Harsh weather storms will test the best basement window, but which window is the best to stand up to flooding?

basement window

Glass Block is a great choice for basement windows, or any window that may be susceptible to flooding. Glass Block Basement Windows have the characteristics of a solid concrete block wall. You can now choose to have ventilation in the window as well with a window vent. Along with Hurricane Sandy two years ago, storms routinely hit the eastern seaboard multiple times throughout the year. If you have been watching the news or been online recently, we might be in for another storm hitting us this weekend. 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.

Vented Glass Block Basement Window

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 glass basement windows. In the case of storms, rain water builds up by the inches and there is nothing anyone can do to prevent it completely besides wait it out while hoping that water stays out of your home. We have seen and heard areas collecting 3″ of rain, 4″, 5″ and 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’s we have endured and might endure this weekend 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 help 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 basement 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 at 800-635-1226 or email us at egboffice@easternglassblock.com for a Free Estimate; We will answer day or night. We have over 26 years of experience designing and installing commercial and residential Glass Block nationwide. We would love to share our experience with you.

Posted by: glassblockblogger | September 17, 2015

New To The Scene: Buffet Glass Block

There are many different things one can do with glass blocks. You can fill in a window opening, make a wall, use it as a lamp or make a shower. There is something else you can do with glass blocks that may not have crossed the mind of an average individual. This concept is what we call Buffet Glass Block. Buffet glass blocks are used for many occasions such as parties, weddings, celebrations or any other time where you want added elegance. Additionally, it gives you more space by being able to stack them essentially creating “layers” that go up vertically. You can check out our brochure here.

  Buffet Glass BlockBuffet Glass Block

Eastern Glass Block is a local distributor of all Pittsburgh Corning glass block products including these buffet glass blocks. Holiday season is slowly approaching and buffet glass blocks can be a cool, new touch to the party. Eastern Glass Block carries these in stock and we are able to deliver these anywhere nationwide. Give us a call at 800-635-1226 or email us at egboffice@easternglassblock.com and we will be more than happy to help you turn up the style meter of your next get-together. Stock up now!

For additional glass block products, check out our website at www.easternglassblock.com

Posted by: glassblockblogger | September 3, 2015

Glass Blocks And Fire Safety Codes

Abiding by fire safety codes is nothing to take lightly. They are there for a reason and that reason is to protect the building’s inhabitants and surrounding properties should something happen. It can be difficult and challenging to construct and model a structure with the fire regulations in mind. According to an article by Glass Magazine, a window that had to be fire rated used to have a minimum 45-minute fire rated assembly. To meet that requirement, wired glass would be placed in a steel frame. Additionally noted in the article was the fact that there are formulas and tables to look at that helps one figure out the fire rated assemblies; This is all assuming the building has regular glass windows. There is a different way fire codes can be met and that is with Fire Rated glass block.

Fire Rated Glass Block Window

Standard glass blocks naturally have a 45 minute fire rating. Furthermore, there is a line of glass blocks specifically made for commercial use or where fire rated materials would be needed. The fire rating on these special blocks is 60 minutes and 90 minutes. For a building undergoing renovations or for a company wanting to improve their fire safety, fire rated glass blocks can be easier for all people involved (and easier on the wallet too). You may ask yourself “Why should I choose fire rated glass blocks over traditional windows?”. The answer lies within the glass blocks themselves; they offer you more than other alternatives.

For starters, glass blocks have a unique design and style to them. Regular glass blocks come in many different styles and patterns, but fire rated glass block only come in a select few styles such as Decora, Vue and some in Endura. What’s more, fire rated glass blocks also offer increased noise reduction, increased impact resistance thanks to their thicker faces (when compared with regular glass blocks) and graffiti resistance in part for its slick coating and. Glass blocks are as secure as it comes and substantially cheaper when comparing them with other fire rated products.

Fire Rated Glass Block

Instead of going through the trouble of replacing or adding fire rated windows, only to have them potentially break from mischief or by accident with regular windows; glass blocks can avoid that problem too. As mentioned above, these glass blocks are commonly used in commercial applications or those that present a zero-lot line (where two buildings property lines are really close). Not strictly for commercial use, they can be and are used in residential properties, many college dorm rooms and public places like schools and train stations.

Fire Rated Glass Block in a zero lot line

Another glass block product available is Vistabrik. Vistabrik is a solid brick of glass 3” thick that is the most structurally secure. This product offers a 90 minute fire rating, has all the added benefits of the fire rated glass blocks mentioned above, but has one more exclusive characteristic; it’s also boasts resistance to bullets.

If you would like to know more about Fire Rated glass blocks and what they can do for you, visit our website at www.easternglassblock.com. If you have any questions or comments about Fire rated glass blocks or glass blocks in general email us at egboffice@easternglassblock.com or call us at 800-635-1226.

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