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I recently had to go back to a previous job for warranty work.  We take pride in what we do and never cut corners, but occasionally a product fails or we didn’t think of the something at the time of the remodel.  On this particular job, one of the tasks was to paint bathroom cabinets.  We used a “no sanding necessary” primer to prepare the old painted surface.  We then painted the cabinets.  It wasn’t long before the paint started to peel in places.  Upon closer inspection, it was the primer that had failed as the paint was loyally sticking to the primer but the primer was not adhering to the old surface.  Why didn’t the primer stick to the old paint?  There was a Pledge or Endust residue on the old paint, something SANDING FIRST would have solved.  After scraping, SANDING, and repainting the surface, the bathroom cabinets have a beautiful and durable finish.  Lesson learned.

I have been a remodeling contractor in Austin, Texas for 14 years now.  The experience that comes with the time and commitment invested in my small business over those years has come with some priceless lessons.  I have worked hard to build a brand that I believe is a true reflection of me and my values.  That is especially true with my style of selling myself and my services to potential clients. 

My laid back, low pressure sales style is no accident.  Over the years, while striving for business success, I read every sales book ever written.  Most of them coach the reader on how to present the potential customer with a highly polished sales pitch, immediately followed by a high pressure deal closing tactic.  I have a few problems with this popular strategy.  First of all, I care about my customers.  For me, I care more about the work and building my brand and my legacy, not my bank account.  I love remodeling construction and I believe it shows in my work. Secondly, a major remodel on one or more bathrooms is a big decision, something not easily decided on the spot.  There are budgets and materials to consider along with a multitude of design and style options.  There is no way I can take in all of that information and make an immediate decision and I don’t expect my clients to either.  Lastly, pressuring someone to sign on the dotted line with threats and arguments seems desperate to me.  I may have lost some sales by refusing to go down that path but staying true to my morals has kept us very busy and brought success to our company.

I recently heard a story about one of my competitors.  A client stated that the competing bathroom remodeling company took the required measurements for their bathroom remodel and proceeded to make the necessary calculations while there in their home.  He was able to give them an immediate quote.  This is completely normal and I like to give on the spot estimates with the simpler remodeling projects as well.  The only difference is that I leave them with the estimate to discuss and think through their options for a couple of days.  After providing the estimate the competitor’s salesman pulled out a contract and offered a discount to sign it immediately.  That is a red flag in my book as it smells of desperation.  The visit didn’t stop there.  The salesman stayed in those poor people’s home for three hours arguing with them about signing the contract for the bathroom remodel on the spot.  Not letting the customers think through their options before making such a big and important decision is another red flag.  Why is this company afraid to let the homeowners make an informed and confident decision?  I will let you draw your own conclusion as to why they couldn’t afford to give their customers time to think it through.

I allow at least a day or two for potential customer to review the estimate before following up.  For a large number of clients, the estimate is just a starting point or stepping stone in the decision process for their remodeling project.  There are material and fixture choices to go over, layout and design aspects of the project, as well as product comparison to make sure that the remodeling decision has been well thought out before proceeding.  Some people need to get other bids on their project before proceeding in confidence.  I encourage other bids.  I want the client to make an informed decision and to know what they are paying for.  I am confident that potential clients will be able to see the craftsmanship of my work and the value that comes with it.  I rely on my work and reputation sell themselves.

First and foremost, I believe that my job is to inform people about their project.  My goal when I speak to a potential client is to offer my problem solving skills and technical expertise to build a custom bathroom that exceeds their expectations.  My laid back demeanor allows that conversation to happen while the high pressured approach puts the potential client on the defense and important nuances of the client’s wants and needs get overlooked.  Selling your services is easy if you are passionate about what you do, honest with your clients, and have the talent and experience to perform the work beautifully.

Chad Walker

A quick overview of whether tiled shower floors have a tendency to leak more frequently than solid shower floors and why.

A potential client made an interesting comment today. “On the shower floor, I’ve been told that tiling is prone to leaks and water damage over time.” My first instinct was to reply “No, of coarse not!” but then I remembered why I entered the custom shower building business years ago. The real answer is yes, tiled shower floors are more prone to leaks and water damage because too often they are installed incorrectly. When installed correctly, tiled shower floors will last a lifetime.

