Truckload Granite & Quartz Countertop Sale – 09/25 thru 09/28

Truckload Granite & Quartz Countertop Sale – 09/25 thru 09/28

We saved BIG on truckloads of first-quality granite and quartz slabs! Now we’re passing the savings on to you! 4 DAYS ONLY! Shop Tower Industries’ Truckload Granite & Quartz Countertop Clearance sale from 09/25 thru …

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The 4-Day Granite and Quartz Sales Event – 9/6-9/9

The 4-Day Granite and Quartz Sales Event – 9/6-9/9

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Take advantage of our huge inventory, great selection, and big savings on high-quality stone countertops!

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Quartz vs. Granite: Which One Comes Out on Top?

Quartz vs. Granite: Which One Comes Out on Top?

[vc_row 0=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Spoiler Alert: Quartz isn’t better than granite, but granite isn’t better than quartz, either. That’s like asking whether red or white wine are better.  Like the best wines, it all comes down to personal taste, and what you are pairing it with. Quartz is the more resilient of the two, but some kitchens don’t look right without the unique colors and flow of granite.  While we won’t be able to tell you which one is right for you, we can definitely help you get closer to making the right choice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column 0=""][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_n9W37McaY&autoplay=1" align="center"][blockquote layout="4"]

Like the best wines, it all comes down to personal taste, and what you are pairing it with.

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Natural Stone Vs Engineered Stone

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Which is stronger?
A. Quartz.

Quartz is one of the strongest materials on the planet; significantly stronger than granite.  However, just because granite isn’t as strong doesn’t mean it’s a wimpy choice either.

Q. Which stone looks better?
A. Well…

We are back to red wine vs white wine.  Quartz looks simpler and has excellent color choices, but every granite countertop is one of a kind.  Granite slabs are known for having a lot of “movement” and variations in its natural color, while quartz tends to be less dramatic in its colorization.  If you are a minimalist that prefers a monochromatic kitchen, go with quartz.  If you want a counter with character that is unique as you are, go with granite, especially if you enjoy a sunlit kitchen. (More on that later…)[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2="Can't decide between the two?" h4="Completely understandable. You should call us." txt_align="center" style="custom" add_button="bottom" btn_title="Click here to get in touch with us." btn_style="outline-custom" btn_outline_custom_color="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_background="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_text="#739dcb" btn_size="sm" btn_align="center" btn_button_block="true" custom_background="#739dcb" custom_text="#ffffff" btn_link="url:%2Fcontact-us%2F|title:Contact%20Us||"][/vc_cta][vc_column_text]

Q. Which stone is easier to clean?
A. It’s a tie.

Both are easy to clean, but granite is more prone to staining than quartz, since natural stone is porous, and quartz is not.  Warm soap and water will get the job done on either surface.  The better question is…

Q. Which stone is easier to maintain?
A. Quartz.

Quartz wins this one, hands down.  Not to say that granite is a nightmare – you just need to seal it once a year – but quartz requires zero maintenance.  Keep your counters clean, and they will take care of you.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTQBdj9tEG8"][vc_column_text]

Q. Which stone should I use for my outdoor grill/table/decor?
A. Granite.

Granite takes the crown this time.  Quartz will discolor over time in direct sunlight.  Even in your kitchen, you should try to keep the sun away from your counters so they maintain the same look they had when they were first installed.  If you like sunlight, go with granite.

Q. Which stone is more expensive?
A. Here’s the thing…

Quartz used to be more expensive than granite, but things have changed fairly recently.  With advances in technology and production methods, both quartz and granite are now closely priced.  Granted, you may come across some rare exotic slab of granite that was unearthed in a remote Brazilian jungle during a lunar eclipse, but for the most part, the cost is a non-factor.

So, Who Wins?

So what do truly “objective” sources have to say in the debate between granite and quartz? Every year, Consumer Reports puts out an issue that ranks kitchen countertop materials. Quartz and granite are always neck-and-neck.

