Architectural Specs for Meridian Solid Surface Shower Products

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SHOWER PANS / SHOWER RECEPTORS

SHOWER WALL PANELS

SHOWER TRIM MOLDINGS

SHOWER ACCESSORIES

Tower Industries, Inc.
2101 Ninth St. SW, Massillon OH 44647
330.837.2216
www.TowerShowers.com

PART 1 – GENERAL

1.1 RELATED SECTIONS

  1. Related work specified in other sections:
    • 01 33 00   “Submittal Procedures”
    • 06 10 00 “Rough Carpentry”
    • 06 20 00 “Finish Carpentry”
    • 07 92 00 “Joint Sealants”
    • 09 72 00 “Wall Coverings”
    • 22 42 00 “Commercial Plumbing Fixtures”
    • 22 43 00 “Healthcare Plumbing Fixtures”

1.2 REFERENCES

  1. Codes and Standards referenced in this section refer to the latest edition thereof.
  2. Applicable Standards referenced herein:
    • ASTM: American Society for Testing and Materials
    • ANSI: American National Standards Institute
    • NSF: National Sanitation Foundation

1.3 SUMMARY

  1. Section includes:
    • Meridian Solid Surface® material, as indicated and specified
  2. Work Specified in this Section:
    • One-piece Standard Shower Pans / Shower Receptors
    • Custom Shower Pans/Shower Receptors
    • Custom Shower Thresholds
    • Shower and Tub Wall Panels
    • Shower Accessories
    • Shower Trim Moldings

1.4 DEFINITION

  1. Solid surface is a homogeneous thermoset polymer compound, comprised of acrylic and polyester components blended with pigments and/or mineral fillers and filled with alumina trihydrate. Material is non-porous and homogenous, with uniform color and pattern throughout the entire thickness.

1.5 SUBMITTALS

  1. Shop Drawings - Installer shall provide detailed shop drawings indicating all details for installation.
  2. Submit samples for Product Verification, 4”x4”x1/4” nominal
  3. Submit samples of full range of available colors for color selection
  4. Care & Maintenance Data - Provide manufacturer’s care and maintenance instructions

1.6 DELIVERY, STORAGE AND HANDLING

  1. Transport and deliver all items in appropriate packaging to prevent damage.
  2. Handle materials to prevent damage to adjacent surfaces and previous work.
  3. Carry all shower wall panels vertically to avoid breakage during transport.

1.7 QUALITY ASSURANCE

  1. Source Limitations
    • Where solid surface shower bases, solid surface wall panels, or other solid surface shower components are indicated on drawings, the material shall be Meridian Solid Surface®, manufactured by Tower Industries, Inc., 2101 Ninth St. SW, Massillon, OH  44647. Phone 330.837.2216
  2. Installation Qualifications
    • Meridian Solid Surface® Shower products shall be installed in accordance with published Meridian shower product installation procedures packaged with each shower base and available at www.TowerShowers.com.

1.8 WARRANTY

  1. Furnish the manufacturer’s Limited Ten-Year Commercial Warranty covering defects in material and workmanship. Term of warranty to commence upon date product is delivered to the jobsite.

PART 2 - PRODUCTS

2.1 MANUFACTURER / BASIS OF DESIGN

Tower Industries, Inc.
2101 Ninth St. SW, Massillon OH  44647
330.837.2216
www.TowerShowers.com