The problem begins with the multiple technical steps needed to take to ensure a long lasting and water tight shower floor. In many cases these steps are carried out by up to five different construction trades. The carpenter will frame up the shower, the plumber will install the drain, a fiberglass guy will seal the shower pan, the Sheetrock guys will sometimes install the backer-board, and the tile installer will set the tile on the floor and walls. The lack of knowledge and communication about the responsibility and technical details each trade is to perform to construct a leak free shower can potentially lead to many mistakes in the shower building process. Countless times I have been called to repair showers where the pan liner was incorrectly installed, the backer-board was nailed through the fiberglass liner creating several holes, or the drain, curb, or benches were installed incorrectly. There have been many showers with visible cracks running along the corners because they have been grouted instead of caulked, not allowing for proper expansion. The mistakes made by one trade is often overlooked by the next trade in line to work on the shower.  In short, all of the leaky showers that I have come across over the years were a product of human error at the time of installation.

After years of witnessing this lack of technical knowledge and proper orchestration by the construction trades to build high quality, functional custom showers, I decided to research the proper steps and details needed to step up and fill the void that existed. It pains me to see newly remodeled master showers with expensive materials ripped out and rebuilt because of tradesmen misrepresenting their skills and qualifications to take on such a technical project. There are others that have the knowledge to build it right but cut vital corners to squeeze time and money out of each project.

When remodeling your shower be sure to ask lots of questions, do your own research, make sure you feel comfortable with your contractor, and most of all, use common sense. If it doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t.

Chad Walker – Texas Shower Company

It is easy for a weekend warrior to get overwhelmed when taking on a large remodeling project like updating a bathroom.  You spend Saturday morning at the home improvement store enthusiastically loading up all of the materials you will need for your new luxurious bathroom.  By the end of Sunday you find yourself exhausted, still in demo stage, and standing in a pile of dust and debris wondering if you have gotten yourself  in way over your head.  Follow these realistic bathroom remodeling steps for a less stressful and more manageable project.

The first thing to remember when remodeling your bathroom yourself is that it can take a professional contractor a couple of weeks to complete, depending upon the scope of the work.  He or she has the technical knowledge, the right tools, and years of experience in the field, resulting in a faster and more fluid project.  You on the other hand have a limited selection of tools, have worked in a non-construction field all of your life, and will need to think and rethink your way through each step of the remodeling process.

Although this sounds discouraging, the project can be broken down into several steps making it more manageable for the ambitious “Do It Yourself-er”.  If you are going to attempt this adventure, first make an evaluation of your capabilities .  Painting and tiling are fairly simple DIY projects but plumbing and electrical work not only can be difficult, but there are building codes to follow, they often require advanced technical knowledge, and improperly installed work can cause damage to your home.  It’s safe to say that if the project you are about to embark on is usually performed by someone who had to complete extensive training to acquire the title journeyman or master, it is sometimes wise not to attempt yourself.  If you or a friend do have some experience in these fields, make sure to check your local building codes for the latest updates.

Here is the is the important part and the advice that allow you to keep your sanity and marriage in tact.  Do not demo the entire bathroom!  Instead divide the remodel into manageable mini-projects.  Here are a few mini-projects that individually can be accomplished in a couple of weekends and give you the flexibility to take weekends off between projects, the ability to absorb budget overages, and build confidence throughout the bathroom remodel.

  1. Planning – Spend your first weekend researching design, materials,  installation methods, and your budget.  Figure out if you will need to call a professional contractor at some point.  Then make a modest schedule of the first project.  During the first project you will get a good grasp on how long it actually takes to complete all of the necessary details.  You will then have a better idea of how your next project will go.
  2. Shower or Tub Enclosure– This one will prove to be the most time consuming and may require a plumber  but should really be done first.  Demolition of the walls, installing backer-board, tiling, and grouting will be a good test of your aptitude and efficiency.  You will now have a better grasp on how long your next project will take you.
  3. Vanity Area– I say area because if you change the placement or configuration of the vanity cabinet, you will have to move or install new mirrors, lights, and plumbing.  Make sure you remove any floor tiles where the cabinet base will reside so that it sits firmly on the sub-floor.  One thing to note here is if your new vanity has furniture legs or is a pedestal sink it will need to rest on the new tiled floor.  Place it in position temporarily to get the mirrors, lights, and plumbing lined up correctly and installed.    Make sure it can easily be removed for the next project.
  4. Floor Tile – The first thing you have to do is remove the toilet.  If the existing flooring is sheet vinyl or vinyl tiles, happy scraping!  If you must remove ceramic tile make sure you cover all of your newly finished work so pieces of tile don’t nick or damage the finish.  Wrap the vanity in cardboard for extra protection and always use blue tape when masking and covering.  Always wear gloves and goggles for ceramic tile removal.  Install the new tile and reinstall the toilet with a new wax ring and bolts.  You will now start feeling like a pro.
  5. Patch and Paint – Mask all your newly finished projects with newspaper and blue tape.  Patch and texture all of the areas where you had to move lights, vanities, and mirrors.  And then paint your new bathroom.  You can now brag to your neighbors about your new bathroom that you remodeled yourself.