But as we said in the beginning, the debate comes down to this: what’s the right countertop material for your specific needs, your lifestyle, your design? Do your homework, answer those questions, and then decide.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="6109" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" css=".vc_custom_1507220796146{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}" link="https://towercountertops.com/meridian-quartz/"][vc_cta h2="Do you think quartz is the choice for you?" h4="(We have a lot of colors choices.)" txt_align="center" shape="square" style="custom" add_button="bottom" btn_title="Click here to see more" btn_style="outline-custom" btn_outline_custom_color="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_background="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_text="#509584" btn_size="sm" btn_align="center" btn_button_block="true" custom_background="#509584" custom_text="#ffffff" btn_link="url:%2Fmeridian-quartz%2F|title:Meridian%20Quartz||"][/vc_cta][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="6111" img_size="full" onclick="custom_link" css=".vc_custom_1507220818773{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}" link="https://towercountertops.com/natural-stone/"][vc_cta h2="Do you think granite clearly came out on top?" h4="(We have a lot of these colors, too.)" txt_align="center" shape="square" style="custom" add_button="bottom" btn_title="Click here to see more" btn_style="outline-custom" btn_outline_custom_color="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_background="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_text="#d37735" btn_size="sm" btn_align="center" btn_button_block="true" custom_background="#d37735" custom_text="#ffffff" btn_link="url:%2Fnatural-stone%2F|title:Natural%20Stone||"][/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Comparing Quartz to Solid Surface Countertops: Knowing the Differences

Comparing Quartz to Solid Surface Countertops: Knowing the Differences

[vc_row 0=""][vc_column 0=""][vc_column_text 0=""]When it comes to remodeling your kitchen or creating a custom kitchen, three of the top projects in this space involve the floors, cabinets, and countertops. Selecting the best countertop not only provides you with the right amount of space for prepping meals, but it also gives you a beautiful, functional surface that can withstand daily wear-and-tear while lasting for decades.

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Quartz vs. Solid Surface?

Two popular countertop materials you’ll encounter are quartz and solid surface. Both are manmade materials that have the amazing appearance of natural stone, yet each possesses certain qualities that can affect the longevity and functionality of the countertop. Take a look at the differences between these two materials to decide which one to place in your kitchen.

Solid Surface Countertop Qualities

Solid surface countertops are created by using dust from minerals, such as quartz, that is combined with resins and polymers. When combined with different colors, the surface has a smooth look and matte texture throughout without any variations. The seams nearly disappear into the surface when bonding adhesive is used to give a smooth appearance.

One of the top advantages to solid surface countertops is that they do not have to be sealed to prevent stains. Another advantage to solid surface materials is their strength due to the polymer and mineral dust used throughout the material. Solid surface countertops can be scratched, but the scratches can be sanded out. You should also be careful of placing extremely hot items on the surface as the material can be scorched.

These countertops are priced moderately as costs can range from $35 or more. Once installed correctly by a professional, they can last ten years or more.

Quartz Countertop Qualities

Quartz countertops are manufactured by taking ground quartz and combining it with plastic resin. This engineered material creates a rock-like solid surface. It also has a smooth look, unlike certain natural stone materials that can have varied textures, designs, and colors. The surface is buffed to a smooth, glossy appearance.

Unlike solid countertops, seams are more pronounced on quartz countertops although professional installers can hide them better. A quartz countertop is extremely hard and can withstand scratches. It is virtually maintenance free as it also withstands stains without the need for the surface to be sealed. As with solid surface counters, homeowners should avoid placing hot items on the surface.

Quartz countertops can last for a long time — the life of your home — if taken care of properly. Most manufacturers will offer a 10-year to 15-year warranty. Prices for quartz are more expensive than solid surface countertops as you could pay anywhere from $60 or more.

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Upgrade to the Custom Luxury Shower You Have Always Wanted

Upgrade to the Custom Luxury Shower You Have Always Wanted

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Is your shower everything that you have always wanted? Are you looking for a bigger space so you can have a separate bath and shower area?

