Glass Block

Glass Block adds light

July 14, 2017
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Glass block windows add light to a space and if done well, can improve the overall feel of a room.  It is an affordable option, costing less than double or triple pane windows, while not requiring the framing. Eliminating the Framing, Improving the Light By eliminating the wood frame around the window the homeowner is…

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What Kind of Variables Affect Price of a Glass Block Window?

November 29, 2016
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The first thing you should know is that there is no such thing as an honest “ballpark” estimate. There’s no easy answer but here’s a few things that might help you.  Here’s what an installation company is looking for: Identify the location the block will be put in. Basement Bathroom Identify the purpose of the block. Privacy Security…

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Debunking the “Standard Size” and “Quick Install” Myth

October 20, 2015
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When a glass block company receives a call and the customer tells them that they have “just standard size” windows, professionals cringe.  The Professional knows that there will be a disconnect between what the customer expects, and what can be delivered and for what price it can be installed. So here’s a quick checklist to better understand…

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To Vent or Not to Vent

April 15, 2015
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I often hear, glass block “vents give you great air flow”, or so my customers tell me that “Joe” down the street told them. Now I’ll be honest — if you want vents, I will sell them to you, but not because you need them and as long as we’re being honest, not because they’re…

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Q: How do I know if a company mortars their glass block?

March 12, 2015
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A: This is a common question and in order to get the straight answer from a company you have to ask a few more questions. Here’s why: Many homeowners who do their homework prior to having a company come out for an estimate know that mortar is the best way to put together a window,…

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Should I Do All Of My Glass Block Windows At The Same Time?

March 5, 2015
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Some companies try to pressure customers into doing all of their basement glass block windows at the same time.  They’ll give lots of reasons, but here’s a quick checklist of what you really need to understand. You don’t need to do all of your windows at the same time if you go with a classic…

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Buying from a House Flipper? Use Caution

March 4, 2015
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As a professional remodeler I see the good, the bad and the ugly.  Being an educated buyer is your best defense against inheriting someone else’s problem. Common problems that I see regularly are that low quality materials were used on house flipper projects and low quality installation practices were used.  This is not to say…

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Mortar, Hot Melt, Hot Glue or Silicone

February 19, 2015
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For over 100 years, companies did glass block the same.  Glass block was put together in one way and one way only — with mortar.  But things have changed.  Some changes are good, and some bad. First the good: Pre-fabrication vs On-site building:  Glass block used to be built completely on-site.  The Mason would lay…

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Privacy and Glass Block

February 12, 2015
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I get this question often, and for good reason — how much privacy will my glass block give me? The answer is “it depends”.  Classic designs such as wave (popular for basements) offer some privacy, but the closer you get to it, the more anyone lurking outside your home will be able to see.  If…

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