As a pro contractor, I start with complete demolition, including the floor, on day one.  This gives me a blank canvas to create the new bathroom design and configuration that the home owner has envisioned.  It may take us several weeks to assemble and install everything to create the beautiful bathroom retreat .  When you calculate for inexperience and a two day work week for the weekend warrior, you could be without a working bathroom for several months.  Following these tips will make your overall bathroom remodel more manageable and less stressful. 

 The order of the projects presented here are based on the most common bathroom remodels that we perform.   Make sure the order of these steps work for your project before you begin.  Planning is the least utilized but most important tool in remodeling construction.

Chad Walker – Texas Shower Company

We are provided every year with an average cost of of a bathroom remodel from various sources. We are also given the percentage of the cost we recoup compared to the value it added to your home.  We must remember these are only averages.  By using some cost saving strategies, we can not only save money but increase the value of the home by 100% or even 110% rather than the latest national average 74.6%.  The following is a list of cost saving ideas on the most popular bathroom upgrades.

  • Granite counter-tops are a must have, but if you stick with an inexpensive granite, it could cost half of that beautiful marble yoou saw in the showroom.  Here’s an additional tip.  Vanities are typically small areas to cover, so head over to your local granite counter top company and ask if they will give you a deal on a remnant left over from a previous job.
  • Under-mount sinks may be expensive in kitchens but you can pick them up for about $100 each for vanities. 
  • Vanity faucets are also inexpensive.  Just buy a nice satin nickel 4″ spread faucet with a simple sleek design.
  • Want the look of a double mirror over the vanity?  You can pick up two 24″x36″ mirrors with beveled edges for about $25 each.
  • There are some ugly vanity cabinets out there.  Replacing them with new ones could cost thousands.  Instead, find a good painter that is experienced in painting cabinets and you will save a bundle giving them a new finish.
  • Don’t forget the cabinet door knobs.  The big box home improvement stores sells them in packs of 10 at a huge discount instead of paying double for buying them individually.
  • Adding all new matching plumbing fixtures from the tub drain, spout, control valve, to the shower head can be pricey, but how about installing  just the rain shower head.  If your handy, it’s a fairly simple DIY project.
  • If the shower is dirty and moldy but the tiles aren’t falling off , spruce them up with re-grouting and re-caulking and it will look like a new shower.
  • Glass doors are a big investment and there is little advice available in that catagory besides stay away of the more expensive frameles glass. Frameless glass is actually a nice upgrade that clearly changes the look and feel of the space and worth the extra money.
  • Inexpensive and stylish vanity lights are a must if you have upgraded the entire vanity area.  That is a great DIY project which will save you a good chunk of money.  Just be sure to put tape over the switches in the off position so nobody walks in and flicks the switch while you are up on a ladder with the bare wires in your hand.
  • And I saved the most important for last, paint!  If the tub and shower are white and you choose to paint your cabinets a light color, it will completely transform the room painting the walls a warm and inviting darker tone.  A gallon of the right color paint will be the best investment toward your bathroom remodeling project.

Chad Walker – Texas Shower Company

For Americans with disabilities, having wheelchair accessible bathrooms in the home is a necessity.  Meeting the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)guidelines or altering a bathroom to provide wheelchair accessibility does not mean style and design have to be compromised.  There are many options today that allow the same beautiful and inviting bathrooms to also be wheelchair accessible.

