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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Comparing Quartz to Solid Surface Countertops: Knowing the Differences

Comparing Quartz to Solid Surface Countertops: Knowing the Differences

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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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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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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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How Does Custom Fabrication Work?

How Does Custom Fabrication Work?

Sometimes a project requires standard solid surface, quartz, or granite. Other times, a project might need a completely customized approach. When this is the case, you need to know you’ll get what you want without a lot of hassle. Working with Tower Industries to create a completely custom solution for your specific project is just as easy.

For projects, large or small, custom fabrication is an option to fit your unique requirements when a standard product just won’t do the trick. So how does custom fabrication work? Let’s cover the Who, When, What, and How of custom fabrication.

Who

Custom fabrication services are offered to provide surfacing for those who may have already selected a brand or color of product that Tower Industries does not regularly stock. Generally, architects, designers, general contractors, and construction managers tend to be our largest customers in this area, though homeowners have been known to utilize custom fabrication services, as well.

When

For commercial projects, in particular, products and colors are typically selected before the bid stage with little opportunity to change those particulars after-the-fact. By offering custom fabrication services, we are able to provide the desired product to architects and designers, regardless of whether the product is in stock or not. In other words, whatever the product or unique specifications, Tower Industries will work with our customers to provide the needed custom solution.

What

You asked for it; you got it! At Tower Industries, we will do whatever it takes to provide the products that our customers request. Sometimes challenges do exist, but we will work with you to meet the ultimate needs of your project.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the specific materials offered.

  • We are able to provide most brands and color choices of Solid Surface, including Corian, Hanex, Avonite, Formica Solid Surface, LG Hi-Macs, Staron, as well as many other national brands.
  • In need of quartz countertops instead? We can provide almost any brand or color of Quartz, including Caesarstone, Silestone, Hanstone, LG Viatera, Zodiaq, and many other national brands.
  • Regarding granite, Tower Industries can offer any color; and, given enough lead-time, we can special-order slabs in custom sizes, directly from the quarry. Custom granite countertops do have a tendency to become fairly expensive, but regardless of color selection, we will be able to obtain the material for your project!

Even different thicknesses of quartz and granite may be available, such as a 2cm thickness instead of the standard 3cm. In this area, though, supply can be inconsistent, as not all colors are available in alternate thicknesses, or might not be readily available in the immediate or nearby market.

Custom edge profiles are available in both stone and solid surface. It’s important to note stone costs are increased when using a custom profile as a result of the diamond bits required. Solid surface custom edge profiles, in contrast, use carbide router bits typically used for woodworking, which are easier to obtain.

Although custom fabrication services tend to be geared towards large volumes of similar products, for such projects as countertops for hotels or hospitals, we can absolutely produce individual countertops in unusual shapes or with out-of-the-box details.

How

So, how does this work exactly? Tower Industries’ state-of-the-art digital fabrication offers the precision of CNC and waterjet technology for stone fabrication, and the accuracy of CNC technology for solid surface. Better yet, we will consult with any architect or designer who needs additional information regarding the best fabrication techniques to achieve the desired design.

The bottom line is this: Tower Industries will work with project planners to create a custom solution that will meet the specific needs of your project. Our custom fabrication capabilities include designing, producing, and manufacturing just about anything your project requires.

Whether your project requires solid surface, quartz, or granite, sometimes a completely custom approach is necessary. Our Custom Fabrication capabilities mean we can design, produce, and manufacture just about anything you need. From custom edge profiles to unique logo inlays, we can help bring your vision to life. Contact us and let’s discuss how our custom fabrication services can help

 

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Granite Countertops: The Five Easy Steps to Your Project

Granite Countertops: The Five Easy Steps to Your Project

As most contractors can relate, complexities exist within any building project, particularly with an undertaking involving a new build or remodel of a kitchen or bathroom. Architects and builders might fantasize about the offering of a menu of options, quick customizable selections, and an easy ordering, design, and installation process.

