Glass Block Walls and Partitions Benefits
Commercial and new construction glass block walls and office partitions can provide the following benefits:
Increased light transmission & improve productivity – Using this material in a commercial or architectural setting provides a modular building system that also moves light through interior or exterior spaces. Well lit spaces in offices and factories have been shown to improve productivity.
Design flexibility – These units are available in a wide variety of decorative patterns, designs, colors, sizes, shapes and thicknesses and can be used in many places including partition walls, stairwells, bars, decorative columns or even floor systems.
Improve building security – Since the blocks are generally mortared together in glass block walls and have very thick glass faces they are hard to break in through or vandalize. This makes them an excellent choice for an industrial, factory, commercial or office building with security concerns.
Noise reduction and soundproofing – Office productivity and high noise levels do not go well together. Glass block walls can provide a STC (sound transmission class) rating up to 53 to help minimize outside distractions.
Lower heating & cooling costs – Many old office and factory windows have single pane metal and aluminum frames which cause high heating and cooling costs. Glass block walls can cut these costs by 10 times.
Increased fire resistance – These blocks come in 45, 60 and 90 minute fire ratings which make them excellent products for stairwells, hallways and windows in schools, hospitals, parking garages and transit authorities.
Cut maintenance costs – repairing or replacing broken window sashes and drywall walls can be time consuming and expensive – glass blocks can greatly reduce repair costs.
Prefabricated systems to cut installation costs – This product can be built into sections to reduce the installation time and cut field labor costs.
- Products & Uses
Glass Block Wall Products for Business & New Construction Projects
If you’re replacing a wall consider the following product lines and design options:
Solid security & fire rated glass blocks
Vistabrik solid and thicker faced Thickset blocks can be used for glass block windows & walls to maximize security and reduce maintenance costs.
Frameless commercial glass block windows in 3 1/8" and 3 7/8" thicknesses
Used mostly in masonry openings these blocks can be preassembled into sections and installed in small and large openings alike.
Vinyl framed glass block windows
These blocks are built into a vinyl frame for installation into framed openings. A key advantage of this system is it does not require masonry expertise.
Colored, Frosted & Etched Glass Block Walls
Add a unique design flair by adding glass blocks with over 104 different colored & frosted combinations and even custom designed or etched murals.
Turn corners, add curves, step down a wall with a design flair not possible with many other products.
How & Where to Use Glass Blocks in Commercial, Office, Industrial and Manufacturing Applications
Versatility is a strong benefit of this material. Below you’ll find a partial list of places these functional and decorative wall and glass block window systems are used:
Schools & Universities – for use in theatres, stadiums, auditoriums, gymnasiums, and administrative buildings. Common applications have included divider walls, hallways, stairwells and showers.
Hospitals, Medical Centers and Doctors and Dentists offices.
Office buildings – In conference rooms, corporate board rooms, reception areas.
Retail – for restaurant entrances, dividers between hair stylists, malls, storefronts etc.
Factories, industrial buildings & distribution centers – to replace old rusted metal window sashes, for partitions inside office areas.
Transit authorities – Use in parking garages, stairwells, wall partitions & windows in airports, bus & train stations and rapid transits.
Government & Institutions – for public libraries, jails and detention centers and police headquarters etc.
- Design & Installation
Glass Block Wall Design & Installation
How to design & install commercial windows or partition wall Using glass block
Designing and installing a glass block window or wall can depend on a variety of factors – including the size of the opening, the fire rating required, the materials surrounding the new installation and whether there is a desire for shape in the project (for example a curved, serpentine, L shaped or step down type wall). Given the many design and installation considerations check the learning center area of this site for more technical information or give us a call to assist you.
Glass Block Wall Fabrication
Prefabricated commercial, architectural and factory windows and walls
Years ago the only way to do a glass block project was to lay the units piece by piece. This process requires a mason who is skilled specifically in this type of installation. Fortunately with the invention of prefabricated systems block walls can be made into easy to install sections which can be put in by maintenance departments and other less costly trades. Ask about how to premade sections can make your project easier.
Glass Block Wall Design Ideas
Glass Block Walls and Partitions for Businesses
Add style by using a glass block wall or partition in your office or commercial space. Using a wide range of designs these building blocks can also add light, improve security, lower energy costs and increase fire resistance.