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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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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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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Solid Surface Manufacturing: Behind The Scenes

At Tower Surface’s 60,000 sq. foot manufacturing facility in Massillon, Ohio, solid surface products are cast in molds each and every day. The capacity and capabilities of our facility allow us to offer turnkey products to vendors no matter what quantity they may need. Whether someone is in need of one product or one thousand, we pride ourselves on being able to handle practically any job that might come through our doors.

There’s no getting around the fact that there is a tremendous amount of opportunity for growth with solid surface, which is why we’ve chosen to invest in such an impressive line for manufacturing. Solid surface countertops, sinks, and shower basins are the preferred choice for modern residence halls, hospitals and other types of institutions, as they perform exceptionally well, are simple to install, and can be cleaned/sanitized with ease.

The future of solid surface manufacturing at Tower Surfaces is looking bright. As more of today’s institutions look toward this material as the preferred option for surfaces of all kinds, it’ll no doubt continue to move in a forward direction. To catch a glimpse of what it’s like at our Massillon, Ohio plant, have a look at this video.

Contact us today to learn more by calling (330) 837-2216.

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Natural Stone vs. Solid Surface: What’s the Difference?

At Tower Industries, we sell several different types of surfacing solutions, including quartzsolid surface, and natural stone.

We talked about quartz vs. natural stone in this blog post. Now, it’s time to shine the spotlight on natural stone vs. solid surface. How are these materials the same? How are they different? How should you determine which material is right for your application?

Let’s get to it.

NATURAL STONE

Natural stone (granite) is just that—it’s 100% organic, made by Mother Nature herself. It’s quarried from the earth in large blocks, sliced into slabs, polished on one side, and then shipped to the broker or fabricator.

Characteristics of natural stone:

  • 100% natural. ‘Nuff said.

  • Unique. No two slabs are alike, which can be a huge selling point (originality), but this also means you won’t find identical color and pattern from one slab to the next.

  • Strong and durable, but not indestructible. You can damage natural stone through excessive force or sudden fluctuations in temperature (which is why you should always use a trivet before placing a hot pan or pot on a natural stone counter).

  • Porous. In order to prevent staining and, more importantly, the harboring of germs and other icky stuff in the stone’s nooks and crannies, we recommend sealing natural stone countertops once a year.

  • Easy to clean when sealed properly. Use a soft cloth with warm water and any pH neutral, non-abrasive cleaner or mild dishwashing detergent. Rinse well to avoid a filmy residue and streaks.

  • Seams will be plainly visible, especially if the stone has veins or directional movement in the pattern.

 

SOLID SURFACE

Solid surface, on the other hand, is a man-made material composed typically of acrylic and/or polyester resins and pigments (the latter is what gives solid surface its color).

Characteristics of solid surface:

  • Manufactured surface.
  • Color variety. The color is controlled during the manufacturing process, so you can count on color consistency throughout the entire sheet and a wide variety of colors and patterns from which to choose.
  • Highly durable. Even more so than natural stone. Solid surface can withstand stronger impact  than stone. That said, solid surface can be damaged by excessive force and heat (we still recommend using trivets with hot pots and pans).
  • Non-porous. This surface is hygienic and doesn’t require sealing.
  • Easy to clean. A little soap and water usually does the trick.
  • Stain resistant. Thanks to the fact it’s non-porous.
  • Inconspicuous seams. This provides much more design flexibility. One popular application is combining a solid surface countertop with a solid surface sink bowl for a sleek and seamless look that is super-easy to clean.
  • Can be used in horizontal and vertical applications. Think beyond countertops—you can use solid surface in shower surrounds, wall panels, and backsplashes.

 

Now that you know more about natural stone and solid surface, how do you determine which material is the best choice for your application?

Think function. This is a personal decision, and only you can answer it honestly. If you want an ultra-low maintenance surfacing option due to the fact you have a large family, for example, and the countertop will see a lot of “action,” then solid surface beats out natural stone.

