Posted by: glassblockblogger | July 29, 2015

Glass Block Assembly: Mortar vs. Silicone

Glass blocks are architecturally like regular bricks. They are both used in the same way only glass blocks can be used in places where traditional bricks can’t. Similarly, these two products are commonly put together in the same fashion; using mortar. However, there are some applications where silicone might be a preferable choice over mortar. This article will delve into glass block assembly using either technique.

Mortar

When constructing something with glass blocks, mortar is the go-to option. Mortar looks the most traditional and when the product has a chance of being hit by constant water, such as a shower, it’s the one to choose. With silicone, there is a chance water can creep its way in between the joints and loosen up the bond if improperly installed. Mortar withstands all types of weather and holds strong and true for a very long time. You can also makes the joints bigger or smaller to fit the opening better which can’t be done with silicone. There are also many different silicones available to use for glass blocks which can cause much unwanted confusion. There is mortar specifically made for glass block use that is the gold standard in the industry. Glass Block Showr With Style Caps

Another reason to choose mortar over our structural glazing sealant would be if you had to abide by building codes or commercial applications. Most commercial applications need to pass fire codes and mortar will be the only choice in this case. Common applications of glass blocks with mortar are showers, exterior windows, partitions, walls, basement windows and entryways. Glass Block Basement Window

Silicone

If you want a cleaner look for a glass block application than silicone might be right for you. When using our structural glazing sealant, it requires much less work to put the window, partition or wall together as opposed to the steps needed for mortar. Silicone is used mostly when an all glass look is preferred instead of having visible mortar joints that resemble what you see in tile floors or brick walls. The joints are obviously smaller, less visible and allow more light passing through when compared to a mortar-made product. It is also much easier to apply; you can do it with a caulking gun. Glass Block Basement Window

If the space where the glass blocks are going is small, silicone might be the preferred choice since the joints are smaller which makes the entire product smaller than it would be with mortar. Some people might just prefer silicone over mortar solely on looks without any architectural reasons. Applications such as hurricane and tornado walls made with glass block are constructed with structural glazing sealant. The reason for this is it allows the product to give and take with the high force winds instead of standing without moving. Structural glazing sealant allows the product to “bend” with the strong winds. Glass Block Window

Glass blocks done with either process can be pre-assembled or built on site and both processes can also be assembled with or without a frame. Common applications of glass blocks with silicone are partitions, interior windows or panels, kitchen backsplashes and basement windows.

Has this helped you decide which process is right for you? Let us know! We would be more than happy to help you with a project. If you would like to learn more about mortar vs. silicone, or any glass block products, call us 800-635-1226 or email us at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. We have over 26 years of experience in the industry and our knowledge attest to that. We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted by: glassblockblogger | July 20, 2015

How To Incorporate Glass Blocks Into Your Bathroom Design

Have you ever wondered what could turn your bathroom into a truly relaxing and comforting room? Are you someone who has tried to change the shower curtains and decorations to make the room pop? Are you always left wanting more out of your bathroom’s design? Well, we can help you stop being one of those people! Check out below how you can incorporate glass block into your bathroom’s design.

Walk-in Glass Block ShowerGlass Block Showers

Glass block is both aesthetically pleasing and has a wide range of uses. One of the most popular uses for this product is a glass block shower. A hot commodity, glass block showers offer you a timeless design scheme that goes with any décor existing in the room. If you are remodeling a bathroom and want to make sure you have a shower that won’t need seasonal design changes like shower curtains, then consider removing your traditional shower tub for a glass block shower system. These are low maintenance and will make your bathroom appear more elegant and bold.

Glass Block Shower Window

Glass Block Shower Windows

For the less adventurous, there are still many other applications where glass blocks can be used. You can also choose a glass block shower window. These can either come prefabricated or built from scratch. This will provide you with a natural light that comes in while offering a level of privacy regular windows can’t. You will no longer need to use curtains with the window to block the sun and visibility from the outside; Glass block let the sun in while eliminating clear visibility. These blocks are private and come in a wide range of patterns to suit your needs and style.

