Posted by: glassblockblogger | September 18, 2017

Vinyl-wrapped Glass Block Windows

Becoming more popular than ever, pre-made glass block windows in a white vinyl frame could be the perfect addition or remedy for your commercial or residential project. Even though these white vinyl-wrapped glass block windows are not a new thing to the industry, we feel a good amount of people still don’t know this is an option they can choose to go with when considering using glass blocks for a remodel or new construction project. Traditionally, glass blocks have been built on-site, similar to bricks, but this has also been carried the misconception of being “the best way”. It’s not that laying the blocks on-site, one-by-one isn’t a great way to do your glass block project, but sometimes it also means it’s the most work, or inefficient.

Prefabricated glass block windows are built in the warehouse, then shipped directly to your door or jobsite for you to install as a DIY project, or via a contractor. Going with this option eliminates the work and time required to assemble the window on site as previously mentioned and gives you a nice white frame around it (as most people like). When doing glass block windows this way, the frame comes with built in weep holes and nailing fins for a relatively simple and easy install process. The prepare the opening for the installation of this window, all you’d need to do is line the opening with some 2x4s (if the opening isn’t wood already) and sit tight while the preassembled window makes its way to you.

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The only drawback of choosing a vinyl-wrapped glass block window is this: the dimensions of the window have to be in modules of 8″. For example, if you have a 34″x 58″ rough opening, you could get a 32″x 56″ glass block panel. The rough opening for a window like this would be 33-3/16″x 56-9/16″, so you see it is still relatively close to your existing rough opening despite the fact that the glass block window is smaller. For dimensions in multiples of 8″ (32″x 48″, 24″x 56″x 48″x 48″ etc…) the windows can be done using a mixture of blocks as you can see on our gallery page on our website here (see top right) , or by keeping it simple and traditional.

A prefabricated, vinyl-wrapped glass block window can be used for bathrooms, shower windows, living rooms, garage windows, basement windows, kitchen backsplashes and more. These windows can be the perfect touch on a tricky project that requires light, privacy, and size constraints as some do.

Feel free to contact us via phone, email or through one of our many social media to ask us any questions you may have about prefabricated glass block windows. You can reach us at 973-777-8989 (local), 800-635-1226 (nationwide) or egboffice@easternglassblock.com for a quote, design assistance or any questions about the windows or your project. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Houzz!

 

 

Posted by: glassblockblogger | July 12, 2017

DIY Bathroom Remodel Using Glass Blocks

Homeowners all over the country, mainly the East coast are finding that remodeling their current home is a solid alternative over selling and buying a new home. The bathroom is an excellent room to have a DIY remodeling project that adds 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, similar yet completely different than those remodels in the HGTV post above.

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, prefabricated glass block windows are an excellent choice. A glass block lock window installs just like a regular glass window so there isn’t anymore mystery involved. 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. For those who like the look of mortar to mimic the classic brick layout, this is also a possibility. Alternatively, if you do in fact like the brick look which uses mortar for assembly, a frame with nailing fins is no longer an option and a frameless panel would be the choice for you.Eastern Glass Block LightWise Unique Features

What really sets the prefabricated glass block window apart from the crowd is simple: it’s real glass block. Pre-made glass block 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. These made-to-order glass block windows are available in two distinctive patterns, Wavy or Ice (or both), allowing you to control privacy and light transmission.

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Let us know how we can help you with your DIY idea. We have been helping DIY-ers with projects nationwide for almost 30 years. Do not hesitate to call us at 800-635-1226 or email us at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. We’d love to share our experience and expertise and assist you any way we can. Be sure to check out our site www.easternglassblock.com, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and Houzz for some inspiration and other glass block applications!

Posted by: glassblockblogger | May 2, 2017

Glass Block Windows Made Easy

For some time now, glass blocks have been a cornerstone in “retro” design, but deceptively prominent in modern design as well. With the many uses of glass blocks becoming more apparent to homeowners, they have continued to be incorporated into both renovations and ground-up projects. Often, glass block was primarily installed “on-site” like you would regular bricks, but now it’s become a bit different. More homeowners are willing to take on the challenge of a DIY glass block project, to some extent. It isn’t a piece of cake to do the first time around, or the tenth, but what we like to do now for those wanting a glass block window is offer them our prefabricated glass block windows.

The easier way to now fill a window space with glass blocks is to work with us to model a preassembled glass block window. We can have a window premade with a white vinyl or sandstone frame, or without a frame altogether and built with either mortar or silicone depending on your needs, application and design choice. Choosing to go with a preassembled glass block window lets us do the hard part, meaning the assembly and sealing while leaving you with the task of putting it in place. When these panels are assembled in a frame (easier for first-timers) the installation is made easier due to the frame’s nailing flanges, and yes they have weep holes too. The only catch with a framed glass block window is that it has to be assembled with silicone.

For those who do not wish to have a frame encasing their preassembled glass block window, the frameless options leaves you to choose between mortar or silicone assembly. When installing a frameless prefabricated panel made with mortar, unlike the framed panel, you simply have to just mortar the perimeter and fit the window in there for it to set. Some people I’ve spoken to when designing their window like the all glass look silicone gives you since the silicone is clear, while other people like the look of mortar as it resembles classical brick lines. The glass blocks we like to premake our windows with are ones that offer a solid balance between light transparency and privacy. Choosing between framed or frameless is essentially a choice of preference. Maybe the frame compliments the accents or decor in room, or maybe the frameless panel looks better when tile is brought right up to its edge.

Whether you want to beef up the security of your current window openings, renovate the design or curb appeal of your home, waterproof a troublesome window or just try something new, a preassembled glass block window could be the perfect semi-DIY project to take on. We’ll build it, you finish er’ off.

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Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Check us out on Instagram for some inspiration or stop by our Houzz page for cool ideas and brainstorming. If you have any questions or want to know more about how a prefabricated glass block window can benefit you give us a call at 800-635-1226 (nationwide) or 973-777-8989 (local). You can email us at anytime at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. To see all of our products we offer check out our website at www.easternglassblock.com. Please don’t hesitate to reach out; we’ll be happy to help in any way we can!

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