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Glass Blocks are not Dead! 5 Ways a Classic Material has Evolved

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

 - new products and contemporary glass block designs

Warning – This article may be controversial to some.

I have to admit with many designers, decorators and architects I hear the following comments:

  • Glass blocks are dated.
  • Glass blocks are an old school material.
  • Aren’t those blocks just for basement and factory windows?

While the use of glass blocks for functional (not too sexy) projects like basement,  bathroom or factory windows makes sense for security and  improved energy efficiency, the material has evolved dramatically with some cool designer products no one seems to know about. Why are glass blocks seen as dead or dated? Why is this product the “Rodney Dangerfield” of building materials (i.e. it gets no – or minimal – respect)?

I would contend the marketing of these cool products has been woefully under-promoted. With this lack of promotion a common refrain of designers is often, “glass blocks are dead.”  They aren’t dead – the problem is no one really knows what’s cool and hot with them.

In this article I’m going to take you on a journey to see how this classic material has evolved into a contemporary element which can fit into a home or business with a modern design aesthetic. Let’s take a look at 5 specific ways glass blocks are being resurrected right now “from the dead” into a new modern design-forward building material.

 

Upper Floor Vinyl Framed Glass Block Windows – Options and Applications

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

How to handle the installation of an upper floor (bathroom, garage, kitchen, closet or laundry room) glass block window has been puzzling to many DIY’ers and trade contractors alike. Questions like the following come up all the time:

Vinyl framed glass block bathroom window

Vinyl framed glass block bathroom window

 

  • What goes around the perimeter of an upper floor glass block window?
  • How do I trim the window out?
  • What sizes are available?

 

One way to simplify the installation of an upper floor window (if you can use some common sizes) is through the use of a vinyl framed glass block window.

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Large vinyl framed glass block window before installation

Large vinyl framed glass block window before installation

 

In the article below you’ll learn a description of this window, advantages, available sizes and exciting options.

Introducing New 3D Mosaic Tile Glass Block for Partition Walls

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Blue Mosaic Tile Glass Block Kitchen Backsplash

Have you ever seen a mosaic tile that could transmit light? If your answer is no – you are not alone! Fortunately there is an exciting new product called a mosaic tile glass block which can achieve this objective and add a lot of style to a room as well. Learn below about the features, benefits and uses of these new 3 dimensional glass blocks.

 

Close up of mosaic glass tile blocks in Siena and Blue colors

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