For some homeowners, their ordinary shower just isn’t providing them with a pleasing experience. You may want to transform your shower area into a luxury bathing place with body spray jets and rainfall shower heads. Also, you may simply be thinking about making it more convenient for all members of the family with a shower bench, recessed lighting, shower bars and storage areas.

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If you and your spouse love to take showers together, you may consider having a double shower with shower heads on opposite walls.

[/blockquote][vc_column_text]Creating a luxury shower like the ones you see in interior decorating magazines and on home improvement shows can be achieved. All you have to do is take the time to plan out space, invest in the right materials for your budget, and have it professionally installed to avoid future repair nightmares. Use the following tips to create the ultimate luxury shower that your entire family will love.

Understanding Your Home Needs

Before moving things around to expand the shower area, you first need to think about what you want in a shower space. If you and your spouse love to take showers together, you may consider having a double shower with shower heads on opposite walls. If you have a multi-generational home where everyone will take advantage of the same bathroom, you have to consider accessibility for older parents and nonslip surfaces for younger kids.

Talk with your spouse and family about your luxury shower needs. Then narrow down your choices so that the luxury bathroom has everything it needs.

Planning Out Space

One of the great things about upgrading to a custom shower is that there are numerous configurations to select from to fit into your space. So your design possibilities are increased if you are working with rooms of different sizes and shapes.

You’ll want to take into consideration the present plumbing, ventilation, electricity, and heating and cooling systems in the space. They will affect the placement of the shower, toilet, cabinets, bathtub, and vanity sink. You don’t want to make the mistake of placing your toilet line too close to the swinging glass shower door as you won’t be able to open the door fully without banging into the toilet, or having a cultured marble vanity sink and cabinet in front of a heat register.[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2="Not sure where to start?" h4="We're ready help you." txt_align="center" style="custom" add_button="bottom" btn_title="Click Here" btn_size="lg" btn_align="center" btn_button_block="true" custom_background="#ffffff" custom_text="#006a51" btn_link="url:https%3A%2F%2Ftowercountertops.com%2Fcontact-us%2F|title:Contact%20Us||"]We have a number of shower experts on staff, and a showroom full of showers.  Let’s work together to get you into your dream shower.[/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Consider Materials for Functionality and Durability

There is a wide range of shower materials out on the market to appease almost any budget. So you will be able to pick out shower bases, wall panels, showerheads, safety bars, lighting, seats, and storage cubbies. Keep in mind that most of your choices shouldn’t just be based on the price tag. Consider the ease of cleaning the materials, durability, functionality, beauty, and lifecycle.

While it may seem economical to select the lowest priced material on the market, such as fiberglass or tile, some of these materials may be prone to cracking, staining, and water leakage. You may actually end up spending more on replacement costs. Instead, select materials that can handle the rigors of daily use — especially if you have a large family —  such as Meridian solid surface shower bases, wall panels, and shower accessories. The material is water-resistant, inexpensive to install, strong, and beautiful.

You can have the custom luxury shower of your dreams. Carefully plan out all the details and get advice from professional plumbers, shower installers and electricians so the shower space will fit your needs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Impress Your Guests: How a Custom Conference Table Can Set Your Business Apart

Impress Your Guests: How a Custom Conference Table Can Set Your Business Apart

If you’re like many business owners, then you take great care and feel an immense amount of pride in the way your business and your brand is displayed to the world. Every product or service provided speaks to who you are, as does every advertisement or piece of marketing. This can also include your office space itself, especially the conference or meeting room, where important deals are closed, contracts are signed, and hands are shaken.

Of course, you’re conducting your business every daythere too, so in addition to impressing prospective clients and helping to close deals, you want to feel good about showing up to the office every day. A custom designed conference table can help all of this and more, ensuring your business stands apart from the crowd with a beautiful, eye-catching aesthetic that is sure to impress.

