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A bathroom renovation requires a significant investment of time and money, so you’ll want to avoid these common mistakes as you get your project underway.

Choosing a swinging shower door when you should have picked sliding.

The visual appeal of swinging shower doors is hard to match, but it shouldn’t be chosen at the expense of safety and convenience. To align with modern building codes, swinging shower doors must be installed so they can open outward into the bathroom. (It’s OK if they swing inward, too, but they cannot only swing inward.) Avoid ordering swinging doors if there’s not enough clearance around the shower entrance for the doors to open without either bumping into something or impeding access to another fixture.

Using paint that cannot withstand moisture.

Selecting bathroom paint has to be about more than finding a color you love. In a room where water is so much in use, durability has to be a factor. While high gloss paint is relatively easy to clean and can resist moisture damage better than other finishes, its look does not always accord with interior design trends for bathrooms. As a result, paint companies are formulating durable paints with a more matte-like finish. Spend a little time researching paints that are suitable for bathroom use and find the one that meets your aesthetic and practical needs.

Giving yourself too many grout lines too clean.

Tile is lovely in a bathroom, but with it come grout lines where grime can easily accumulate. Make sure this factors into your decisions about where to use tile, what size tiles to use, and so forth. The important point to keep in mind is that the most beautiful tile in the world can become an eyesore if you don’t have the time to invest in keeping the grout lines clean.

Options for addressing this include:

–    Select a seamless glass backsplash without grout lines.
–    Use large tiles on the shower walls to cut back on the number of grout lines.
–    Keep the grout properly sealed and protected.

Wasting water and money.

A modern bathroom should be both visually appealing and energy efficient. Your luxurious glass shower enclosure will truly be both an attractive and environmentally savvy choice if you select a water-saving shower head. Likewise, water-saving commodes and sink faucets are available. Finally, if your bathroom has an old window, you should consider upgrading to a vinyl replacement window with energy-friendly features like multiple panes, Low-E coatings, and argon or krypton gas between the panes.

Finally, don’t make the mistake of not calling ABC Glass and Mirror, Inc. for the mirror and glass needed for your bathroom renovation! We offer professionally installed replacement windows, glass shower doors, enclosures, backsplashes, shelves, and more! Call 703-257-7150 to learn more!

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