Posted by: glassblockblogger | July 11, 2016

A Homeowner’s “Swiss Army Knife”: Glass Block

As you may know, the many uses of glass blocks are clearly represented via photographs or just by the naked eye. One can clearly walk by and say “Oh, that’s a glass block basement window” or “look at the glass block transom”. However, although those are clear interpretations of its use to the homeowner, they do more than that. Just like a Swiss Army knife can do many things, so can our glass blocks; just look at the Battista’s story below.

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Mr. and Mrs. Battista live in Havertown, PA, a suburban town a little West of Philadelphia. They frequently enjoy their time out in their backyard during the Spring, Summer and some early Fall months, except those enjoyable days were often cut short or ruined altogether thanks to Mother Nature. Rainy weather and extreme wind had caused their open backyard patio some trouble as it was constantly wet or frequently too windy. Even if it wasn’t raining too hard, the wind blew it all toward their patio despite having a roof. On days where rain wasn’t the primary problem, strong winds blew everything not named furniture around. There seemed to be no winning with Mother Nature this time, but then the Battistas called us looking for a solution which we were happy to provide for them.

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Last year we completed a job for a Dunkin’ Donuts in Scotch Plains, NJ, and the Battistas had an almost identical situation which glass block could remedy. So, just like we did for the Dunkin’ Donuts employees, we suggested that we build them a glass block wall. The glass block wall, being sturdy and water-resistant, would not only act as a solid wall but also, keep the rain away from the patio and stop the wind from converging onto the patio. In the Dunkin’ Donuts it did the same thing; blocked the really chilly wind from hitting the drive-thru workers and stopping the rain from getting them wet during open hours. As mentioned before, these glass blocks can be and are frequently used for multiple reasons, even some as simple as a good windbreaker.

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We built the Battistas an L-shaped glass block wall using Decora glass blocks, which allow the most light with added privacy and a little IceScapes glass blocks because they wanted it to be a little “different”, which we’re all for. A cool summer breeze still has the opportunity to get over the top of the wall and create a cross-breeze, natural light will still brighten up the patio, water will no longer be a problem and now the patio is a little more private. Mr. and Mrs. Battista loved the way the glass blocks looked and were happy to know that Mother Nature won’t shorten their relaxation time out in the back. People who see this wall would most likely think it’s just a nice glass block wall, whereas on top of it being that, it also plays the part of a windbreaker, weather-resistant barrier and giver of piece of mind.

If you would like to know more about how we finished this project, please comment below or send me an email. If you’d like to know more about glass blocks and their many benefits please call me at 800-635-1226 or email me at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. . Feel free to read some of our other blog posts to learn more about all glass block has to offer and to check out our website at www.easternglassblock.com. We’ve been in the industry for 26 years and counting and will be more than happy to help you with your glass block project.

 

Posted by: glassblockblogger | March 29, 2016

These Unique Glass Block Windows Are All The Rage

For decades, glass blocks have been around in buildings and homes. You’ve probably seen them being used in basement window applications, or regular window applications, showers, or its own freestanding partition. The use of our glass blocks is well known and customers use them for many things such as those mentioned, and more. However, a somewhat new trend in the glass block world is continuously gaining popularity. This trend I am referring to is the creation of unique glass block windows. What makes these windows truly unique? Continue reading to find out.

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There have been many times where customers ask us if we can draw them a sketch of their proposed window idea. It isn’t too time consuming or troublesome since a majority of the time the dimensions we’re asked to sketch are similar from one customer to the next. This is where the aforementioned trend and creativity step in. When I say “unique glass block windows”, I actually mean unique because these windows are specifically designed by both the customer and us together. There isn’t a brochure you can open that shows these windows, because they are made up through back and forth between the customers and our design team. A very popular trend right now is mixing up different sizes, styles, and now color into one design that fit the available dimensions which leads us to the end result: a truly unique glass block window.