2.2 MATERIALS

  1. Solid Polymer Fabrications
    1. Solid surface material shall be Meridian Solid Surface®, manufactured by Tower Industries, Inc., 2101 Ninth St. SW, Massillon, OH  44647. Phone 330.837.2216
    2. Solid surface material shall be a homogeneous thermoset polymer compound comprised of acrylic and polyester components blended with pigments and/or mineral fillers and filled with alumina trihydrate. Materials shall be non-porous and homogenous, with uniform color and pattern throughout the entire thickness. Materials shall be 100% repairable.
    3. Solid surface material shall meet or exceed all performance requirements listed in Section F below.
    4. All products shall carry a Limited Ten-Year Commercial Warranty covering defects in material and workmanship.
  2. Products
    1. Standard, One-Piece Shower Pans / Shower Receptors
      1. Standard shower pans shall be Meridian Solid Surface®, manufactured by Tower Industries, Inc., 2101 Ninth St. SW, Massillon, OH  44647. Phone 330.837.2216
      2. Standard shower pans shall be manufactured from solid cast polyester/acrylic blend resin and have fixed drain locations, coved side walls, a minimum 3”wide panel platform with a minimum 5° slope and a 1” minimum water dam.
      3. Shower pans shall have a pebble-textured, non-skid floor pitched toward the drain at a minimum 0.6° slope (1/8” per foot)
      4. Shower pans shall have a non-slip co-efficient rating of .30 or greater as registered by the ASTM F462 slip resistance test method.
      5. Shower Pans shall be a minimum of 9/16” thick at the thinnest point of the drain orifice
      6. Shower pans shall meet the minimum ANSI Z124.2 certification.
      7. Shower pan model(s) shall be as follows:
        1. 36”x36” Square, Model MSB3636S
        2. 36”x36” Neo-Angle, Model MSB3636SN
        3. 38”x38” Neo-Angle, Model MSB3838SN
        4. 42”x42” Square, Model, MSB4242S
        5. 42”x42” Neo-Angle, Model MSB4242SN
        6. 48”x36” Rectangular, Model MSB4836S
        7. 48”x48” Square, Model MSB4848S
        8. 60”x30” End-Drain, Model MSB6030SR or MSB6030SL (Drain hand as shown on drawings)
        9. 60”x32” End-Drain, Model MSB6032SR or MSB6032SL (Drain hand as shown on drawings)
        10. 39”x39” Square Accessible, Model MSB3939SADA
        11. 42”x42” Square Accessible, Model MSB4242SADA
        12. 60”x36” Rectangular Accessible, Model MSB6036SADA
      8. Accessible shower pans shall have a shop-applied flange of flexible waterproof membrane permanently affixed to accessible threshold for integration into adjacent finished floor at time of floor installation.
    b. Custom Shower Pans / Shower Receptors
      1. Custom shower pans shall be Meridian Solid Surface®, manufactured by Tower Industries, Inc., 2101 Ninth St. SW, Massillon, OH  44647. Phone 330.837.2216.
      2. Custom shower pans shall be manufactured from solid cast polyester/acrylic blend resin and have adjustable drain locations.
      3. Shower Pans shall be a minimum of 9/16” thick at the thinnest point of the drain orifice and a minimum of 1-1/4” thick at the perimeter.
      4. Shower pans shall be comprised entirely of Meridian Solid Surface®, with no voids or filler materials at underside of pan.
      5. Custom shower pans shall be supplied with a minimum 6”high, bi-level water dam at three sides and 4”high water dam at threshold side.
        1. Water dams shall be a minimum of 3/4” wide at lower ledge
        2. Water dam to be omitted at threshold side when using Independent Barrier-Free Threshold
      6. Custom shower pans shall have a textured, non-skid floor pitched toward the drain at a minimum 0.6° slope (1/8” per foot). Floor texture for custom shower base shall be as follows:
        1. Pebble-Textured, Model MSB0000CP (Enter base size in lieu of the zeroes)
          1. a. Shower pans with pebble-textured floor shall have a non-slip co-efficient rating of .30 or greater as registered by the ASTM F462 slip resistance test method.
        2. Tile-Pattern Textured, Model MSB0000CT (Enter base size in lieu of the zeroes)
            a. Shower pans with tile-pattern textured floor shall have a non-slip co-efficient rating of .06 or greater as registered by the ASTM F462 slip resistance test method.
