Start by answering these basic questions about installing a standard glass shower door.

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Q: We presently use a shower curtain, and I really want to replace the curtain with an out-of-the-box glass door. But I need some guidance before we start looking. Can you please give me some glass door info and install options?

A: Here are three basic questions and a bonus tip to keep in mind when thinking about installing a standard glass shower door.

  1. Will you need a tub-and-shower door or a shower-only door to fit your present setup? Know what kind of door to look for.
  2. Would you like a metal frame door or frameless door? With a metal frame door, you can choose a trim finish to match your bathroom, such as brass or chrome. A frameless door has exposed glass edges for a more contemporary look.
  3. What kind of glass do you want? Clear glass can help small bathrooms feel a little more open, while frosted glass offers more privacy.

Finally, there are quick-install doors out there that require no drilling, so installation of your glass shower door doesn’t have to be a pane.

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. For more information, visit