There are a number of ways to customize a conference table. One of the best is with custom solid surface conference tables. With solid surface, you get a durable and easy to maintain solution, but also one that truly looks the part, and offers near limitless opportunities for customization.

One popular choice is to create inlaid conference tables. Here, you can select different colors, perhaps opting to match your brand’s color scheme, with dozens of options available.

Different designs can also be created and imprinted in your conference table. Many companies opt for logo conference tables, having their logo itself proudly emblazoned on a beautiful, expansive table. It looks great for clients, customers, and partners, and it will make you proud every time you pull up a chair for a meeting or presentation.

Inlaid conference tables can also be further customized in a number of ways. You can choose different table sizes and shapes, as well as several different edge profiles. So whether you want a commanding boat-shaped conference table with room for 20 and a brightly inlaid logo sprawling across its surface to showcase as the centerpiece of your conference room, or a simple, yet custom design, it’s all possible.

Tower Industries has over two decades of producing custom conference tables for a wide range of clients. Our Meridian Solid Surface conference tables offer a beautiful and unique way to stand apart from the crowd and impress in the boardroom. Explore our custom conference tables gallery or call us at 800.807.8889 for further assistance.

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Countertop Comparison – Meridian Solid Surface vs. Granite Countertops

Countertop Comparison – Meridian Solid Surface vs. Granite Countertops

If you’ve watched a single episode of any home flipping show on HGTV or DIY Network, you’d think the number one choice in countertops must be granite. And, while granite countertops definitely offer a splendid appearance, the well-known material does have its downfalls.

1. Granite countertops can be stained.

Granite is a porous material, which means if it’s not sealed properly, it can absorb liquids like wine, juice, or oil, which may cause a stain that’s impossible to remove.

2. Granite countertops can harbor bacteria.

Following the same line of thinking as #1, because of its porous nature, granite can harbor bacteria, causing an unsafe environment in your kitchen or bathroom.

3. Granite countertops can chip and crack.

Although it’s a pretty durable material, granite does have the potential to chip or crack if a heavy object is dropped on it. If this does happen, “repairing” granite is not an easy task.

4. Granite is one of the most expensive countertop materials.

Finally, granite isn’t cheap! With per square foot prices that can sometimes push upwards of $100, granite is definitely on the high side when it comes to price.

How Does Meridian Solid Surface® Compare with Granite Countertops?

Meridian Solid Surface is ideally suited for a multitude of residential and commercial applications, including custom countertops, vanity tops, and integral sinks. Known for exceptional beauty, outstanding durability, and design flexibility, Meridian Solid Surface is engineered to be shaped, molded, and fabricated into the surface of your dreams.

1. Meridian Solid Surface is non-porous.

All Meridian Solid Surface products are made from a non-porous, homogeneous blend of resin and natural mineral fillers, making it resistant to stains and the harboring of bacteria. This also makes it extremely easy to clean and maintain using standard household cleaning products.

2. Meridian Solid Surface is stronger than stone.

While granite may be prone to chips and cracks, the engineering process of Meridian Solid Surface makes it practically indestructible. And, even if a scratch did occur, because of its homogeneous makeup, Meridian Solid Surface can be lightly sanded and cleaned up to look good as new.

3. Meridian Solid Surface countertops can be customized to your specific needs.

When engineered, Meridian Solid Surface is in a liquid state, which allows for complete flexibility in the design and layout of a countertop surface. Unique shapes and custom colors (including the appearance of granite!) are easily achieved with Meridian Solid Surface.

4. The cost of Meridian Solid Surface can be as much as half of granite.

Meridian Solid Surface ranges from $40 to $60 per square foot, a fraction of the cost of granite. And, with its durability and flexibility in design, that value becomes even more important.

Meridian Solid Surface offers several advantages over granite countertops; but it’s up to you to decide whether it’s the right choice for your individual situation. If you’re interested in looking deeper into the difference, give us a call at (330) 837-2216. We’d be happy to answer your questions.