 The ADAwas introduced by the Justice Department in 1990 to provide equal access to public places for Americans with disabilities.  Although the ADA’s building codes pertain to public facilities, they have proven to be an invaluable tool for providing accessibility within the home.  After the implementation of the ADA’s detailed guidelines to provide needed functionality, the home bathroom remains a blank canvas for the imagination and creativity of the home owner and remodeling contractor.  Most products and designs found in home improvement books and magazines can be incorporated into the bathroom to create a warm and inviting retreat or a sleek modern design.

Over the past decade, the selection of home products that are available for disabled Americans has increased tremendously.  Today’s bathroom products offer style and design options that weren’t available in the past.  Sinks, faucets, vanities, tubs and showers, currently featured in top designer bathrooms, can be designed and built specifically for wheelchair accessibility.  For instance, by using a barrier free shower pan, the shower walls can be covered in porcelain, stone, marble, or mosaic tile in any pattern or design conceivable.  Grab bars and folding seats can easily be mounted to the shower walls. Hand held shower heads mounted on a sliding bar offer the versatility of detached or mounted use as well as height adjustment for sitting or standing positions.  Faucets and fixtures are available in a variety of finishes and colors to match the desired style.  Vanity sinks come specially designed with a curved front edge, allowing individuals in wheelchairs to have complete access and full contact with the sink and can be mounted in any marble or granite counter top desired.  The vanities themselves can be custom built out of exotic woods with sleek granite counter tops and easy access storage.  These products provide disabled individuals with a chance to maximize independence and with design increase their quality of life tremendously.

There is no reason, with today’s products and ingenuity, that a wheelchair accessible bathroom can’t be a showcase of design and beauty.  The ADA has provided us with the information and insight into the needs of disabled individuals, it’s up to us as contractors and designers to use our imagination and skills to combine functionality with beauty.

Chad Walker – Texas Shower Company

Remodeling a bathroom is one of the best home improvement investments you can make.  It not only presents a high return on investment compared to other areas in your home, but can considerably increase your quality of life.

We have all seen the home improvement shows or heard Realtors talk about the most important and valuable two investments in your house, kitchens and baths.  When selling a home they will prove to be the most important deciding factor among prospective buyers, and in turn offer the best return on your investment.  More importantly, when you decide to live in your home for a long time, the return on investment can be worth much more than the original cost.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that roughly $9 billion was spent on bathroom remodels last year.  That’s a huge number, but lets take a look at what that means for home owners.  The national average cost for a bathroom remodel in the U.S. is $15,899.  This investment increases the resale of the house by $11,857, recouping 74.6% of the total cost of the bathroom remodel.  Some regions fair better than others when figuring the return on your remodeling dollars.  The West-South-Central region (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana) averages 83.4% of your remodeling dollars recouped in the increased value of your home.  When looking at individual cities such as Austin, Texas, the average job cost is $13,871 which results in an increase of home value by $12,090 for a total recoup of 87.2% on your bathroom remodeling investment.  The bathroom remodel cost of $13,871 minus the increased home value of $12,090 leaves you with a true cost of $1781.  

For the home seller’s perspective in Austin, the $1781 difference in cost versus the increase in home value is an investment that could transform your outdated home into a beautifully updated showcase that would distinguish it from the sea of homes currently on the market.  In my experience, prospective home buyers are looking for a house that is move-in ready with no work needed.  They do not have the vision or the desire to buy a home that needs updating or renovating.  Home sellers should consult their Realtors to discuss whether updating the bathroom would be the right investment to lead to a quick and profitable sale.

The home owners who plan to stay in their house for a few years gain much more than just an increase in the value of their home.  For them the cost of the bathroom remodel can be a long term investment that pays off significantly by increasing the quality of life for years.  It could mean getting that double sink vanity you’ve been wanting, eliminating having to share a single sink and mirror.  Never use the huge garden tub that takes up half the bathroom?  Take it out and build that huge dream shower with all of the body sprays and the rain shower head mounted from the ceiling.  Your moldy, leaky shower with the gold trim could be transformed into an inviting shower with warm stone tile, beautiful glass mosaics, and a frame-less shower door.  All of the plain white cultured marble on the tub, shower, and vanity counter top that was popular in the 1980’s could be replaced with vibrant colors, gorgeous tile, brushed nickel faucets and towel bars, and a sleek granite vanity counter top with under-mounted sinks.  Tired of looking at those boring old oak vanity cabinets?  Replace them with modern cherry or maple cabinet with clean lines with vessel sinks on top that you’ve seen in the home improvement and design magazines.  The $1781 difference between the remodeling costs and added value to your home will bring functionality, beauty, and comfort to you and your family for years.  And when you do get ready to eventually sell your home, you will be ahead of the game.

