Introduction to Glass Blocks

About Glass Blocks

Product Overview

Glass Block WallIn today’s modern world architectural designs consist of generous designs which are marked with open space, light and colors. Glass blocks are the ideal product choice for incorporating these designs around your home, office or business to suit all types of decor. The unlimited design possibilities of glass blocks to any sort of project is enormous. They can be used in a number of ways to add natural light and beauty to all types of spaces. These products provide generous light around the home whilst still keeping it secure and private. There are no limitations in design, style, coloring and patterns when glass block is used.

Glass blocks can be used for many different types of applications to achieve an open feel around the home or commercial property. Some of the most popular areas glass blocks are used include the following:

  • Partitions Glass Block Windows
  • Bathrooms
  • Showers
  • Spa Walls
  • Benches
  • Bars
  • Splashboards
  • Feature Walls

Glass Block Installation

Glass Block Installation Glass blocks are typically installed by using either mortar or silicone. Glass blocks which are installed using silicone can be firstly installed onto an aluminum or wooden frame by using silicone to bond the glass blocks together and using anchor clips. The silicone installation technique requires the silicone to be placed in between the joints of each glass block; therefore it will not be seen once finished.

 

Silicone installation can be done via DIY as manufacturers offer DIY kits for this style of installation. Framed installations where silicone is used are simple, fast and effective. When a mortar installation is required it is suggested that professional installation is conducted to achieve the best results. Mortar is generally used and required for applications including frameless applications, curved walls and partitions.

Fire rated installations of glass block are recommended to be installed using mortar. Walls which are in contact with heavy water such as bathrooms or kitchen applications should also be installed with mortar. Walls of glass block which are over 3 meters should also be installed with mortar to ensure stability and durability. It is important to remember under certain regulations and building codes fire rated glass blocks must be used for some applications types. Fire rated glass blocks require professional installation.

Glass Block Designs

Colored Glass Blocks The design choice of a glass block application is endless as there is a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes to choose from. Typically, the most popular and commonly used size of glass block is of a square or rectangular shape. The standard size of a glass block is 190 x 190 x 80mm. This standard glass block size offers the largest range of color and shapes. Sizes of glass blocks can be manufactured to suit specific applications. The design choice of the glass block is endless and homeowners can get creative to create individual and unique designs.

The glass which is used to produce glass blocks originates from these main countries: Germany, Indonesia and Australia. Top quality glass is used to produce glass block pavers for residential and commercial use. Glass blocks are available in frosted, clear and faded designs. The style of glass block is also available in crossed ribbed, diamond, Flemish, cosmo and wave designs. Glass blocks can also be colored in a wide variety of shades including blue, green, peach, rose, gray, clear and turquoise. The glass blocks can feature a border also.

Glass blocks can be individually designed into a pattern using one particular style of glass block paver. An assortment of designs can be assembled for a decorative outlook. Standard clear glass block can also be used around all areas of the property.