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7 Benefits of Solid Surface

7 Benefits of Solid Surface

We’re not going to claim that solid surface is the answer for EVERY institutional, commercial, or residential project. However, we can certainly share the benefits of solid surface when it comes to university residence hall showers, commercial countertop applications, bathroom sink vanity tops, and many other situations.

From its safety and durability to its beauty and flexibility, solid surface just might be your best bet. Check out the infographic here to see if solid surface will work for your project.

Universities & Healthcare

For institutional settings, like universities and healthcare facilities, its safety, longevity, and low maintenance make solid surface a strong option to consider. Whether a retrofit scenario, a brand new hospital wing, or a residence hall expansion, solid surface practically eliminates many of the concerns that typically arise from other choices, like:

  • Porous material (allowing bacteria build-up)
  • Hard to clean
  • Difficult to repair
  • Lack of flexibility in design and functionality

Solid surface is the opposite of each of these, which makes it a great selection for your next project.

Commercial & Hospitality

Hotels, restaurants, and offices often use solid surface because of its durability and beautiful, custom design options. In fact, we recently created a 100 percent custom-fabricated countertop solution for national eatery Dean & DeLuca that included 70 linear feet of undulating hills and valleys of Meridian Solid Surface material to immerse the consumer into the food experience.

Residential

Homeowners, home builders, and remodelers choose solid surface for its durability, easy cleanup, and beauty, often selecting from a variety of textures and colors that can mimic granite, marble, and stone, at only a fraction of the cost of these other materials.

Clearly, you’ll need to consider all the specific factors of your project; but in looking at the many benefits of solid surface highlighted here, it should likely be one of your top choices.

If you have questions about how our solid surface material can be customized to fit within your project, please give us a call at (800) 807-8889 or click here to request more information.

 

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Natural Stone or Solid Surface: Choosing Your New Kitchen Countertops

Natural Stone or Solid Surface: Choosing Your New Kitchen Countertops

Looking for a way to update the look of your kitchen? While new cabinets can go a long way toward transforming your space, nothing beats replacing your old countertops with something new. You have quite a few choices when it comes to material, though, so it pays to know a bit more about those options in order to make an informed decision. Two of the most popular materials are natural stone and solid surface countertops. What are the differences, and which is better for your needs?

Solid Surface Countertops

Let’s start the discussion with solid surface countertops. If you think laminate counters are the only choice, you need to dig a bit deeper. We’re not talking about low-quality plastic here.

Modern solid surface counters go well beyond laminate in terms of durability, lifespan and even color options. For instance, our Meridian Solid Surface is bold, beautiful and eye-catching. It’s also nonporous and incredibly durable. In fact, we back it with a 10-year warranty, which is not something you will find with most other materials.

We manufacture your Meridian Solid Surface countertops in house, right in our own facility. We also customize the counter to your specifications, including size, thickness and colors. If you’re worried that the seams will stand out (like older laminate types), rest easy. They’re inconspicuous and sometimes completely invisible. And, because this material is stronger than stone, you’ll have a beautiful countertop that will last almost forever.

Natural Stone

When it comes to natural stone countertops, granite is the number one choice (note that quartz counter tops are not considered natural stone, so they don’t come into this particular discussion). You can also find marble and soapstone countertops on the market, but we do not recommend these. Both are softer than granite, and will require considerable maintenance over time. They’re also more easily damaged.

Granite is indisputably beautiful. It’s also available in a range of colors and patterns. No two granite countertops will be identical, either, because each piece of stone is unique. Of course, this also means that if your counter requires two pieces of granite joined together, there will be some difference in grain and pattern where they meet at the seam.

Stone is also very durable and will last for a long time. However, there are some drawbacks here. For instance, the seams are actually more visible with a granite kitchen countertop than with Meridian Solid Surface.

Another consideration here is the fact that granite must be resealed every few years to prevent staining. Unsealed granite is porous, and any liquids spilled on it will seep into the stone itself. Of course, there is also the fact that granite, while very durable, is susceptible to temperature fluctuations. That means setting a hot pan down on the counter itself is a very bad idea, as the heat can crack the stone, leaving you with a damaged counter in need of replacement.

