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Glass Block Walls and Partitions for Businesses

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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.

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Benefits

Glass Block Walls and Partitions Benefits

multi level stairwell with glass blocks for light transmission
curved glass block wall in stucco
step down design glass block wall in a reception area

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.

retail entrance using a glass block wall
conference room partion walls in Columbus ohio commercial office
glass block wall using IBP grid system
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:

vistabrik solid glass masonry unit in a wall

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.

stairwell windows in columbus ohio

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 window in a stucco wall

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.

two story residential home with curved light transmitting wall

Shaped blocks

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:

glass system for light in a school stairwell individual blocks randomly placed in a wall for light

Schools & Universities for use in theatres, stadiums, auditoriums, gymnasiums, and administrative buildings. Common applications have included divider walls, hallways, stairwells and showers.

contemporary office cafeteria using glass block walls for privacy and light partition separating walls

Hospitals, Medical Centers and Doctors and Dentists offices.

conference room in columbus ohio counter separation partition in cleveland ohio

Office buildings – In conference rooms, corporate board rooms, reception areas.

transom windows at bookstore in athens ohio using colored glass blocks movie theater with lighted glass blocks

Retail – for restaurant entrances, dividers between hair stylists, malls, storefronts etc.

security glass blocks used for light at lakewood hospital in cleveland suburb yellow color glass blocks in a factory

Factories, industrial buildings & distribution centers – to replace old rusted metal window sashes, for partitions inside office areas.

transit station block wall to prevent against vandals in new york city solar reflective glass blocks

Transit authorities – Use in parking garages, stairwells, wall partitions & windows in airports, bus & train stations and rapid transits.

outside picture of glass blocks for an architectural building

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 commercial grid system
parking deck circular glass block installation
office wall with glass block
Fabrication

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.

premade glass block window system using vinyl stack process
Prefabricated glass block panel with vinyl stack
aluminum channels silicone and expansion strips
Channel, glass block silicone, expansion foam, vinyl stack and anchor
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