Posted by: glassblockblogger | August 21, 2014

Replacing Old Windows With Glass Block

A homeowner from Hudson, NY had recently contacted us with an idea regarding her garage attached to the side of her house. This home owner wanted to get rid of the old, plain and dirty glass windows she had and replace them with new and improved glass blocks. 2014081195151505 IMG_5795

This homeowner wanted the extra security, privacy, and to maintain a good flow of natural light. With glass block windows you get all of that as well as an improvement in the overall look of the space and location of the window. We did not alter the original brick frame of the window openings but rather worked around and with it. As you can see above, we filled in the extra space above each window with glass block mortar. She had looked at a few different glass blocks and decided upon using the Decora pattern glass blocks.

Along with using the Decora glass blocks, she also decided to have fresh air vents placed in each window as to not sacrifice circulation inside and convenience. IMG_0182

It can get so hot and suffocating around here for a few months so having the vents placed in the windows will make a huge difference on the inside. There is also less worry about insulation in the colder months because glass block windows are great at keeping the inside temperature how you want it to fight the temperature outside. At the end of the job, you can see two forms of similar masonry. The garage and house itself is made up of classic bricks and the windows are now made up of newer, slightly different “bricks”.

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Nevertheless, the glass block windows in the garage came out looking great and everything went as smooth as it could have. If you have any older windows you would like to have replaced, or thought about replacing, give us a call so we can see about making that happen for you.

Eastern Glass Block- We Supply, We Install, We Deliver. We will arrange for drawing review and technical guidance, full sample selection, supply or delivery of glass blocks, professional installation, on-site assistance and provide technical support after the job is completed, if needed. Visit our site at http://www.easternglassblock.com Call us at 800-635-1226. We are ready to help.

Posted by: glassblockblogger | August 13, 2014

Summer Floods Will Test Your Basement Window

Summer Storms Can Cause Basement Windows to Leak
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Boston, Philadelphia

The Summer storms will test the best basement window. But which window is the best to stand up to flooding?

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Glass Block is a great choice for basement windows, or any window that may be susceptible to flooding. Glass Block Windows have the characteristics of a solid concrete block wall. And now, you can choose to have ventilation in the window. Along with Hurricane Sandy two years ago, storms routinely hit the eastern seaboard multiple times throughout the year. We constantly see houses in the news that have been flooded from the basement up, destroyed from water damage and sometimes even lifted out of the foundation and gone for good. We are not proposing that glass block windows are a cure-all for all of these possibilities, but we are however saying that glass block windows can in fact help fight flooding.

Glass block windows, with or without vents, act like a concrete wall due to their build and are as waterproof as a brick wall, unlike standard basement windows. In the case of storms, rain water builds up by the inches and there is nothing anyone can do about

it besides wait it out while hoping that water stays out of the home. We see and hear areas collecting 3″ of rain, 4″, 5″ and recently even upwards of 6″ of rain. There isn’t much a homeowner can do to prepare for this amount of built up rain water. However, having glass block basement windows can and will ease your mind during a storm like the one going on now by acting as a solid, waterproof barrier. You can do yourselves a great service and call us to talk about how our product can hep you in times like these with all these houses getting damaged or lost. We can and will come to you and install glass block windows rapidly to protect you from further or possible rain damage your house could succumb to.

There is no joy in seeing all these people suffer from rain damage during storms, whether it be a house or vehicle, but there is joy in knowing we can and will help you prepare your house and yourself from further rain damage that accompany rain storms of this degree.

While glass block windows provide protection against water penetration, they also provide a high level of security against burglary and save costs on air conditioning and heating.

An example is the LightWise tornado and hurricane resistant window from Pittsburgh Corning. This window meets the requirements for FEMA 361″Design and Construction Guidelines for Community Safe Rooms” and FEMA 320 “Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business”.

The LightWise® Low E Energy Efficient Vinyl Window meets Ventilated glass block window from Eastern Glass BlockENERGY STAR requirements across the United States. The patented design uses SOLARBAN® 70 to reduce the flow of radiant energy through the block.  And since it meets ENERGY STAR requirements, you can be assured that your interior will be more comfortable and will require less energy to heat and cool your home, which is good for the environment as well as your wallet.

Installation is easier than expected. Glass Block windows, such as those from eastern Glass Block, are available pre-assembled. You can choose standard or custom sizes, with or without ventilation.

Flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes are an ongoing threat. As we remodel our current home or consider building a new home, we have to take extreme weather possibilities into consideration. However, we want to create a beautiful and energy efficient home for our family.

Call us for at 800-635-1226 for a Free Estimate; We will answer day or night. We have over 25 years of experience designing and installing commercial and residential Glass Block nationwide. We wouldContact Us at Eastern Glass Block love to share our experience with you.

Posted by: glassblockblogger | August 11, 2014

Glass Block Showers At The Beach

In New Jersey, there are many beaches to choose from for fun in the summer. If you want a little extra fun on the beach via a boardwalk, then your choices get a little more slim, but without sacrificing fun. Point Pleasant Beach in particular is a beautiful beach with houses right on the boardwalk, right on the beach. The boardwalk is long and filled with activities for people of all ages to enjoy. When people are finished with the sun and sand they can spend the rest of the day having fun playing games or eating with friends. Before they do that however, they usually rinse the sand remaining on their bodies at the showers spread throughout the beach area.

Years ago, the town of Point Pleasant was looking at alternatives for their public showers on the beach. Usually those showers are attached to dull, wooden posts because who would care about looks over effect. However, Point Pleasant looked and found an alternative for those showers and decided upon using glass blocks to build them. These glass block showers were built using Decora glass block, Decora Endblocks and Decora Encurve blocks to give it that stepping-stone, cascading look. IMG_2025

No other beach has public showers like these at a beach, because it doesn’t really matter what they look like as long as they work. Nevertheless, Point Pleasant took the idea and ran with it and the end product is still going strong years later. These showers offer multiple people use at the same time while offering a little bit of privacy as well. IMG_2016

When I say going strong, I mean that literally. These showers have been up before Hurricane Sandy arrived a few years ago and now long after. Despite hearing and seeing all the houses and boardwalks get destroyed, somehow these glass block showers stayed strong, upright and untouched. That definitely boosts confidence in the strength and durability of our product. So not only do they look nice, they also get the job done and give a sense of reliability in terms of worrisome weather. You can see a previous blog post to learn more about the reliability and durability of glass block here.

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Eastern Glass Block- We Supply, We Install, We Deliver. We will arrange for drawingreview and technical guidance, full sample selection, supply or delivery of glass blocks, professional installation, on-site assistance, and provide technical support after the job is completed, if needed. Visit our site at http://www.easternglassblock.com Call us at 800-635-1226. We are ready to help.

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