Beautiful, unique color accented window designed by the people at Pittsburgh Glass Block

Beautiful, unique color accented window designed by the people at Pittsburgh Glass Block

Mixing different sizes and styles has been gaining popularity for some time now, but the addition of mixing in color blocks as well is now starting on that same path. Many people consider glass block windows to be aesthetic, but some consider them to be plain. Alternatively, there are other people who see an opportunity to get creative and we relish in the fact that they want us to be the ones to work on their creative project. When we receive rough opening dimensions we immediately figure out the block count based on the customer’s block choice, which is easy after that. When the customer sees a picture of a unique window we have done, and then asks us about it wanting to know more and if they can also get something similar, it isn’t as easy, but is much more exciting and rewarding when the product is finished.

Blue glass blocks act as color accents in this small panel

Blue glass blocks act as color accents in this small panel

We have an extensive collection of colored glass blocks that give our customers a plethora or choices as well as many different sizes that give them a lot of different combinations to choose from. This is why each window is unique; it is catered to each customer’s own likes and wants, not based out of a magazine or brochure that makes them settle. If a customer wants it, our design team sketches and give it to them.

Beautiful glass block window highlighting the use of 2 different styles and 4 different colors.

Beautiful glass block window highlighting the use of 2 different styles and 4 different colors.

 

Color glass blocks are now being frequently used as color accents in glass block panels. They are thrown in the design to accentuate the room in which it is going in or to match decorations. Mixing these with different sizes and styles just makes for an absolutely unique window mainly designed by the customer, for the customer. We’re thrilled to see this trend continue to gain popularity as we are always looking to see new opportunities to grow.

We are more than happy to help you design your own truly unique glass block window. Our design team will work with you every step of the way to make sure this glass block window is exactly how you want it. Visit our website at http://easternglassblock.com/ to see our some of our products and what we’re all about. We have over 27 years experience and our knowledge is second to none. Give us a call at 800-635-1226 or shoot us an email at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. At Eastern Glass Block, customer satisfaction is our #1 priority. Let us help you design a product you can truly call your own.

Posted by: glassblockblogger | February 16, 2016

DIY Bathroom Remodel Using Glass Blocks

Home Owners in Metropolitan areas like New York, Boston and Philadelphia are finding that remodeling their current home is a preferred alternative over selling and buying a new home in this economic climate. The Bathroom is an excellent DIY remodeling project to add new elegance to their home.

Bathroom remodels using dreamy bathtubs and showers are featured in this HGTV post. The use of light in bathrooms is so important. Light is critical to the luxury and leisure effect that you want from your bathroom. After all, this is your retreat, your place of seclusion and rest.EXTERIOR_25

Glass Block can easily enhance the light while at the same time providing privacy and energy efficiency.

While you are soaking in the tub, you may not be thinking about the utility bill. As a matter of fact, you should not be thinking about anything like that. But, while you are not in the room, there is a piece of mind knowing the light filling it is energy-efficient.

Light is so important to the elegance factor. But, not all of us have a great deal of space between us and our neighbors. We want piece-of-mind knowing that we are filling the room with light without losing our privacy.

819c531f-4492-4f4f-a7ca-ae4fc3a93415For that DIY person, Pittsburgh Corning LightWise® vinyl frame windows is an excellent choice. A Glass Block window installs just like a regular window. You will just need to place the Glass Block in the window opening and fasten along the built-in nailing fins which are now set back 1¼” to fit all siding and stucco applications. The Glass Block is bonded with silicone for an all-glass look, so there’s no need to hire skilled labor – and there’s no clean-up hassle.Eastern Glass Block LightWise Unique Features

What really sets the LightWise® window apart from the crowd is simple: it’s real Glass Block. LightWise® windows will not scratch, burn or discolor, providing years of timeless beauty. Plus, no other window system looks quite like a real Glass Block window. You get the security, durability, and beauty of Glass Block for about the same price as any other specialty window. The LightWise® Window can make light dance. And it’s available in two distinctive patterns allowing you to control privacy and light transmission.

Let us know how we can help. We have been helping DIY projects nationwide for more than 26 years from our offices in New York and New Jersey. Do not hesitate to call us at 800-635-1226 or email us at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. We love to share our experience and expertise.

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