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5 reasons you don’t want to build a glass block shower without a plan

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

5 reasons you don't want to build a glass block shower wall without a plan | Innovate Building Solutions

Marilyn called me in tears. She said, “Mike, my glass block shower has become a nightmare. These idiot contractors don’t know what they’re doing. The grout joints are lousy, the shower pan and walls don’t match up. Can you help me?”

I wish I could tell you this was the first time I’ve received a call from someone whose glass block shower project was not going well. You may be wondering, “Why is that?” The biggest reason is most contractors (and DIY homeowners) have not done this type of project before. They may be experienced in bathroom remodeling– but a glass block shower (a material you can’t cut to fit like tile) requires a game plan to make sure all the elements (the shower pan, glass block wall and interior shower wall panels or tile) work together seamlessly.

In this article my goal is to not only give you the 5 reasons you don’t want to build a glass block shower without a plan, but provide you with inside tips to make sure you get it done right the first time (note – I think I can help with this because I’ve been supplying and installing glass block showers since what feels like back when Moses was a boy. I started with this product line in 1985 – when I had more hair and a mustache). I don’t want you to be the next “Marilyn” I mentioned above or for your project to resemble the quote below.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin

How to avoid the 5 biggest blunders with glass block showers

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

 

How to avoid the 5 biggest blunders with glass block showers

The process of building a glass block shower seems mysterious to many. How is this wall going to be built? Who is going to do it? How do we plan the glass block shower so it will fit onto the shower pan? In short how do we make this project happen so it doesn’t get screwed up?

As a result of lack of planning over the years I have been called (unfortunately after the fact) on many glass block showers which either look like a 10 year old (or some very inexperienced dude) built them or have failed as a result of using the wrong materials or improperly designed shower base. I really don’t want to see these blunders happen to you!

In the article below we’ll take a quick journey to explore the 5 biggest blunders I’ve seen in glass block shower walls – but way more important than that I’ll give you the solutions to avoid these costly mistakes. Let’s dig in!

7 Myths about Glass Block Showers

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

7 Myths about Glass block showers

For some reason the design, construction and trends surrounding glass block showers appears to be a mystery to many people. As a guy whose been in the supply and installation of glass block shower projects for close to 30 years this product is not nearly as hard to figure out as many people make it out to be. My goal with this article is to dispel the myths, mysteries and downright false statements circulating the Internet about glass block. I’ll not only take a look at 7 myths but provide you with winning strategies to create a contemporary glass block wall project which will be built to last and designed to inspire.

7 Tips to Choose the Right Glass Block Shower Wall Thickness

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in News

Glass block shower thickness curved wall

Did you know glass block shower walls come in two thicknesses (4” and a thinner 3 1/8” series)? If not – you’re not alone. While the thinner glass block walls were introduced only three years ago the vast majority (about 90% of my customer’s at this time) are choosing the slim line product. In this article I’ll explore 7 tips to help you make the best glass block shower wall thickness selection for your project.

Is a Glass Block Wall Sturdy?

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Glass block wall anchored for stability

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked the question, “Is a glass block wall sturdy?” A glass block shower or partition wall will perform flawlessly when the right products and installation techniques are used. Get the straight scoop from installation and supply experts at the Columbus Glass Block and Cleveland Glass Block divisions of Innovate Building Solutions on how to create a sturdy glass block wall using the top 2 installation and fabrication techniques.

How to Design a Curved Glass Block Shower or Partition Wall

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Curved glass block shower wall using curved blocks

Curved glass block shower wall using curved blocks

The process to design a curved glass block wall is not rocket science! Yes – you heard that right. Many people want the benefits of a curved glass block wall (which can be less costly and sturdier than custom curved and bent flat glass) but they are unfamiliar with the design, fabrication and installation approaches required to create a curved glass block wall.

 In the article you’ll learn where to use this type of wall, how the product, fabrication and installation approaches in “tight curves” vary from “sweeping curves,” and  also identify unique ways to personalize your wall.

Project Spotlight: St. Agatha Church Improves Safety & Looks While Reducing Energy Costs with Glass Block Windows– Columbus Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Commercial Remodeling & New Construction, Glass Block

Before - St Agatha Church Gymnasium Windows

Before - St Agatha Church Gymnasium Windows broken and cracked blocks

The problem: St. Agatha Church in Columbus Ohio had a legitimate concern about the functionality and safety of deteriorated old glass block windows in several second story windows surrounding their gymnasium. Some of these challenges included:

 

  • A good number of the 70 to 80 year old glass blocks (which used an old cold fusing technology) had been cracked and some had even retained water.  There was a concern about a block cracking and injuring someone or damaging the wood gym floor.

 

  • The old glass block installation was not properly done with materials to allow for expansion and contraction and therefore the mortar joints were failing and had been patched with silicone caulk several times over the years.

 

After St Agatha Church Windows with new glass blocks

After St Agatha Church Windows with new glass blocks

  • The broken and dingy old blocks (glass blocks used to be manufactured with the pattern on the outside which retained dirt & debris) did not provide a nice appearance for the gym or provide as much natural light as was desired.

 

  • The energy efficiency of the old blocks was not up to modern standards.

How to Use a Tridron Angled Glass Block for a Shower Wall, Partition or Decorative Column

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Prefab Angled Glass Block Walk In Shower Walls

Prefab Angled Glass Block Walk In Shower WallsEmerald Green Colored Tridron Angled Glass Block

There are many times in designing a shower or partition where a straight wall does not fit the design or desired shape of an enclosure or room. While shape can add style – it is also known to add significant cost to a project as well.

If you’re looking to create an angled glass wall or column what cost effective options do you have? One product to consider is the use of the 45 degree angled glass block wall using a Tridron shaped unit. Below you’re learn more about this block – from it’s size, patterns, advantages and disadvantage to it’s decorative options.

Emerald Green Colored Angled Tridron Glass Block
Emerald Green Colored Angled Tridron Glass Block

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