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Upgrading to a glass door for a tub and/or shower setup can make a huge decorative difference in any bathroom. 

Q: Ed: We’re building a bedroom addition complete with a master bath. We plan to install an alcove-type shower or tub/shower unit. We also want a glass shower door in place of a shower curtain. What glass door choices can work for us? — Beth, Connecticut

A: Upgrading to a glass door for a tub and/or shower setup can make a huge decorative difference in any bathroom, along with the convenience of using a glass door in place of a shower curtain. The door itself can also add value to the bathroom as well.

Basic glass door choices for an alcove shower or tub/shower can include:

Sliding tub/shower door: Two sliding glass panels for a bathtub unit that are also used for showering.

Sliding shower doors: Same concept as the tub/shower door except designed for larger shower only units.

Pivot shower door: Swinging or hinged door for smaller shower-only units.

Finally, there is a new style concept called “bath screens.” This is again for tub/shower units. It’s basically a half-size glass tub door to partially enclose the shower area of the tub.

Bottom line: Even when you add up the extra costs, upgrading to a glass shower door can be a clear choice to make.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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