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GHBA Remodelers Council Glass block has much to offer in modern design

June 10, 2018 GMT

Originally, glass block was used for industrial purposes in places where privacy was desired and light was needed.

Today, there are many uses for glass block both inside and outside a home or commercial property; shower walls, bar bases, kitchen islands and backsplashes, windows wherever glass would be used, outdoor walls such as around the pool, and more.

Glass block has much to offer in modern design and allows for a new look and different mortar applications.

When selecting glass blocks where mortar is used, the traditional method is “stack bond” where all the mortar joints line up in a neat and orderly fashion. This method is timeless and remains popular.

Now, homeowners are opting for a design where walls are created using a mixed combination of block sizes.

This new modern, trendy design incorporates a different look and mortar is applied in a “running bond” or “brick bond” where blocks are not stacked straight on top of each other but instead off center in every row.

Every other row matches up perfectly.

Glass blocks in any fashion are not easy to install. Is it best to hire a professional installer with experience, you certainly don’t want someone “learning” on your project.

Your installer should use mortar that says “glass block mortar” on the bag.

Also make sure they use glass block spacers, wall anchors and reinforcing wire so your glass blocks are permanently attached to the structure of your home.

The simultaneous beauty and security of glass block provide additional unique opportunities, especially with color, patterns and light options. In addition, advantages of using glass block include durability, energy efficiency and weather-resistant material qualities.

A practical and unique way to enhance your home, consider using glass block for your next home project.

This article was provided by the GHBA Remodelers Council. For information, contact Lorraine Hart at lorraine@idealconsulting.net. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, visit www.ghba.org.