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Can a garage window be architectural and elegant?

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

Decorative Glass block garage window in Michigan with an architectural flair

When you think about a garage window does the term elegant come to mind? If I’m a betting man (which I’m not) the answer is no way. The words most often associated with garage windows are nasty, bug-infested, leaky and downright disgusting!

Most garage windows are included in a home to either make the front of the home architecturally correct (and symmetrical) and/or to add natural light (which can be very helpful if you have a workbench in the space) or to provide ventilation.

In most cases the garage window is the “Rodney Dangerfield” of your home windows – it gets no respect and is generally an afterthought. The question is can a garage window become something which actually enhances the look and value of your home – while still providing privacy, light transmission and a secure place for valuable tools and vehicles? The answer is yes if you think “outside the blocks” like Sean Ryan of Farmington Michigan.

In this article I’ll share with you why Sean decided to design a glass block window which was so elegant he would actually choose to use it as a backdrop for his daughters (Leslie and Kelly) prom picture (see above). Learn below why Sean decided do this project and his 5 step process to transform his old garage window.

Glass block garage windows – protect your valuables and your family

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

glass block garage windows

I was recently saddened when a friend announced on Facebook his home was broken into…..and he actually blamed it on Facebook! The reality is in this new era of social media many people know where you are ….and many people know where you are not (in this case my friend was posting to Facebook when he was not home)!

 

While owners often take steps to make the home more secure – many forget about the garage as an easy point of entry for intruders. Old wood, metal and vinyl windows are easy to break out and offer minimal security. A strong option to secure this space (and your valuable tools, cars, equipment and side entry to your home) is to consider glass block garage windows.  In the article below learn about the products and all-important fabrication options for a glass block window in a garage.

Garage Windows with Glass Blocks – An Excellent Product for an Area Growing in Importance

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

Garage windows using glass blocks being mortared for high security and increased privacy

Garage windows using glass blocks being mortared for high security and increased privacy

You may be asking – why should anyone care about the windows being used in a garage and why would glass block windows make sense in this space? Well in case you haven’t noticed garages are becoming a “hot” area of a home. Check out some of these facts:

 

  • According to the U.S. Census 1.3 million garages per year are being converted into living space.

 

  • From the National Association of Home Builders in 1950 58% of new homes had no garage – today 91% of new homes have a garage and 83% have a 2 car garage or more.

 

  • 17% of new homes in the United States have a 3 car garage.

 

So – what is prompting this increased interest in garages and what does that have to do with glass block windows? The reality is homeowners are looking for cost effective spaces that can be used as “flex” areas (i.e. for more than one use). In addition to parking cars people are now using garages for hobby and craft areas, workshops, children’s play rooms, ping pong and pool tables, poker rooms and exercise rooms. With this increased interest (and money) being put into garages there is a need for better windows– that is where garage glass block windows come into place.

 

Learn below the benefits and options of these windows vs. the old single pane windows that are generally installed when the garage was built.

7 Projects Using a Lighter Vinyl Framed Glass Block Window

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Exterior Remodeling, Glass Block, Kitchen Remodeling, Windows

Colored and Frosted Glass Block Vinyl Framed Window
Bathroom window with a vinyl framed and colored and frosted glass blocks
Den windows using glass block vinyl framed system
Den windows using lighter glass block vinyl framed window system

To many people glass block windows are just too heavy a product to use. The cool thing is they’ve gotten lighter now since that there are 2” thick glass blocks which are built inside vinyl frames. These windows are not only strong (since they are constructed with vinyl spacers between the blocks), but they also come in a wide variety of colors, frosted and etched patterns and are easy to install. Wondering where you can use these windows ….here’s 7 projects to choose from:

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