Posted by: glassblockblogger | June 22, 2015

4 Benefits Glass Block Windows Give Your Home

Single pane windows are a nuisance to homeowners. They require frequent maintenance, seasonal changes for insulation, changing curtains and shades and often need repair. Although they are commonly used, they are not the most beneficial to you or your home. Single pane windows are used when designing and building a new home primarily because they are cheap and can be bought at any home improvement store. Glass blocks can provide many upgrades and benefits that regular windows cannot. In the article below, I will go over a few of the ways that glass block windows will benefit your home.

Glass Block Window

Glass Block Window

Benefit #1 – Energy Efficiency

Single pane windows are not known for their energy efficiency. In the winter months, it is common for homeowners to essentially “wrap” their windows with plastic or covering to limit the cold air coming in. There are different ways to temporarily insulate your windows when the weather gets drastically hot or cold, but none work as well as a glass blocks insulation and efficiency. Glass block windows prevent inside air from escaping and outside air from entering which reduce your heating or cooling bills. The airtight mortared seal these windows create is something single pane windows will never be able to do.

Benefit #2 – Light/Transparency

For those who like to have a room as bright as possible (like many people I know who constantly leave on light switches) the electricity bill might be a little expensive. Additionally, constantly opening their curtains or shades to let the light in each day can be a hassle. Glass block windows eliminate blighting costs and the need for curtains and offer you completely natural light. The blocks can provide a room with an equal or greater amount of light when compared to artificial light. What’s more, it is completely free! There is no more need to keep on all the lights to see clearly when glass blocks can utilize the sunlight to do that for you. Even at nighttime, the moonlight will shine through providing you with a softer light that rivals being outside.

Stair Design Glass Block Window

Stair Design Glass Block Window

Benefit #3 – Privacy

Every homeowner has been through the process of picking out curtains or shades that let in a good amount of light without offering a clear view of the inside. In addition – privacy. What’s nice about glass blocks is they provide a level of privacy that regular windows will never possess. Glass block windows don’t need curtains or shades because the patterns on the different block styles distort vision. Looking from the outside in, a person walking by would not be able to see anything clearly which eliminates the need for window shades and curtains. An additional bonus they also offer is noise reduction. The blocks provide you with a level of soundproofing that thin, single pane windows can’t. This is a fantasy those who live near busy intersections or in school zones will appreciate.

Benefit #4 – Security

Everyone knows how fragile a thin glass window can be. Almost everyone has broken one or two by accident in their younger years (I know I have) so you know just how easy it is. Furthermore, it is also extremely easy for someone with bad intentions to get into your home. Windows are the most common way intruders get into people’s homes. They are easily broken, can be easily taken off the track and provide little resistance to force. Glass block windows are the exact opposite as they can’t be easily broken, can’t be dismantled easily and provide resistance to force. Glass blocks can act as a brick wall and a window concurrently. As an added benefit, they hold up great against extreme weather which provides great relief to the homeowners.

Beautiful And Secure Glass Block Window

Beautiful And Secure Glass Block Window

Do you have any questions or comments regarding glass blocks? Feel free to comment or shoot us an email and we will be happy to get back to you. To learn more about Glass Block Windows and how they can improve your home, please visit our website at http://easternglassblock.com/preassembled-glass-block-windows/. Call us now at 800-635-1226 or email at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. We have over 26 years of experience and we will be happy to help you in designing or material supply.

Posted by: glassblockblogger | June 11, 2015

Top 4 Reasons To Get Glass Block Basement Windows

Basement windows can be a constant worry among homeowners. Their faults are annoying, like a thorn in your leg or a splinter in your hand. Single pane basement windows are the most common in homes because they are cheap for builders to use. However, these single pane windows are also easy to break and are known to cause homeowners many problems. In this article, I will touch on the top four reasons people choose to get glass block basement windows.

Reason #1: Security And Air Flow

Glass blocks are the most secure building material to replace a single pane window. This product offers a level of security that is unmatched by any other alternative. Single pane windows are susceptible to break-ins, whereas a glass block basement window is not because it acts as a brick wall. Glass block basement windows can be put together with either silicone or mortar. Additionally, you can even choose to get a fresh air vent installed into the window to give you the opportunity to enjoy a nice cross breeze. Now if you are thinking “How does a vent go into the glass blocks?”, it doesn’t. Fresh air vents actually take the space of a few glass blocks and it sits in the middle of them. Like the glass blocks themselves, it is also airtight and secure so a basement window with a vent is just as strong and secure as one without a vent.