Well, dreams do come true. At Tower Industries, we offer a simple process to allow ease in ordering, outlining, and installing an item quite imperative to a kitchen or bathroom project: the granite or custom countertop.

1. Selection

We live in a multiple-choice world. Consequently, with Tower Industries, selecting the look of the countertop might present one of the only challenges to the designer, as a plethora of options are available. A beautiful array of colors and designs exist in a standard offering, plus an even larger opportunity for appearance with custom countertop options. From swirls of black and white to coffees, greens, and golds, to pearls and crystals, the combinations and colors are virtually endless with granite, and Tower Industries offers the full assortment.

2. Extras

In addition to the beautiful color selections, granite countertop backsplash choices and edging profiles are equally important. To complete the overall appearance of the project, choose from a standard edge, such as square, waterfall, or bullnose; or move up to more deluxe options with beveled or chiseled edges for the countertop. After selecting the color, design, edge profile, you are ready to go with the next steps of your plan.

3. Design

Now, on to the fun part! Once the look of your project is solidified, and colors and extras have been chosen, Tower Industries will move forward with creating a template of the specifications required. In other words, we visit your site, take measurements, review basic design sketches, and then create a detailed template of the exact requirements for your granite or custom countertop plan.

4. Confirmation

Are we ready to go? The super-easy part is that once the designers or architects review the final template of the project, and provide approval, Tower Industries will accept the green light to move forward. Any changes? No problem. Redesign is expected. Approved changes will be incorporated in the custom countertop project. Once we receive final approval, we will execute the manufacturing of the final product design as promised.

5. Installation

It’s on! Once all approvals have occurred, and manufacturing is complete, the easiest part to an architect or builder’s project is the day of the granite or custom countertop installation. Tower Industries is the complete solution for any kitchen or bathroom project. Our certified and highly experienced installers install your beautiful, new countertop. We offer, supply, deliver, and install only the best for your project.

If your project involves granite countertops, working with Tower Industries is a no-brainer. We offer a simple solution from beginning to end. From gorgeous style options, to designing a template, to no-fuss installation, we present and deliver a quality product and design to keep your projects flowing as smoothly as possible.

If you’re working on a project with granite countertops, or any custom countertops, contact us here and let’s discuss how we can help.

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Faux Granite Countertops: 5 Things You Should Know

Faux Granite Countertops: 5 Things You Should Know

[vc_row 0=""][vc_column][vc_column_text 0=""]Are you looking for a potentially cheaper alternative to having the look of beautiful granite countertops? Do you already have an older countertop that is ready to be replaced? If you are considering faux granite countertops, let’s take a look at some important information to help you make your final decision.

1. Options and Installation

There are a few installation, or transformation, possibilities when selecting the faux granite look, ranging from seemingly simple to slightly more complex.  One option involves applying a contact paper-like product to a completely smoothed and cleaned surface. With this approach, the product is measured, cut, carefully applied to the counter, and then smoothed into place.

Another option entails using primers, acrylic paints, paintbrushes and sponges, as well as epoxy.  By referencing a piece of genuine granite and some do-it-yourself websites, this method involves painting the look of granite onto the countertop.  Either option will require personal involvement, a careful eye to detail, and a good amount of time, due to the hands-on nature of the project.

2. The Look

Compared to the old countertop, the faux look will definitely win the beauty contest.  But, how do faux granite countertops look compared to solid surface or genuine granite? Depending on how carefully the faux granite was applied or painted, the appearance could be very similar to the genuine product.  On the other hand, the length of time that has passed since the original transformation, or how well the converted countertop has been maintained, might give the reproduction away or show imperfections.

3. Use and Maintenance

When compared to the durability of solid surface and genuine granite countertops, faux granite will certainly require some tender loving care. Faux granite countertops can be more susceptible to burns, cuts, and scrapes, so an important reminder is to be careful when using the countertop. Take precautions before utilizing hot or sharp objects on the surface.  Further, regular cleaning and upkeep, such as dent refilling, repainting, or application of sealants, will help to lengthen the life of the look.

