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“Block up your windows before Old Man Winter sets in”

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

Upper floor bathroom glass block window
Upper floor bathroom glass block window – outside view

Unfortunately you have to face the facts – while you’re enjoying the colors of Fall, Old Man Winter is just around the corner. Poorly insulating windows will not get any better and re-caulking again and again becomes less and less effective. Here are some advantages you’ll realize using glass block basement, bathroom and garage windows:  

  • 10x better energy efficiencies than most existing windows – In most basements and in many bathrooms the original windows in the home used single pane glass. Glass blocks are 10 times more energy efficient and since they’re mortared in there is no maintenance that is required.


  • Increased Security/Ease of Gaining Entry into the Home – Existing window are flimsy, usually held in with caulk and are an easy target for break ins. New glass brick windows are mortated into the foundation making them difficult and time consuming to attempt to break through.


  • Increased privacy – It’s easy to see into the lower level and bathroom windows through the clear glass in the existing windows. With glass block you can pick a high privacy pattern like Iceberg or Pristal from Mulia to let the light in, yet keep others from looking in.


  • Windows will become easy to operate Lower level windows are often rusted shut, or cannot easily be opened making a basement smell musty and allowing mold spores to grow. New block windows can be combined with fresh air vents or power exhaust fans to make your basement or bathroom healthier for your family and friends.


  • Available in prefabricated assemblies or professionally installed – Glass block can be installed quickly, painlessly and cost effectively since they are built in prefabricated panel assemblies.

If you have any experience with glass block windows you’d like to add please comment below.


If you need any help with a glass block window project visit Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363) , Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888)or Mid America Glass Block (513-742-5900) of Dayton and Cincinnati and Eastern Glass Block  (973-777-8989) of New York and New Jersey.

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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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