Chad Walker – Texas Shower Company

“© 2008 Hanley Wood, LLC. Reproduced by permission. Complete regional and city data from the Remodeling 2008 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded for free at www.costvsvalue.com.”

With seemingly never ending product selections in home improvement and remodeling projects, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the whole process.  Here are some helpful design tips I use to help keep the project running smoothly and help everyone involved keep their sanity.

As a multi-generation carpenter and home improvement junkie, I never though about how important of a role that I played in the design of each remodeling project.  I know designers and architects who work on the functionality and appearance of space for a living.  The assumption was that my role was to copy the design that they drew.  That assumption has changed over the past couple of years as I have become highly skilled in the technical aspects of my trade.  It started with architects and designers asking me whether what they were designing met building codes and technical specifications of the material being installed.  The conversation eventually turned to “what do you think would look good in this space”.  When they began asking me design questions regularly, I realized my role as a remodeling contractor had changed.  Because I knew the technical parameters of the materials I was using and had worked with so many designers and architects over the years, I was able to contribute real solutions to almost any design problem.  I could use the materials to their full design potential.

The first thing I would like to note is to make sure to use contractors who are comfortable with the materials and designs for the project.  There is a huge difference in installing 12×12 ceramic tile and 12×12 sheets of mosaic glass in the shower.  Plumbers have favorite brands that they like to work with and others they dispise.  There are painters who are not comfortable painting antique finishes while others hate using polyurethane.  Once you find the right team of contractors for your project, it is important to trust their knowledge of the products and their limitations.  It is safe to say that if the contractor states that the installation will fail in this application, then he has probably seen or experienced the failure of that application himself.  The contractor takes on a greater risk than the designer because he will be the one repairing a failed installation down the road.

The second thing for both designers and home owners to consider when choosing materials is that everyone has different tastes.  The home owner has a vision in mind whether they can clearly articulate it or not.  The best designers are the ones who can listen to the clients needs and desires and put together a package of colors, patterns, and  materials that are both functional and appealing.  The client’s vision will make up parts of the package, they usually need help filling in the gaps.  Home owners also do not possess enough product knowledge to make informed choices about what will work for their space.  For instance I was recently able to save a client $2000 on a shower kit with 4 body sprays, an over-sized shower head, and a hand-held sprayer just by offering an alternative brand that looks the same and performs equally as well.  I also spent an afternoon researching bathroom hardware brands that included 2 towel bars, a towel ring, toilet paper holder, vanity faucets, vanity lights, and a robe hook that not only matched their desired style but all matched each other and didn’t break the bank.

This leads me to my third and final tip, have plenty of alternatives.  Whether it’s price, style , or green alternatives, it is important to have a list of alternatives for each aspect of the remodel.  A low flow toilet, florescent bulbs, low VOC paint, and using recycled backer-board on the shower walls can make a project more environmentally friendly for the green conscious client.  Explaining the options for framed and frame-less glass doors give the client the opportunity to save some of their remodeling dollars.  Offering natural stone tile along side similar porcelain options can make a huge difference when viewing style choices.  It is important to have tile, accents, paint, cabinets, and fixtures alternatives for the home owner to make thorough and informed decisions.  When one thing is changed in the line-up, it usually has a chain effect on the other decisions and you may end up with all new material selections in the end.

Always remember that this is a process and we are all working toward the same goal, a beautiful and functional bathroom that the home owner will love for many years.

Chad Walker – Texas Shower Company

When researching bathroom remodeling products, there is little information available regarding which type of shower door and glass enclosure is right for your project.  Here are a few details that will help you make an informed decision on which type of shower door system may be right for you.

