Posted by: glassblockblogger | January 4, 2018

Prefabricated Glass Block Basement Windows

Since we’re in the middle of Winter there is little to no exterior residential construction happening for a few more months until it starts coming closer to Spring. Although actual work isn’t going on right now, that doesn’t mean planning and preparation should be on hold as well. To maximize the time off for cold Winter temps to pass through you could be planning out your home remodel or renovation ideas. One in particular that can have an almost immediate, then long-lasting positive impact is a glass block basement window.

We get a lot of inquiries about glass block basement windows every Fall before Winter creeps up from homeowners who are concerned with possible flooding from rain, water creeping in from snow build-up, and just sub-par insulation for their homes. Flat-glass isn’t the greatest insulator (this is no secret), and sometimes window films or curtains won’t do the trick. A glass block basement window is more insulated than it’s flat-glass counterpart and can still help put those flooding worries to bed.

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Typically, glass block basement windows used to be built the old-fashioned way: built block by block on site. This past year we’ve successfully completed more jobs using prefabricated glass block basement windows than before. Using this method, we simply build the window and ship it to you for you or your contractor to just “plug and play”. The only prep needed is to get rid of the current existing window and have the opening as a “bare masonry opening”. These prefabricated windows can be built to most opening sizes, with or without a vent, and depending on your opening size you may even be able to choose from a few different block styles.

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A pre-made glass block basement window could be a great addition to your home for a few different reasons whether it be from a leak, insulation, or just standard replacement. You no longer need to use the old way of having a glass block window installed block by block, but can now just sit back and relax while we build it and ship it right to your door. The only thing left to do it get some mortar and set the window in the opening.

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Visit our site at www.easternglassblock.com to see what we offer or give us a call today at 973-777-8989 (local) or 800-635-1226 (nationwide) to speak with us about how a glass block basement window can be beneficial to you and your home. Send us an email at egboffice@easternglassblock.com with any questions you may have or if you want some informational brochures. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Houzz to keep up with what we’re doing.

Seves Glass Block has been pumping out all types of new, cool glass block products for some time now. They frequently turn up at all different types of architectural exhibitions to showcase what products they have to offer for commercial buildings and homes. Some glass block products are complementary and others are better suited as a stand-alone product. Check out the video on our YouTube channel below to see some of what Seves Glass Block offers:

 

Maybe this video will give you some inspiration or ideas on how you too can use Seves Glass Block products in your next project design. Visit our website at www.easternglassblock.com and don’t hesitate to call or email us at 973-777-8989 or egboffice@easternglassblock.com so we can help you figure out what works best for you and your project. Also, be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Houzz and Pinterest!

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!

 

 

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