Glass block windows today offer a vast selection of designs, patterns, and styles for any budget or purpose, but, before deciding to use this product there are more basic questions to be answered. First, why should you use blocks, where should you use them, and how can this product help to solve your problems or needs? The four steps to glass block design success will answer these questions and more.
o Step 1 – Ask, “What are my goals, then Determine Your Patterns and Products.”- Begin with the end in mind. What problems do you want the block windows to solve? Do your existing windows seal poorly, are the frames rusted or rotted. Do you lack the privacy you desire, are you worried about the safety of your family or workers, or just looking for a hot look to add style to your property? Here are some block window recommendations to solve these specific problems:
o Drafty windows that don’t seal properly – Consider the thin line series (3 1/8″ thick) series of blocks. They are more cost effective than the commercial series (3 7/8″ thick), and come in a wide variety of sizes (generally 4 x 8, 6 x 6, 6 x 8, and 8 x 8) for proper sizing of any window opening.
o Need More Privacy – If you’re concerned about someone looking into your windows – especially in basement, bathroom, and garage windows – consider the high privacy Ice and Pristal patterns from Mulia or Icescapes or Delphi from Pittsburgh Corning. You can do without blinds or shades (saving you money) with these patterns but you don’t have to sacrifice light transmission (in fact, some say they get more light because the old frame is removed in many glass block installation projects).