      7. Custom shower pans shall be supplied with integral solid surface threshold at one open side. Integral threshold type shall be as follows:
        1. Integral Raised Shower Threshold, Model MSBTI00RA
          (Enter threshold length in lieu of the zeroes)
        2. Integral Accessible Shower Threshold, Model MSBTI00ACC
          (Enter threshold length in lieu of the zeroes)
          1. a. Integral Accessible Shower Threshold shall have a permanently-affixed, shop-applied flange of flexible waterproof membrane for integration into adjacent finished floor at time of floor installation.
      8. Custom shower pans shall be supplied with independent solid surface threshold at one open side. Independent threshold type shall be as follows:
        1. 1. Independent Raised Shower Threshold MSBTD00RA
          (Enter threshold length in lieu of the zeroes)
          2. Independent Barrier-Free Threshold, Model MSBTD00BF
          (Enter threshold length in lieu of the zeroes)
      9. Shower pans shall meet the minimum ANSI Z124.2 certification.
    c. Shower Wall Panels
      1. Shower wall panels shall be Meridian Solid Surface®, manufactured by Tower Industries, Inc., 2101 Ninth St. SW, Massillon, OH  44647. Phone 330.837.2216.
      2. Shower wall panels shall be manufactured from solid cast polyester/acrylic blend resin.
      3. Shower wall panel type shall be as follows:
        1. 1/4” thickness, Model MSP140000
          (Enter panel size in lieu of the zeroes)
      4. Shower wall panels shall be manufactured and supplied at largest practical sizes so as to minimize seaming at the jobsite.
      5. Shower wall panels shall be trimmed and scribed at time of installation to ensure proper fit
    d. Shower Trim Moldings
      1. Shower trim moldings shall be Meridian Solid Surface®, manufactured by Tower Industries, Inc., 2101 Ninth St. SW, Massillon, OH  44647. Phone 330.837.2216.
      2. Shower trim moldings shall be manufactured from solid cast polyester/acrylic blend resin.
      3. Shower trim molding type(s) shall be as follows:
        1. Batten Strip, 2”W x 1/4” thick x lengths as shown on drawings, Model MSTM00BA
          (Enter trim molding length in lieu of the zeroes)
        2. Inside Corner Molding, Chamfered, 1”W x 1/2” thick x lengths as shown on drawings, Model MSTM00IC
          (Enter trim molding length in lieu of the zeroes)
        3. CornerSeal® Inside Corner Molding, 1” x 1” x lengths as shown on drawings, Model MSTM00CS
          (Enter trim molding length in lieu of the zeroes)
          1. a. CornerSeal® Inside Corner Molding shall be installed using CornerSealant® Solid Surface Molding Adhesive supplied by Tower Industries, Inc. See section 3.2 Installation of this Specification Section for additional information.
        4. Outside Corner Moldings, Miter-Folded, 1” x 1” x lengths as shown on drawings, Model MSTM00OC
          (Enter trim molding length in lieu of the zeroes)
    e. Shower Accessories
      1. Shower accessories shall be Meridian Solid Surface®, manufactured by Tower Industries, Inc., 2101 Ninth St. SW, Massillon, OH  44647. Phone 330.837.2216.
      2. Shower accessories shall be manufactured from solid cast polyester/acrylic blend resin.
      3. Shower accessory types(s) shall be as follows:
        1. Single Corner Soap Dish, Model MSACSD
        2. Corner Soap & Shampoo Caddy, Model MSACSC
        3. Corner Shower Seat, Model MSACSS
  3. Color
    1. Shower Base & Threshold Color
      1. To be selected from manufacturer’s standard selection of solid colors
      2. To be selected from manufacturer’s standard selection of granite-patterned colors
    2. Shower Wall Panel Color
      1. To be selected from manufacturer’s standard selection of solid colors
      2. To be selected from manufacturer’s standard selection of granite-patterned colors
    3. Shower Accessory & Trim Molding Color
      1. To be selected from manufacturer’s standard selection of solid colors
      2. To be selected from manufacturer’s standard selection of granite-patterned colors
  4. Finish
    1. All products to be supplied in Matte Finish
  5. Basic Limitations
    1. Material designed for interior use only.
  6. Performance Characteristics
    1. Comprehensive Analysis Data - Meridian Solid Surface®
    2. Test Type

