Using a decorative glass block border can turn an ordinary project into an extraordinary project. In the article below learn how decorative borders can be used in glass block windows or shower walls and about the product options to choose from.
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Let’s face it – single pane wood framed windows have a lot of pitfalls – they are poor insulators, can be broken into easily and the frames surrounding the sashes deteriorate over time. Transform Construction contacted the Columbus Glass Block division of Innovate Building Solutions to find a long lasting and high quality solution for this problem. The old basement windows to be replaced were part of a basement renovation for St. James Episcopal Church. Learn below the advantages of glass block church windows and the installation approach used to ensure these windows last over time.
You may be asking – why should anyone care about the windows being used in a garage and why would glass block windows make sense in this space? Well in case you haven’t noticed garages are becoming a “hot” area of a home. Check out some of these facts:
- According to the U.S. Census 1.3 million garages per year are being converted into living space.
- From the National Association of Home Builders in 1950 58% of new homes had no garage – today 91% of new homes have a garage and 83% have a 2 car garage or more.
- 17% of new homes in the United States have a 3 car garage.
So – what is prompting this increased interest in garages and what does that have to do with glass block windows? The reality is homeowners are looking for cost effective spaces that can be used as “flex” areas (i.e. for more than one use). In addition to parking cars people are now using garages for hobby and craft areas, workshops, children’s play rooms, ping pong and pool tables, poker rooms and exercise rooms. With this increased interest (and money) being put into garages there is a need for better windows– that is where garage glass block windows come into place.
Learn below the benefits and options of these windows vs. the old single pane windows that are generally installed when the garage was built.
Glass blocks are a building material that has stood the test of time – but like many building materials it is evolving in new & exciting ways. Read below how 5 new glass block products are tying into the design, needs and market trends for consumers and businesses in 2013.
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Installing glass block windows is a great way to provide not only protection from the heat and cold air from outside – but they are also a way to guard your family against intruders. This fact is pretty well known in Midwest part of the United States where a lot of basement windows, garage windows, and bathroom windows have been installed – but what is not known is there is a new fabrication system that has notched up this the benefits of a glass block window to another level. This system is the Innovate Protect All Glass Block Window which will be explained below.
If you’re confused about the best method of fabricating a glass block window or wall you’re not alone. In this article you’ll learn about the 3 most popular ways to assemble glass blocks (mortar, silicone and vinyl stack), where to use each method and their advantages and disadvantages.
Choosing the best vinyl replacement windows or glass block windows can be tough. Not only do you want to consider their looks, function and cost it’s also crucial to know how energy efficient the windows will be. While many people focus in on looks and initial purchase price often the homeowner can make the best long term choice by focusing in on a windows’ energy efficiency as well (it’s estimated that anywhere from 20 to 30% of all home energy is lost through windows and doors).
In the article below we’ll provide some of the basics to understanding how to evaluate window energy efficiencies and what types of window systems can be used to lower future home utility costs and make a home more light filled and comfortable.
At first glance all vinyl framed glass block windows may look the same – but do not be fooled – it is often the details you may not notice that will make the difference in having a window that performs best in the long run. In the article below you’ll learn more about the advantages of a vinyl frame privacy window that is assembled with a vinyl stacking system.
Building security, vandalism, glass breakage can be a nightmare for maintenance departments and drive up costs for building owners. A solution to this problem is using solid security glass blocks. Learn below the benefits and common uses for this product.