Complete privacy offered with this glass block basement window

Complete privacy offered with this glass block basement window

Reason #2: Efficiency

Another benefit of glass block basement windows are their high levels of efficiency. As the weather gets really hot and really cold, heating and cooling bills generally rise to keep a comfortable temperature inside. This isn’t news to anyone living in the northeastern part of the United States. Complaining about the extreme weather spectrum we endure seems to make it a little more tolerable. Anyway, you aim to keep the house at a comfortable temperature which can only be assisted by having airtight windows around the house. One of the most common culprits of escaping air is a basement window. They are often not airtight and air from inside goes right out as the air from the outside seeps in mercilessly. If you ever have walked into your basement in the winter for laundry or chores (I assume most of you have), then you know exactly how cold a basement can get from this reason alone. Glass block basement windows are as airtight as you can get. They seal off the window space better than any alternative which will bring down the level of escaping air during extreme weather seasons. During the hot summers, you can have a glass block basement window installed with a vent to let in a breeze to further cool the basement as well.

Ventless glass block basement window done with silicone

Ventless glass block basement window done with silicone

Reason #3: Flooding

Maybe the most popular reason people choose glass block basement windows is for flooding. Almost everyone knows someone or has personally been affected by leaky basement windows. Flooding in basement can ruin many personal items, not to mention the house itself. During severe rainstorms, or even constant days with rain, homeowners with these faulty windows constantly worry about water getting in or frequently have to check to see if the basement is still dry. Glass block basement windows produce a high level of water resistance, whether they are done with silicone or mortar. They act as if they are real bricks when it comes to water – they provide an excellent barrier against water. For a majority of basement jobs we do, the homeowner’s reason for the upgrade was to stop water damage from their single pane windows. No other window alternative can act as a brick wall and a window at the same time.

Vented glass block basement window with complete privacy

Vented glass block basement window with complete privacy

Reason #4: Privacy

Glass block basement windows offer a level of privacy that other windows cannot. Normal basement windows are either easy to see through or the homeowner gets curtains to block out unwanted access. Putting up curtains blocks out the light coming in and can cause the need to have light on in the basement every time you go down there. Glass block basement windows eliminate these problems. There are patterns of blocks which offer complete privacy. Some glass block styles offer more privacy than others, but they all offer more privacy than any clear glass basement window can. Additionally, without curtains the sunlight can come right in without worrying about people being able to see. If you want a vent with your glass block window it doesn’t bring down the window’s level of privacy either.

To learn more about Glass Block Basement Windows and how they can improve your home, please visit our website at http://easternglassblock.com/glass-block-basement-windows/. Call us now at 800-635-1226 or email at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. We have over 26 years of experience and we will be happy to help you in designing or material supply.

Posted by: glassblockblogger | June 4, 2015

Top 3 Reasons For Upgrading To A Glass Block Shower

Everyone has at least 1 full bathroom in their home, some even have 2. For those fortunate enough to have 2 showers or tubs in their homes they know how enjoyable the space can be. For those with only 1 full bathroom, limited space can be a hiccup in design and functionality. There are a few ways to save on space when remodeling a bathroom and an increasingly popular option is with a glass block shower.

In this article we’ll explore the 3 most popular reasons upgrading to a glass block shower makes sense for many families.

Glass Block Shower with Icescapes glass blocks

Glass Block Shower with Icescapes glass blocks

Reason #1: Space Saver

Glass block showers can be designed and laid out to make a square or curved line to meet your needs or design preferences. This can be done using angled, cornered or curved glass blocks. Tubs take up unnecessary space that can be better utilized. Choosing a doorless glass block shower can provide ease of entry and eliminates the need for a swinging door. Now if you’re thinking “Oh but wouldn’t water escape since there is nothing keeping it in the shower?”, no worries. Escaping water is not a problem with doorless showers since they are curved to entice the water back towards the drain.

Reason #2: Limitless Accessibility

Who doesn’t love being a host to those out of town, elderly in-laws or having grandma and grandpa come to family get-togethers? One challenge can be having a regular shower and tub which could present a problem. Elderly people have trouble walking over even the smallest of heights depending on their physical condition. If Grandma Anne wants to shower and you have a traditional tub then she is at an impasse. If your bathroom had a doorless glass block shower, then she could get in and out with ease. Wouldn’t that make life that much easier. Glass block showers have a small curb to walk over, or can be designed to have no curb at all and no curtain to move out of the way so all she has to do is walk in and walk out. Additionally, glass block showers can also have a bench installed which is great for the young and the old.

Curbless Icescapes glass block shower with a step-down design

Curbless Icescapes glass block shower with a step-down design

Reason #3: Low Maintenance

If you’re like most people you hate to clean your shower. You never really know why it gets so dirty, it just does. Cleaning a shower can be annoying, tedious and disgusting. Traditional showers require frequent maintenance whereas glass block showers do not. Glass blocks are naturally easy to clean due to their stain resistant properties. Glass blocks are also durable so there is no need to worry about the shower wall faulting and breaking down. Upgrading from a traditional shower to a glass block shower will eliminate the need for you to try and figure out why the shower is always so dirty and leave more time to relax. This newly found spare time can be used to entertain your grandparents or check out a ball game.

To learn more about Glass Block Showers and how you can use them in your home, please visit our website at http://easternglassblock.com/glass-block-showers/. Call us at 800-635-1226 or email at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. We have over 26 years of experience and we will be happy to help you in designing or material supply.

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