feel can be achieved with dark colored granite, quartz, tile, or solid surface counters.

 

Tip 2: Consider what already exists in your kitchen.

Unless you’re completely renovating your kitchen soup to nuts, you need to consider how your countertops will match the existing space. New custom countertops can be transformative, but the style and colors must mesh well with the existing appliances, cabinets, furniture, and light fixtures.

Take multiple pictures of your kitchen and bring them to the store or your designer so you can be sure the color scheme and style will match.

 

Tip 3: Stay practical.

Carefully weigh the pros and cons of each material before making your final choice. For example, stainless steel brings a professional look to any kitchen, but it scratches fairly easily (bad for bacteria!) and can dent. Butcher-block counters provide extra cutting space, but require biannual sanding and oiling. Marble is gorgeous, but can be stained by lemon, vinegar, wine, and other common cooking materials. Want low maintenance? Make quartz your go-to surface.

 

Tip 4: Determine your budget and shop around.

Carefully measure the square footage of your counter space. Countertop materials are sold by the square foot and prices can vary dramatically, so it’s worth a little legwork to compare prices.

Choosing custom countertops can help ensure a kitchen makeover meets all your practical and aesthetic desires. Follow our four tips, and you’re on your way to having the kitchen you and your family have always wanted!

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