Making Your Choice

In the end, choosing between Meridian Solid Surface and natural granite can be tough to do. Both are beautiful and durable. Both offer a long lifespan (when properly cared for). Solid Surface is the more affordable option, but both can be customized to fit your design needs and sense of style, too.

We offer both granite and Solid Surface countertops to fit your home’s design, and your budget. To learn more about the options available to you, get in touch with us today.


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How to Select the Right Countertop Material

How to Select the Right Countertop Material

As you begin planning for your next kitchen or bathroom build or remodel, there are many factors that play a role in the project, such as design, labor, timing, and budget. And, one of the biggest areas is sure to be the question of materials.

Focusing specifically on countertops, we all know we need to look at the expected use of the countertop and the needs of the user. As a result, an imperative question to ask is: what is the right countertop material for this project?

Because there are a plethora of options available, let’s take a deeper dive into countertop material options to be able to best answer.

Natural Stone

Natural stone, such as granite, is heat resistant, long lasting, and durable. Sealing is generally required, as well as regular maintenance, to uphold the appearance through the years. Granite is available in a large variety of colors and patterns giving a custom look to every installation. Because granite is cut into long slabs, there are very few seams. Tower Industries has sophisticated software allowing us to digitally select the placement of seams to keep the look flowing nicely.

Quartz Surfacing

A blend of quartz and added pigments creates quartz surfacing, which has the look and feel of natural stone. Available in a variety of color and texture options, quartz also offers uniformity in color, unlike natural stone. Quartz is heat and stain resistant, easy to clean, and does not require sealing.

Stainless Steel

A modern choice, stainless steel is resistant to heat, bacteria, and stains. The material can be susceptible to dents, which could be difficult to repair. Additionally, very regular cleaning is required, as the surface is susceptible to smudges, streaks, and fingerprints. An analysis of the end user and frequency of use would be best advised when selecting this material, which could work quite well in the appropriate kitchen.

Solid Surface

Available in hundreds of colors, textures, and patterns, solid surface countertops are resistant to stains, scratches, and moisture. Solid surface is durable, repairable, and virtually maintenance free. Any potential scratches can be sanded away. With solid surface countertops, the design possibilities are endless. This beautiful material can be made to resemble stone or concrete, and can be manufactured to create almost any custom countertop imaginable.

Laminate

Made with a thin plastic resin covering plywood, laminate is durable, stain resistant, and easy to clean. The lowest cost option, this material is available in hundreds of colors and patterns, and can be made to mimic stone, metal, and wood. Scratches and cracks, though, cannot be repaired.

Tile

A great-looking option, tile is classy and available in a variety of colors. Unfortunately, the installation is more complex due to grouting, and regular maintenance is required with re-grouting, deep cleaning, and sealants. Tile is also susceptible to chips, cracks, and staining in the grouting area. An option is to utilize this material in a secondary area, such as the backsplash or on a kitchen island.

Wood

Wood is a natural beauty and is always striking in appearance. The material must be sealed or oiled regularly, though. Wood can also be vulnerable to stains, heat, and moisture, so like tile, might be better suited for a secondary area.

Concrete

Made to resemble natural stone, concrete is available in a variety of colors and is cured and finished to provide a smooth and flat surface. Concrete requires regular maintenance, must be sealed, and is extremely heavy, so is often times saved for projects where the customer specifically requests it.

In the end, the final countertop material decision weighs on the amount of tolerable maintenance by the user in comparison to the desired appearance and durability. All of these materials have pros and cons that must be analyzed, yet solid surface countertops have a tendency to rise to the top of the list. Being virtually maintenance-free, offering many beautiful and custom options, and providing long lasting durability, solid surface is a countertop material that just might solve all needs for your project.

Wondering which material is right for your next project? Contact us today to discuss all the options Tower has to offer!

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