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Glass Block Windows - 5 Steps For Installation Success

<span style="background-color: transparent; color: inherit;">Like&nbsp;many&nbsp;product&nbsp;categories&nbsp;the&nbsp;installation&nbsp;options&nbsp;for&nbsp;glass&nbsp;block&nbsp;windows&nbsp;have&nbsp;grown&nbsp;proportionately&nbsp;to&nbsp;the&nbsp;expanding&nbsp;design&nbsp;options.&nbsp;Years&nbsp;ago,&nbsp;blocks&nbsp;were&nbsp;made&nbsp;in&nbsp;a&nbsp;8"&nbsp;x&nbsp;8"&nbsp;x&nbsp;4"&nbsp;size&nbsp;in&nbsp;a&nbsp;few&nbsp;patterns&nbsp;and&nbsp;put&nbsp;together&nbsp;inside&nbsp;a&nbsp;masonry&nbsp;window&nbsp;opening&nbsp;(usually&nbsp;by&nbsp;a&nbsp;skilled&nbsp;mason)&nbsp;block&nbsp;by&nbsp;block&nbsp;with&nbsp;a&nbsp;gray&nbsp;mortar&nbsp;and&nbsp;masons&nbsp;sand&nbsp;-&nbsp;not&nbsp;real&nbsp;sexy,&nbsp;but&nbsp;it&nbsp;worked.&nbsp;In&nbsp;today's&nbsp;world&nbsp;people&nbsp;want&nbsp;to&nbsp;use&nbsp;blocks&nbsp;more&nbsp;creatively&nbsp;in&nbsp;different&nbsp;types&nbsp;of&nbsp;openings&nbsp;(could&nbsp;be&nbsp;masonry,&nbsp;framed,&nbsp;steel&nbsp;openings&nbsp;etc.)&nbsp;for&nbsp;a&nbsp;wide&nbsp;variety&nbsp;of&nbsp;uses,&nbsp;and&nbsp;not&nbsp;have&nbsp;to&nbsp;rely&nbsp;strictly&nbsp;on&nbsp;a&nbsp;mason&nbsp;to&nbsp;get&nbsp;the&nbsp;job&nbsp;done.&nbsp;The&nbsp;following&nbsp;5&nbsp;installation&nbsp;steps&nbsp;can&nbsp;help&nbsp;you&nbsp;think&nbsp;through&nbsp;what's&nbsp;needed&nbsp;to&nbsp;have&nbsp;your&nbsp;block&nbsp;window&nbsp;installation&nbsp;project&nbsp;go&nbsp;smoothly.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: inherit;">o&nbsp;Step&nbsp;1&nbsp;-&nbsp;Ask,&nbsp;"What&nbsp;size&nbsp;is&nbsp;my&nbsp;window&nbsp;opening?"-&nbsp;The&nbsp;size&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;opening&nbsp;is&nbsp;a&nbsp;large&nbsp;factor&nbsp;in&nbsp;the&nbsp;window&nbsp;installation&nbsp;approach.&nbsp;There&nbsp;are&nbsp;two&nbsp;basic&nbsp;ways&nbsp;to&nbsp;install&nbsp;a&nbsp;glass&nbsp;block&nbsp;window:</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: inherit;">*&nbsp;(Option&nbsp;1)&nbsp;As&nbsp;a&nbsp;window&nbsp;panel&nbsp;alone,&nbsp;or&nbsp;as&nbsp;a&nbsp;panel&nbsp;built&nbsp;into&nbsp;a&nbsp;vinyl&nbsp;or&nbsp;metal&nbsp;framed&nbsp;window&nbsp;system.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: inherit;">*&nbsp;(Option&nbsp;2)&nbsp;installing&nbsp;the&nbsp;glass&nbsp;blocks&nbsp;one&nbsp;by&nbsp;one&nbsp;inside&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;opening.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: inherit;">A&nbsp;benefit&nbsp;of&nbsp;glass&nbsp;block&nbsp;is&nbsp;it's&nbsp;a&nbsp;heavy&nbsp;material,&nbsp;the&nbsp;challenge&nbsp;is&nbsp;it's&nbsp;a&nbsp;heavy&nbsp;material&nbsp;when&nbsp;you're&nbsp;installing&nbsp;it!