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Weekend DIY Glass Block Project
The weekend is coming and it is time to plan that DIY project. Glass Block is a versatile material that can be used in a variety of ways to brighten your home. Whether you are looking to build a unique bar in the game room, a new shower, a kitchen island to enhance your open floor plan, or simply add a design element to your home, Glass Block makes it all possible. With our weekend DIY project modules, we can help you to choose the right materials and provide you with assistance on the design and installation to bring your ideas to life.
Also, you can go to our post Installing Glass Block is Easier Than You May Think. This will help you with the material options. For instance, with Pittsburgh Corning Glass Block, there is mortar or mortar-less options to make your DIY weekend even easier
Before you actually start your project, these are some questions you may have, and are also quite commonly asked;
Do I need special support underneath the wall?
Usually not. Unless there is a problem with the floor already standard subfloor framing is usually enough to support the block wall.
Can the walls be prefabricated?
Yes. Straight prefabricated walls make the project easier and less costly to perform. Rounded walls are generally built at the job site.
Are these walls sturdy? How are the walls attached or anchored?
Most block walls are tied into surrounding wall(s) using panel anchors or vinyl stack anchors every 3rd course (or 24″). Panel reinforcing or horizontal vinyl stack pieces provide additional stability.
How do you make radius or angled walls? How are the ends and tops finished off?
With the development of glass blocks with angles, corners, and finished ends there is usually no need to use dissimilar materials to finish the sides and tops of your project.
Are there blocks with 60 or 90 minute fire ratings, or ones that offer higher levels of security?
Yes. There are solid and 60 and 90 minute fire rated glass blocks with thicker faces providing increased resistance to bullets, noise reduction, improved protection against vandalism & graffiti, and better fire ratings.
Let us know what we can do. We have been helping DIY projects nationwide for more than 20 years from our offices in New York and New Jersey. Do not hesitate to call us.