Color Glass Blocks For Windows, Showers, & Walls – Frequently Asked Questions

Glass blocks have become a popular trend to be used today in windows, walls, and showers. However, there are several questions regarding how to use them, where to use them, and what products are available. The nine most frequently asked questions are listed below:

  1. What sizes, patterns, shapes, and designs can I get in colour glass blocks?

Almost every size, pattern, shape, and design of colour blocks are available. American sizes start from 4” x 8” to 6″ x 6″, 6″ x 8″, 8″ x 8″ and 12″ x 12″. The most commonly used size is 8” x 8”/ while there are some metric sized colour blocks available, these aren’t available for corners, angles, and ends. All shapes whether it is a corner, end, angled, double ended, or radius block can easily be coloured by using a drilling and filling pigment process. Additionally, designs, patters, bevelled edged blocks can be found in standard as well as custom colours.

  1. How many colours or finishes are available?

This varies from manufacturer to manufacturer as each has his own line of blocks with an attached set of mixing and matching colours. Don’t mix blocks between manufacturers as it may be hard to find similar things. The Colour Glass Block has 8 standard colours which include ruby red, topaz orange, emerald green, and sapphire dark blue. Additionally, you can also find custom colours that match or contrast your décor. You can also find blocks that have a sating finish or mute the colour effect of the block by using a sandblast.

  1. Can the colour blocks be used on the outside as well as the inside?

Because coloured blocks are sealed and moisture free, they are safe to use in windows, walls, and showers whether they are used inside or outside. In fact an extremely interesting piece of glass outdoor sculpture using ruby red blocks in New Mexico.

  1. How can glass bocks be put together?

Glass blocks are put together in a manner that is similar to the way standard clear units are assembled and installed. Windows and straight wall assemblies have high quality and cost effective ways to put blocks together using pre-fabricated panel sections. These panels can be bought using a vinyl stack spacer system in order to make one wall section sit on top of the other. This system also has an interlocking design system to tie glass walls into the already existing walls. This ensures that the installation is safe. The colored glass blocks can be joined using mortar or silicone. Using a professional manufacturer can give you tips on the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches.

  1. How long does it take to get colour glass blocks?

Some colour blocks that are available in standard sizes and metric sizes are usually stocked and available for immediate shipping in a wavy design pattern, although the number of colours available will be fewer. For other different sizes, shapes, and patterns, it may take 2-3 weeks for the product to be shipped.

  1. Can the block be colour matched?

Yes, custom colours can also be created. If you send a sample of the fabric, wallpaper, glass tile, etc to match, it is possible to get blocks in the same colour.

  1. How many colour blocks should I use?

The pattern and look of how you want to arrange your colour blocks is completely up to you. If a particular room in the house is extremely dull, you could cover an entire wall or window using colour blocks. Or, you can simply have a striped section of colour or even a random arrangement of colour blocks to add to the aesthetic.

  1. Can colour glass blocks be personalized, engraved, or used in craft projects?

Yes, colour blocks can be engraved with company logos, messages, or even a specific fund raising project symbol. Using these colour blocks is an excellent way draw attention to the design.

  1. Where can I get coloured glass blocks?

The simplest way to do this is by researching online and looking for companies that have these products displayed on their sites. There are very few suppliers available. The best sources have block window, wall, and shower suppliers who are deeply involved in supply, fabrication, and installed.

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