Photos Rob Smith
Marble, Porcelain, ceramic, white, beige, or black; the options available in the tile industry are seemingly endless, and the process of deciding on your tile can quite often feel overwhelming. Whether you are under a constant time crunch running subcontractor crews, designing a client’s dream home, or diving into the chaotic world of do-it-yourself Southern Tile’s owners, Nathan Green and Alan Dewberry, and their team are here to help.
For many years, Southern Tile has delivered more than quality products to their customers, they offer expert advice regarding product and design consultations to help make your project a success. Local builders, contractors, interior designers, and DIYers all come to Southern Tile to get the materials they want and the support they need.
KC Homes, Inc.
Dan Childs, Owner
Custom Home Builder
Dan Childs, owner of KC Homes, Inc., is a custom home builder who has worked with Southern Tile for years. Childs has been in the construction field since 1992, and it is fair to say he knows a thing or two about tile, however, he still relies on the expert team at Southern Tile. It is easy to become overwhelmed in the large mega-warehouse layout of some large distributors in Atlanta, but over the years, Childs has determined that a larger variety on the showroom floor is of little benefit when considering all the same quality product is available one-half mile from his office.
His loyalty to Southern Tile goes deeper than the convenience of shopping around the corner. When Childs sends a client to Southern Tile it is with the confidence in the level of support they will receive from the staff. The quality and variety are just as good as one can find in Atlanta, but at Southern Tile you get unparalleled service. “Good service, fair prices, and impeccable follow through. The staff at Southern Tile do what they say they will do. I can get most of my materials within a few days, and they are local. It just makes sense,” says Childs.
Long’s Construction, C and L Building Group
Marc Long, Owner, co-owner
Marc Long, owner of Long’s Construction and Co-owner of C and L Building Group, specializes in whole house remodels, residential additions, and light commercial remodeling. He has been in business in Rome since 2003. Having been a dedicated customer of Southern Tile, he knows the ins and outs of their process. The staff at Southern Tile help Long and his business partner, Jason Crumbly, considerably when it comes to supplying jobs and helping their clients make decisions. “We purchase all of our tile, and tile products, luxury vinyl plank flooring, and our laminates from Southern Tile,” says Long.
He contributes his returning business to their quality service. The staff at Southern Tile stays on top of things, returning calls the same day so he and his crews can plan their day. It is the report with all the staff that makes all the difference. “They know me and all my tile guys. My crew members can call for an estimated time of delivery of the product, and the staff at Southern Tile know who they are and keep on top of the details of our order. This is incredibly helpful because it leaves me out of the picture so that I can manage our project and handle other things,” says Long.
In recalling a recent remodel project in the Stonebridge neighborhood, he details the tremendous help of Southern Tile staff, Jennifer Parker. “This project turned out to be one of the classiest master bath remodels we have ever done. Jennifer helped our client pick the perfect porcelain tile and marble decorative accents to band the shower. Her eye for design and uncompromising customer service left an impression on our client. What impresses me the most is that the staff at Southern Tile seem to always look for ways to improve, whether it is their service or the technology they use. They are always pushing to do better, and I can see it,” recalls Long.
Enjoy the Process
Megan Watters, Interior Designer
Residential and Commercial Interior Designs
Megan Watters of MW Designs was at first wary about going to Southern Tile, not sure if they would satisfy the needs of her clientele and design style; she often sourced her projects in Atlanta or online. Admitting her preconceptions were wrong, she has been a dedicated returning customer for years, deeply grateful to have such a rich source here in Rome.
Primarily utilizing Southern Tile for the sales and sourcing of her materials, she has found their installers to be a helpful tool when someone is undertaking a small job and hasn’t hired a general contractor. When it comes down to it, Watters appreciates that she can always find what she is looking for. With an idea in mind or photos from a magazine, the staff helps waters pull together the look. “Southern Tile has presented me with a local option where I can make my client’s dreams for their homes come true.
I no longer must go to Atlanta to find quality products with style. They have a great showroom where I can take a client, present them with options, and pull together a design on the spot. It gives my clients some control over the design, giving them the opportunity to make decisions that they are going to see come to fruition.
It’s always fun for them to be a part of the process. That’s a satisfying feeling for them and for me especially,” says Watters. In addition to the local showroom, Watters attributes much success to Southern Tile’s product availability and fair pricing. She has been able to save money on jobs, as Southern Tile is more competitive in their pricing than sources she has used in the past.
Tap into the Potential
Hardy Realty, KM Designs
Kimberly Prusakowski, Realtor and Interior Decorator
Residential Marketing and Interior Decorating
As a designer, Kimberly Prusakowski has been helping clients create beautiful spaces to enjoy with their families for over 25 years. As a realtor, she helps clients searching for a new home to envision the potential of prospective properties. Prusakowski has relied on Nathan Green and his team for over a decade. As experts in the tile industry, their product knowledge and grip on best practices have her and her clients going back repeatedly for their tile resource needs.
Not every renovation goes perfectly to plan; Nathan and his team have saved more than one renovation project from disaster in over twenty years of service, both in Rome and at their Tile Factory Outlet location in Adairsville. “I am always grateful for their in-stock product options that I can order and pick up on the same day. I renovate homes for resale, and I help many of my real-estate clients to do the same.
Having local in-stock product availability is key to completing those kinds of projects expeditiously,” says Prusakowski. What products Southern Tile does not carry in stock they can always order, putting to rest any hesitation to send clients with all sorts of projects their way.
Do-it-Yourself, but Never Alone
Mr. and Mrs. Shea Hovers
Self-completed Bathroom Renovations
When customers Shea and Andrea Hovers needed to remodel two bathrooms in their home, they turned to Southern Tile. Relying on the convenience of a local source for last-minute materials and advice, they were surprised to discover the large, high-quality selection of tile and materials that were available in Rome. They bought tile, grout, and a complete shower system for their project and swore they would return for their next project.
“Brian Gibson, Jennifer Parker, and Nathan Green helped us with picking out colors and design and answered many questions we had. We had a lot of them too. This was our first time remodeling ourselves, and every time we went into the store, they greeted us like family. They helped us every step of the way.
We would go in and chat about our bathroom’s progress and they were always so happy to see us. We have become friends with every member of their staff,” says Andrea. The couple has recommended friends and family to Southern Tile for all their tile and flooring projects because, “Their staff is so friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful in every way.”
A Local Treasure
Southern Tile is your source for all your tile needs. Interior and exterior flooring, kitchen backsplashes, and tub and shower trim accents are just minutes away. Buying local supports community growth. With its superior staff and quality selection, Southern Tile makes supporting this local business a pleasure.