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Case Study: Solid Surface Shower Walls vs. Tile

February 8, 2023

How Solid Surface Showers Shaped Like Tile Helped a Premier Contracting Firm

Homestead Construction is a premier contracting firm in Columbus, Ohio. Find out what challenges they faced and how Tower Industries found a solution in customized solid surface tile wall panels.


In 2022, the nation faced a shortage in skilled labor and an increase in labor cost. Homestead Construction felt the pain of a changing economic landscape. The one thing that didn’t change was the time it took to complete a tile project. These factors presented real challenges for their business.

Available Labor

Building projects for home and businesses were on the rise, but skilled labor was hard to find.

Labor Cost

A scarcity of skilled labor meant that workers had the power to name their wage. The wages increased.


Tile projects are time intensive. Workers needed to set, grout and seal the tile. And each step depended on labor that was hard to find and expensive to retain.


Finally, Dave Anderson called to Tower Industries to see what they could do. “I know you make solid surface wall panels,” he asked. “But can you make them look like tile?”

The simple answer: yes.

Meridian®️️️️ Solid Surface wall panels can be supplied with a tile look. Tower Industries supplied 40,000 square feet of solid surface wall panels with the appearance of tile.

This helped the construction company:

Save on Time

Traditional tile projects have more steps that take a lot of patience and time. A single Meridian®️️️️ Solid Surface wall panel can be installed quickly, without the need to wait for grout or sealer to dry.

Save on Labor Costs

Solid surface wall panels from Tower Industries can cover an entire wall and be installed by carpenters in one hour. This saves an average of 6 hours of skilled labor costs.

Save on Maintenance

Meridian®️️️️ Solid Surface is easy to clean, non-porous and durable. Compared to regular tile with grout, the solid surface wall panel is very easy to maintain. There’s no need to seal the grout annually, repair or clean stained grout. Meridian®️️️️ Solid Surface’s wall panels make maintenance easy.


6 Hours – The number of skilled labor hours it takes to install tile on a shower wall.

1 Hour – The average time it takes to install a Meridian®️️️️ Solid Surface wall panel that covers an entire shower wall.

15 Years – Each solid surface material from Tower Industries comes with a 15-year limited warranty. Most tile companies only have a 1-year warranty.

Customizable Solid Surface Materials

Tower Industries makes customizable Meridian®️️️️ Solid Surface in Massillon, Ohio. In addition to solid surface showers and bases, they also provide wall and toilet partitions and countertops for building projects in the following industries:

  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Higher education
  • Military and government

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