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Q: My husband and I have saved for years and we’re in the planning stage for our master bathroom remodeling job. Our decorator has suggested “glass” vanity sink tops for a dramatic look. But, I want to get a plumbers opinion on using glass for the vanity countertops and sink. What do you think of using glass for our vanity top material?

Anna, Nevada

A: Glass vanity tops are usually a higher end material, so get prices up front to help with your final decision.

With that said, glass vanity tops can make a unique design statement in your bathroom because of the wide variety of color and texture choices. Glass also has another advantage. Because it’s translucent, special back lighting can be used under the vanity top to create a very dramatic effect.

As far as durability goes, thick and heavy glass slabs are usually used to create the sink and top. The final product is called a “slumped glass” bathroom sink because the sink and vanity top are one seamless piece.

You can get glass vanity tops with faucet holes installed, or by using “wall-mounted” faucets you can eliminate having any faucet holes of faucet components installed on the sink top.

Bottom line: A glass vanity sink top can open up many windows of opportunity for you bathroom.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is author of “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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