      Test Method

      Meridian Tested Results

      Hardness

      ASTM D-2583-95

      58 - 62

      Tensile Strength

      ASTM D-638

      3520 psi

      Tensile Modulus

       

      11 x 105

      Gloss

      NEMA LD 3-3 1513.2

      5 - 20

      Wear and Clean

      ANSI Z124.3

      Passes

      Abrasion Resistance

      ASTM C501

      0.9 grams @ 1000 cycles

      Cigarette Resistance

      NEMA LD3-3.07

      No Effect

      Boiled Water Resistance

      NEMA LD3 - 3.05/3.5

      See Below*

      High Temperature Resistance

      NEMA LD3 - 3.06/3.5

      No Effect

      Chemical Resistance

      ANSI Z124.3

      No Effect

      Colorfastness

      ASTM D-2565

      No Effect

      Conductive Heat

      NEMA LD3 - 3.08/ 3.8N

      No Effect

      Stain Resistance

      ANSI Z124.3

      Passes - 26

      Water Absorption

      ASTM D- 570- 95

      0.022

      Flammability

      ASTM E- 84

      Class 1

      Impact Resistance

      NEMA LD3-3.3

      No fracture

      % Cure by DSC

      Analytical

      99%

      Shower Receptor

      ANSI Z124.2

      PASS

      * Boiling water and high temperature resistance tests may have an effect on the surface;
        however, the surface can be renewed to ‘No Effect’.

    3. Fire Test Data
      1. Solid Surface materials shall be classified by Underwriters Laboratories under UL File Number R14436 for surface burning characteristics.
      2. Test data for Solid Surface panels shall be generated according to ASTM E 84: Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials. This procedure is catalogued by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. as UL 723. For panels with a thickness of one-half inch (13 mm), the Flame Spread Index is less than or equal to 25 and the Smoke Developed Index is less than or equal to 25.
    4. Materials shall comply with the following Codes
      1. Approved by NSF International Standard 51 “Splash Zone” areas.
      2. ASTM G-22 bacterial resistance
      3. ASTM G-21 fungal resistance

PART 3 - EXECUTION

3.1  EXAMINATION

  1. Examine all substrates to receive solid surfacing for compliance with installation tolerances and other conditions affecting performance of work.
  2. Proceed with installation only after unsatisfactory conditions have been corrected.

3.2 INSTALLATION

  1. Install products plumb and level in locations indicated, in accordance with manufacturer’s recommended installation procedures.
    1. Trim and scribe all shower wall panels and shower trim moldings to ensure proper fit.
    2. Form field joints at wall panels (where required) using manufacturer’s recommended adhesive, with joints inconspicuous in finished work.
    3. Cut and finish component edges with clean, sharp returns.
  2. CornerSeal® Inside Corner Trim Molding and CornerSealant® Solid Surface Molding Adhesive shall be installed and used in accordance with instructions provided by Tower Industries, Inc.
    1. CornerSeal® Inside Corner Trim Molding shall be installed using a continuous bead of CornerSealant® Solid Surface Molding Adhesive.
    2. CornerSealant® Solid Surface Molding Adhesive shall be applied so as to completely fill the void behind the molding and between the adjacent wall panels.
    3. Installer shall comply with all requirements contained within the CornerSeal® and/or CornerSealant® installation instructions provided by Tower Industries, Inc.
  3. Coordinate plumbing installation with Division 22.

3.3 CLEANING

  1. Keep components clean during installation.
  2. Remove all adhesives and sealants from the product surfaces.
  3. After installation is complete, remove all excess adhesive, dirt and debris from the installation area.

3.4 PROTECTION

  1. Protect surfaces from damage until project is completed. Repair or replace damaged components which cannot be repaired to the Architect’s satisfaction.