As you may know, glass blocks come in many different styles and many different colors. There are glass blocks and glass bricks that each have their own extra benefits. A Fire Rated glass block looks like a normal glass block but has an added and important benefit of being able to withstand heat from a fire without breaking. This is important in both residential and commercial applications as fire rated glass blocks meet necessary fire codes. The fire rating on these blocks range from 45 to 60 to 90.
Glass Blocks have always been known to security and resistance to vandalism or break-ins better than regular traditional windows are, plus with the enhancement and capability of withstanding fire it makes glass block the better option. In residential applications, fire rated glass block will protect you from potential fires, especially if your home is in close proximity to another as well as privacy, efficiency and style. In commercial applications, it meets the required fire codes while also letting in more light, adding more privacy and offers more efficiency than traditional windows which can save the business some money. If you want even more protection, there is also Vistabrik. This product is a 3″ thick brick of solid glass which offers the most protection out of any product and has the highest fire rating. These are extremely hard to break and like the others offer resistance to vandalism and can even withstand gunshots.
Fire Rated glass blocks also give you added insulation not just regarding weather, but also from noise. So if you live in the city, busy street or have a business in the middle of a shopping center, these blocks will also help pad the noise and keep some extra noise out.
If you would like to talk more about the options that are available to you with Glass Block, or, if you want to work out an installation or design issue that you have come up against, call us at Eastern Glass Block. (800-635-1226) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have been designing and installing Glass Block for over 26 years. We would love to share our ideas and experience.