4. Durability

How long faux granite countertops will last depends on how well the product was applied and how well the countertop is maintained. Greater care equates to longer life, even several years, but faux granite will not last as long as genuine granite or solid surface countertops.

5. Cost and Value

Unquestionably, faux granite is much cheaper than genuine granite. Supplies for the products and tools to create the look of faux granite could be less than $100. Cost versus value is a determining factor in the long-term.  Although well-maintained faux granite countertops could provide years of beauty and use, solid surface and genuine granite countertops will ultimately add more value to your home.

At the end of the day, if you are the type of person that enjoys an artistic project and takes pride in adding unique and personal effects to your home and work space, while also working within a budget, then faux granite countertops may be the way to go.  However, if you want a no-fuss, long-lasting, and inherently beautiful countertop that will add value to your home, then solid surface or genuine granite should be considered.

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Solid Surface is a Solid Choice for Your Countertop Needs

When it comes to choosing countertops, materials like granite and quartz are often at the top of people’s wish lists. Today, I want to discuss another great option that often gets overlooked—solid surfaces.

Don’t consider it the ugly stepsister in countertop materials, folks. Solid surfaces are beautiful with lots of benefits. After you read this short article, don’t be surprised if you find yourself moving this material to the top of your must-have list.

Before I get into the benefits, let’s talk about what I mean when I say “solid surfaces.” In a recent blog post, I discussed the science behind solid surfaces, which are made using homogeneous acrylic or polyester-acrylic blend resins mixed with other natural additives to allow for total customization. Definitely check out that article when you get a chance.

Now, let’s get into the big benefits that solid surfaces offer:

1. Buh-bye, seams.

With granite and even quartz, seams can show. Not so with solid surfaces. This makes it an ideal choice for all designs, especially more complex ones, which brings me to my next point.

2. Hello, curves.

Fabricators can do so much more with solid surfaces because of its inherent flexibility, which makes it easier to shape. Think curves, turns, curls, and a whole bunch of other design options. In fact, think way beyond countertops. Solid surfaces can work in vertical applications as well (such as shower surrounds, partitions, dividers, backsplashes, and more).

3. Ready to binge on color? 

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With granite, what you see is what you get. Its so-called uniqueness is often a double-edged sword. Yes, each slab of granite is special because it’s one-of-a-kind, but it can often be difficult to work with since it doesn’t have a uniform appearance. While quartz does offer color consistency, solid surface is the material that will really impress you when it comes to color options. (Psst: that solid surface color swatch to the right is one of ours…it’s called Rainforest.)

3. Meet me at the intersection of cool sinks and countertops.

Designs often call for cohesion and smooth transitions, especially from countertops to sinks. With granite and quartz, this look is more difficult to achieve, but with solid surfaces, you can have your countertop and sink made from the same material. Talk about a cohesive look (and, again, one that doesn’t produce unsightly seams).

4. Give three cheers for easy, breezy cleaning (because no sealing).

Solid surfaces are non-porous, which means you don’t have to worry about bacteria and germs growing in nooks, crannies, or cracks. This makes cleaning straightforward—soapy sponges and hot water usually do the trick .Ongoing maintenance is super easy as well since there’s no annual sealing you have to worry about like you do with granite.

Bonus: solid surfaces are built to last, which is one of the many reasons most solid surfaces come with a limited 10-year warranty.

5. Tell your wallet to relax.

Granite and quartz typically cost more than solid surfaces. If you opt for solid surfaces, you get all the benefits above and extra wiggle room in your budget to boot—dollars you can put towards some other accent or design flourishes. That’s a win-win for everyone.

Be sure to check out our solid surface collections: Meridian Solid Surface Acrylic Collection and Meridian Solid Surface Countertops.

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