Glass blocks themselves are more beneficial than single pane windows when compared and contrasted. Not only are there obvious distinctions but there are also some that may go unnoticed. There is also a different type of glass block which is even more beneficial than a regular glass block. This is called a fire rated glass block. It is not uncommon that some feel fire rated glass blocks are not really needed or that they are the exactly the same as regular glass blocks. They offer benefits above and beyond regular glass blocks and windows.
First you may ask yourself “Do I need fire rated glass blocks?” or “Should I get these instead of regular glass blocks?”. Whether you need fire rated glass blocks or not is contingent upon the location of the space. Some buildings need fire rated blocks to meet fire codes and some homeowners living on zero-lot lines would be wise to consider them as well for the walls or windows adjacent to the lot line. Fire rated blocks are not needed always (I doubt you would want to get fire rated blocks for a glass block shower). More often than not, regular glass blocks will do just fine for whatever project you are planning. On the other hand, business owners, houses in close proximity to each other and those residing in locations prone to fire would be smart to choose fire rated blocks over regular blocks.
Are they worth it? My answer is yes, they are worth it. Fire rated glass blocks come in 45, 60 and 90 minute fire ratings which is reflective of their fire retardant level. Comparing these and regular windows in regards to fire is like comparing a rowboat to a yacht. If these blocks can potentially save your property from extended fire damage, then these are worth it. If these blocks can help your business meet fire codes and protect it from fires, causing tangible and intangible damage to your computer systems and property, then yes these are worth it.
Concerned about the styles of the blocks? No worries. All glass blocks have fire ratings of 45, but 60 and 90 minute glass blocks include different styles like Essex, Endura, Vue, Decora and Vistabrik, a solid glass brick. Choosing a higher fire rating does not limit the choices of patterns.
Not sure if you have any safety concerns that fire rated blocks could fix? This still leaves to door open from a precautionary standpoint. You might not need higher fire ratings for a business or home, but having them as a precaution can never hurt because if something tragic were to happen you would be readily prepared.
As I touched on before, uses for fire rated blocks can differ. Commercial applications range from meeting fire codes to placing them on walls nearest other buildings. Residential applications range from zero-lot line protection to using them as a precaution. It is a safer material, especially for a window alternative, when considering fire damage to a business or home.
To learn more about Fire Rated glass blocks and how you can use them in your home or business, please visit our website at http://easternglassblock.com/fire-resistant-glass-block. Call us at 800-635-1226 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have over 26 years of experience and we will be happy to help you in designing or material supply.