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!

Posted by: glassblockblogger | March 1, 2017

A Showcase Of Seves Glass Blocks

Glass blocks are often used in commercial applications such as walls for buildings, schools and even staircases. It is not often, however, that glass blocks are configured as such for a specific purpose, like say, rain. That’s part of the journey Seves Glass Block departed on when working on different types of glass blocks and brainstorming ideas on what can and can’t work. The video below depicts Seves glass blocks in various ways from starting from their initial design phase to the application of said blocks in the form of a kitchen backsplash or an entire building mixing different types of blocks. The flexibility of these blocks is vast and the continuing effort to use glass blocks in different ways is no longer going unnoticed.

In the video above you can see a bit of the process of actually making the glass blocks. When compared to other glass block manufacturers you can see the many different types of glass blocks that Seves produces such as their “Satin” finish, which is similar to a frosted/misty finish or their glass blocks that have small, but tasteful designs on them. You can get a good look at one of Seves most intriguing glass blocks around the 2:51 mark. This trapezoidal block also has that “Satin” finish I described above which really makes this product stand out.

There really is a lot to learn by watching this video and I invite you to take a few minutes and check it out. Visit our website at www.easternglassblock.com to see the products and services we offer.

Please reach out to learn more about these glass blocks and different products they offer, or if you want some e-brochures with more in depth info. Don’t hesitate to reach out via email or phone with any questions, concerns or design advice you may want. Please send email inquiries to egboffice@easternglassblock.com or call 973-777-8989 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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