Glass Block Wall/Partition

If you wanted something elegant but subtle at the same time, then a glass block wall is tailor-made for you (no pun intended). Typically in a bathroom, glass block walls are not the same size you would see in a living room for example. These walls are smaller in size and are more commonly used to separate the toilet area from the tub area. Having a glass block wall or partition in your bathroom can be the small boost your bathroom design needs to really be an eye-pleaser.

Bathroom PartitionWhether it is being remodeled or being built for the first time, a bathroom can be a tricky place to design. It is easier to change décor and furniture in bedrooms or a living room, but a bathroom is more difficult. You can incorporate glass blocks in many different ways all offering you a style that lasts. Additionally, glass blocks come in many different colors to meet your needs and express your creativity in designing your bathroom.

If you have any ideas about how you can use glass blocks in your bathroom, comment below. We would love to hear your ideas. Please visit our website at http://www.easternglassblock.com. If you have any questions about glass blocks please call us at 800-635-1226 or email us at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. We have over 26 years of experience in the field and would be happy to help in any way.

Posted by: glassblockblogger | July 10, 2015

If You Read One Article About Color Glass Blocks, Read This One

It can be difficult at times to make your home stand out. This can be frustrating for a new homeowner who has to choose a predetermined home from a group suggested to them by their builder. Not only does this limit creativity, in the eyes of the homeowner it can leave something to be desired. There are materials available which are not only decorative in nature, but also equally as useful in architectural designs. One specific product that meets both qualities is colored glass blocks. Below I will highlight this product.

Your run of the mill house looks like all of the rest. This may be a problem depending on how much you want to “decorate” your place. Colored glass blocks can turn your typical home into one that stands out. Additionally, glass blocks can be used inside and outside. Like clear glass blocks, which are also commonly used in residential applications, colored glass blocks come in a variety of sizes to fit your needs. Color glass blocks are more aesthetic and can really boost the look of your home décor, something regular glass, bricks, tiles or granite can’t do. If you think color glass blocks are only good being used for strictly decorative purposes then here is something you should know: Glass blocks are great for being used architecturally as well.Glass Block Color Window

Basic clear and colored glass blocks are the same in terms of strength and safety which means they both can be used for building without fear of using a weaker product. These blocks are frequently used to build showers, partitions, windows, kitchen islands and backsplashes and even as the sidelight for the entry of a house. You can use these colored blocks in an existing wall to match your décor or make an entire colored wall. If you are considering an exterior color wall, but are concerned about privacy, fear not. Glass blocks are available in high privacy patterns. Whether you are remodeling the interior or designing a new home from scratch, color glass blocks can be a great addition, setting the stage for the color scheme you choose.

Color Glass Block IslandSome customer expressed concerns about the color fading. There are ample amount of color choices to choose from for any application you have in mind. You can even mix and match two or more colors if you want to create a beautiful color collage. A recent customer was worried that their new exterior wall of color glass blocks would fade from continued exposure to the sun. Color glass blocks do not fade, but remain as bright and colorful like the first day they arrived.

Glass Block Walk-in ShowerMost importantly is the size flexibility. A few customers worried that their openings were too small for colored blocks and that they would be forced to go with clear blocks. We relieved that worry by explaining that color glass blocks come in many sizes including 8”x 8”, 6”x 8”, 4”x 8” and 6”x 6”. An additional benefit they offer is that they are extremely energy efficient. So not only will they brighten up and enhance the home décor, they will also brighten up your face when your energy bill becomes lower.

If you have any questions on color glass blocks do not hesitate contact us or comment below. We would love to hear your opinions! To learn more about Color Glass Blocks and how you can use them in your home, please visit our website at http://easternglassblock.com/color-glass-blocks/. 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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