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Benefits of Using Acrylic vs. Glass Blocks for Windows

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block, Windows

Slider windowsSo, you’ve decided to freshen up your windows with a new look but now the debate is on…should you use acrylic blocks or glass blocks? Innovate Building Solutions is a nationwide supplier of both acrylic and glass block products and we believe that choosing the best product is really based on our customers’ personal needs and expectations. In the sections below, we’ll help you weigh the benefits of both options based on your budget, overall goal for the space, and priorities for function.

Glass Blocks

  • Fantastic for creating a cool, decorative look with more than 108 standard colors to choose from.
  • More cost-effective than acrylic systems
  • Easy to clean
  • Great for dressing up your basements and bathroom projects
  • Drawbacks: heavier to work with, only available in square and rectangular units

Acrylic Blocks

  • Light weight, pre-fabricated systems that are easy to install yourself
  • Tinted options are available, as well as additional sun-protection features
  • Full operable window options  that allow them to be hinged to open completely
  • Can be used in shaped windows such as an arch top, round top or octagon shape
  • Drawbacks: More expensive in many cases, cannot expose acrylic blocks to abrasive cleaning products due to warranty restrictions

Benefits of Both

  • Available in a variety of clear and frosted textures for enhanced privacy and natural light
  • Standard and custom sizing options are available to fit any opening
  • Improved energy efficiency. When you replace traditional single pane wood or metal windows with acrylic or glass blocks, you can expect to save money in energy costs— both options are 10 times more energy efficient.

Still can’t decide? The knowledgeable staff at Innovate Building Solutions is available to provide you with guidance as you choose between acrylic and glass block windows. For nationwide assistance, call 877-668-5888.

For regional assistance and installation, you can also contact one of the following branches:

Cleveland Glass Block: 216-531-6363 and 330-633-2900

West Side Glass Block: 216-398-1020

Columbus Glass Block: 614-252-5888

Mid-America Glass Block: 513-742-5900 and 937-299-6222

 

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Mike Foti

President of Innovate Building Solutions a nationwide supplier and regional (Cleveland and Columbus) remodeling contractors. Some of our product lines include glass counters, floors, backsplashes, glass blocks and grout free shower and tub wall panels

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