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Countertops in Bars, Restaurants, and Lounges

Countertops in Bars, Restaurants, and Lounges

Bars and restaurants in 2017 are increasingly realizing the benefits of installing unique, high-quality countertops. Why are beautiful countertops coming into fashion for restaurants, and how should you incorporate them into your establishment? In this blog, we answer those questions and more so that you too can take part in the new trend for style and substance in restaurant design. Continue reading “Countertops in Bars, Restaurants, and Lounges”

Tower Industries Unveils New Website

Tower Industries Unveils New Website

Tower Industries, Inc is pleased to announce the launch of its newly-redesigned website towersurfaces.com. Along with a more contemporary design, changes have been made to the site-wide navigation to help homeowners, designers and architects find the information they need faster. Continue reading “Tower Industries Unveils New Website”

Are Your Showers Accessible?

Are Your Showers Accessible?

Are the showers in your facility accessible? You may think they are, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind when designing for accessibility. If you don’t have the experience or a full checklist to evaluate and ensure compliance it’s easy to overlook a few essential details in shower accessibility. Learn more here about what it takes to have fully accessible showers. Continue reading “Are Your Showers Accessible?”

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.

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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.

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Innovative Teamwork Leads to Success on Residence Hall Project

Innovative Teamwork Leads to Success on Residence Hall Project

Innovative teamwork between Messer Construction Company and Tower Industries on a large, multi-phase residence hall project in Columbus, Ohio proved favorable after an unsettling start. The strategic actions of Messer and Tower generated a savings of nearly 30 percent on sleek solid surface showers and durable quartz vanity countertops throughout all phases of the project. Understanding their story and the degree of success will inspire a second look when contractors are faced with unfavorable outcomes.

As a design-build company, Messer was successfully awarded the residence hall construction project based on the company’s reputation, experience, and proposal. Proceeding to the construction phase, Messer first needed a signed-off copy of the first-phase drawings from the client. Messer then proceeded to assemble the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) base on the scope of work. The finalized drawings entered the bid market for pricing, and at that point, Messer discovered a serious issue. Continue reading “Innovative Teamwork Leads to Success on Residence Hall Project”

Tile vs. Solid Surface: Why Solid Surface Wins Out Every Time

Tile vs. Solid Surface: Why Solid Surface Wins Out Every Time

When it comes to kitchen counters, bathroom vanities, shower bases and the like, you have plenty of options in terms of materials from which to choose. Tile is one of the most popular materials on the market due to its relatively low cost, but it might not actually be worth your money (or your client’s) in the long term. In fact, when you drill down into the details, Solid Surface wins out over tile in the test of time.

We’ve broken down the entire cost equation between the two materials into individual segments to better highlight how each performs and why tile might not be the best choice for your build.

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The Cost of Ownership: Exposing the Pitfalls of Shower Surfacing Materials

The Cost of Ownership: Exposing the Pitfalls of Shower Surfacing Materials

The material chosen for shower surfaces has a significant impact on a wide range of things, ranging from the initial cost of installation to the amount (and cost) of maintenance needed to keep it in good condition, and even the lifespan you can expect from the material. There are quite a few options out there, but we will limit this discussion to fiberglass, tile and Solid Surface.

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