The Framed glass doors are the most common type of doors and glass panels used in shower and tub enclosures.  While the popularity of this style of door has made way for the sleek and clean lines of frameless glass doors, there have been new improvements in the look and finishes of the framed glass and metal trim.  Currently there are 14 different metal finishes and 7 different glass styles that I offer my clients for the framed glass shower panels and doors.  Much has changed since the old metal trim that was offered in only silver and gold.  The glass finishes are pretty impressive as well, although the majority of clients choose the clear glass to show off their new custom tile showers that we build.

It’s important to note some practical tips and pros and cons of the two different styles when choosing your shower door.  The first consideration is how close the shower head will be to the door.  The framed door is designed to seal shut with a magnetic strip and have additional rubber seals and sweeps to help prevent water from splashing out on to the bathroom floor.  When far enough away from the shower head, a frameless door and its quarter inch gap around the door is no longer a target for excessive splashing.  For sliding glass doors the splashing is less of an issue because the two panels overlap.

The next consideration is the price difference between the two products.  Because there is no frame holding and supporting the glass panels and doors, the glass is extra thick and heavy, making heavy duty hardware and supports a  necessity.  The exposed edges also need to be sanded after being cut.  All of this extra labor and materials pushes the price to almost twice as much as framed glass shower panels and sometimes out of the homeowners budget.  A nice brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze finish on the shower frame is a nice alternative to frameless shower glass.

One last thing you may want to consider is whether the frameless door will work with your shower configuration.  With a metal framed door, the door can be positioned at almost any angle by using a special pivoting trim which the hinge track connects to.  The frameless glass door has hinges that rest in a certain position when the door is closed.  These hinges only allow for the door to rest at either 180, 135, and 90 degrees to the hinge panel.  The only way to solve this problem is to build a doorway at the desired angle and attach 90 degree hinges to the tiled opening.  Send us an email if you have any more questions about glass shower panels and tub enclosures. 

Chad Walker – Texas Shower Company

Does your shower door or corners of the glass enclosure leak every time you take a shower?  If so you may have noticed water damage on the Sheetrock or baseboards outside the shower.  The problem and solution to the problem may be less complicated than you think.

I have responded to a lot of calls to look at leaky showers over the past 13 years.  Almost all of the showers that I have inspected have leaked at the door or metal track that holds the glass.  The leak itself is not always noticeable but the damage it causes over the years is obvious.  The result is rotted baseboards, water damaged Sheetrock, and mold where the shower meets the floor just outside the glass door.  The good news is that when faced with signs of water damage isolated to outside the shower door, almost all leaks have been the result of an original installation error.  The error is in the way the shower trim was sealed with silicon caulk.  The mistake is compounded over the years by handymen and DIY’ers adding more caulk to the inside of the shower as a repair or part of home maintenance.  Don’t worry, it is a common impulse to keep adding caulk to the shower in anticipation that the leak will eventually stop.  Not only is this installation error common, I have witnessed it in 100% of showers with the same water damage pattern. 

The most important lesson when sealing with caulk is “less is more”.  As it is very important to thoroughly caulk the outside of the metal shower trim, it is equally important not to caulk over the “weep holes” inside the shower.  These are little drain holes in the bottom of the metal track inside the shower and on pre-made acrylic shower pans.  These holes allow the condensation and water inside the metal track to drain back inside the shower instead of being trapped and eventually finding an alternative escape route.  For the system to drain properly, I also suggest not caulking inside the track at the corners.  The faster the water can flow down the track and out to the shower drain, the quicker the shower will dry.  This reduces the chance of mildew and mold growth tremendously.

The type of caulk you use is also key to a long lasting sealed shower trim.  100% silicone caulk is the only caulk that has stood the test of time for me.  It doesn’t shrink or crack unless it is in direct sunlight, and it stays flexible for a long time.  Acrylic caulk hardens, cracks, and is less successful in keeping out mold and mildew.  As a rule of thumb, it’s easier to match clear silicone to the metal trim and plumbing fixtures while white or grout color matched silicone is easier to match the corners of walls, shelves, and benches inside the shower.

Last but not least, check to see if all of the rubber seals are still in place and in good shape around the glass, the sides of the shower door, and the sweep at the bottom of the shower door.  These are there to help shed water down the inside of the shower and help keep splashing through any gaps in the door to a minimum.  These items can be inexpensively replaced at a glass supply shop. 

Chad Walker – Texas Shower Company