Frosted Glass Blocks Create a Cool Mood, Privacy & Unique Style to any Room
Are you looking for more privacy (without having to use blinds or curtains) for a bathroom window (or basement window for that matter)? Do you want to move some colored light from one space to another while having a understated look? If so – frosted glass blocks are an option to consider. Learn below what a frosted glass block is, the various options available and where they can be used to create add privacy, create a cool mood or just provide a decorative look in a residential or commercial space.
Frosted Glass Block – A frosted glass block is a modular glass building block that has been sandblasted. This process makes the block more translucent and reduces the amount of direct sunlight that passes through the glass.
Options Available – Many people think of glass blocks (not just the frosted units) as simply 8” x 8” units that are stacked on top of each other. The reality is this could not be further from the truth.
Today’s glass blocks come in various shapes including corner blocks to make 90 degree turns, end blocks to finish the side of a wall, curved blocks for shower stalls and partition walls, double end blocks to step down a wall. In addition the glass block sizes range from 4” x 8”, 6” x 6”, 6” x 8”, 8” x 8” and 12” x 12”. Then there are multiple patterns to create unique designs that can either create a see-through type of window or wall or have various design patterns or levels of privacy. There are over 52 different colored glass blocks to choose from. The different shapes, sizes, patterns and colors of glass blocks can all be frosted.
Benefits of Frosted Blocks – Frosted glass blocks can be used to create a higher level of privacy, reduce the amount of direct light transmission, help to lessen the harmful effects of direct sunlight or just create a softer look than a standard smooth faced glass block. What is nice about these units is they are not that much more expensive than a regular block.
Where to use frosted glass blocks – These units can be used any place you would use a standard glass blocks – like bathroom and basement windows, shower walls, conference rooms, restaurants or other commercial or retail spaces. These blocks can be used in an entire window, wall or shower or can also be used as accents, stripes or individual units within a standard glass block assembly.
Do you have a project where you’re considering the use of colored or frosted glass blocks where you need help? Please comment below or call.
To learn more about the frosted glass blocks or get a free estimate on a glass block project visit or call Innovate Building Solutions on a nationwide basis (877-668-5888) or for a local project their divisions including Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888), Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363), West Side Glass Block (216-398-1020) or Mid America Glass Block (513-742-5900) of Cincinnati or Dayton and Akron (330-633-2900). This article was authored by Mike Foti.
We have a glass block window in the master bath. Can it be sand blasted to provide more privacy than we currently have?