If, on the other hand, you want a truly unique look and you know you’ll keep up with a regular sealing schedule, natural stone can be a lovely choice. There really is no right or wrong answer—only what’s right or wrong for your particular circumstances.

Think aesthetics. Again, this is extremely subjective, and that’s OK. Your opinion is the only one that matters, at least when it comes to choosing materials for your own home. When you’re choosing materials that will appear in commercial settings, you need to think of the people who are using the space and what their likes and dislikes might be (same is true for the “function” test above…always consider the people who’ll be using the space).

The biggest difference between natural stone and solid surface when it comes to aesthetics is this: with natural stone, you’re truly going to have something that’s one of a kind. This might be extremely appealing.

When it comes to solid surface, you’re going to have many, many options in terms of colors and patterns. This can provide you or your designer a lot more design flexibility, which might carry its own appeal, depending on your goals.

Think price point. We’ll be honest here—natural stone will usually cost more than solid surface, so if budget is a big factor, keep this in mind.

 

Once you’ve made your decision, now comes the fun part: buying the material and awaiting the next step in the renovation process (e.g. the fabrication and installation of your new countertop). Before you buy, be sure to check out our product lines: Natural Stone CountertopsMeridian Solid Surface Countertops, and Meridian Solid Surface Acrylic Collection Countertops.

Happy shopping!

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4 Interesting Characteristics of Solid Surface Material

Back in July, we talked about why solid surface material is a “solid” choice for your countertop needs. We highlighted the big advantages: the material is non-porous, it comes in a wide array of colors, seams are rarely an issue, it’s easy to integrate with sinks, and cleanup is fast and simple.

But guess what? Here are four other interesting characteristics about solid surface material.

1. Memories may fade, but your solid surface countertop color won’t. 

Kitchen countertops see a lot of action, don’t they? We’re talking lazy Sunday breakfasts with The New York Times crossword puzzle, holiday parties, afternoon homework sessions with the kids, book club with cheese and crackers (and wine!), cooking marathons, coffee with friends, a dumping ground for permission slips, bills, and smartphones…well, you get the idea.

But despite all this traffic, the color of your solid surface counter will withstand the test of time…as well as that wine spill from an over-eager reader of Fifty Shades of Grey (we won’t tell).

Isn’t it nice to know there’s one color in your life that won’t fade?

2. Pow! Kerplunk! Yes, solid surfaces can take ALL THAT.

We’re not suggesting you beat on your solid surface countertops, but let’s face it: accidents do happen. As in, someone drops a plate, a pot, a book, a laptop…sometimes by mistake, sometimes on purpose (those of you with kids can relate, I’m sure).

Here’s the thing: solid surface material can withstand impact much better than other materials, especially granite. However, ANY countertop can be damaged by impact, so don’t abuse your solid surface countertop by any means. Solid surface may also show scuffs and scrapes that happen under normal everyday use. This is where its renewability is so important – these scuffs can be easily removed using materials that you can buy at your local grocery store. See our care and maintenance blog.

3. Moisture doesn’t scare solid surfaces (but it does scare plastic laminates).

Because solid surfaces are, well, SOLID and homogenous, moisture can’t penetrate the material. This is an important characteristic, since moisture is one of the biggest reasons laminates separate and ultimately fail.

4. How unseemly your seams are, dear tile.

Tile is a popular choice in the kitchen, especially for backsplashes, but people tend to forget about All. That. Grout. Why is grout such a problem? Because it requires constant cleaning (you better save those old toothbrushes, folks!). Tile is also prone to cracks (and guess what can get in there?).

With a solid surface material, cleanup is a snap and you don’t need to worry about cracks harboring yucky things like mold, mildew, or bacteria.

So there you have it: four interesting but lesser known facts about solid surfaces. What do you think? Are you convinced this material was made in countertop heaven?

By the way, be sure to check out our solid surface collections: Meridian Solid Surface Acrylic Collection and Meridian Solid Surface Countertops.

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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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