&nbsp;For&nbsp;most&nbsp;openings&nbsp;less&nbsp;than&nbsp;25&nbsp;square&nbsp;feet&nbsp;consider&nbsp;option&nbsp;1,&nbsp;the&nbsp;block&nbsp;window&nbsp;built&nbsp;as&nbsp;panel&nbsp;(or&nbsp;section)&nbsp;vs.&nbsp;option&nbsp;2.&nbsp;Option&nbsp;2&nbsp;is&nbsp;usually&nbsp;more&nbsp;difficult,&nbsp;costly,&nbsp;and&nbsp;requires&nbsp;a&nbsp;higher&nbsp;skill&nbsp;level.&nbsp;For&nbsp;the&nbsp;first&nbsp;option&nbsp;you&nbsp;can&nbsp;get&nbsp;a&nbsp;block&nbsp;window&nbsp;panel&nbsp;built&nbsp;by&nbsp;a&nbsp;glass&nbsp;block&nbsp;window&nbsp;manufacturer,&nbsp;often&nbsp;saving&nbsp;time&nbsp;and&nbsp;money.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: inherit;">o&nbsp;Step&nbsp;2&nbsp;-&nbsp;Ask,&nbsp;"Where&nbsp;is&nbsp;this&nbsp;block&nbsp;window&nbsp;going?"&nbsp;A&nbsp;key&nbsp;factor&nbsp;in&nbsp;the&nbsp;block&nbsp;window&nbsp;installation&nbsp;is&nbsp;if&nbsp;the&nbsp;glass&nbsp;window&nbsp;is&nbsp;going&nbsp;in&nbsp;new&nbsp;construction&nbsp;or&nbsp;a&nbsp;remodeling&nbsp;project,&nbsp;and&nbsp;whether&nbsp;the&nbsp;surrounding&nbsp;construction&nbsp;is&nbsp;masonry&nbsp;(poured&nbsp;concrete&nbsp;or&nbsp;concrete&nbsp;blocks)&nbsp;or&nbsp;frame&nbsp;(surrounded&nbsp;by&nbsp;wood).&nbsp;Here&nbsp;are&nbsp;some&nbsp;recommendations&nbsp;for&nbsp;each&nbsp;job&nbsp;condition:</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: inherit;">*&nbsp;New&nbsp;construction&nbsp;projects&nbsp;in&nbsp;framed&nbsp;openings&nbsp;-&nbsp;For&nbsp;new&nbsp;construction&nbsp;framed&nbsp;openings&nbsp;use&nbsp;a&nbsp;vinyl&nbsp;framed&nbsp;nail&nbsp;in&nbsp;glass&nbsp;block&nbsp;window.&nbsp;Consult&nbsp;your&nbsp;glass&nbsp;window&nbsp;manufacturer&nbsp;for&nbsp;the&nbsp;size&nbsp;to&nbsp;create&nbsp;your&nbsp;rough&nbsp;framed&nbsp;opening.&nbsp;These&nbsp;windows&nbsp;(which&nbsp;are&nbsp;usually&nbsp;siliconed&nbsp;together&nbsp;for&nbsp;an&nbsp;all&nbsp;glass&nbsp;look)&nbsp;can&nbsp;be&nbsp;purchased&nbsp;with&nbsp;nailing&nbsp;fins&nbsp;to&nbsp;simply&nbsp;nail&nbsp;in&nbsp;from&nbsp;the&nbsp;outside&nbsp;just&nbsp;like&nbsp;a&nbsp;traditional&nbsp;vinyl&nbsp;window&nbsp;in&nbsp;new&nbsp;construction.&nbsp;Since&nbsp;they&nbsp;can&nbsp;be&nbsp;manufactured&nbsp;with&nbsp;the&nbsp;2"&nbsp;thick&nbsp;series&nbsp;of&nbsp;blocks&nbsp;(in&nbsp;either&nbsp;a&nbsp;high&nbsp;privacy&nbsp;"Ice"&nbsp;pattern&nbsp;or&nbsp;"Wave"&nbsp;pattern&nbsp;from&nbsp;Mulia&nbsp;Inc.)&nbsp;they&nbsp;are&nbsp;lighter&nbsp;than&nbsp;traditional&nbsp;block&nbsp;windows.&nbsp;These&nbsp;windows&nbsp;can&nbsp;also&nbsp;be&nbsp;purchased&nbsp;for&nbsp;the&nbsp;3"&nbsp;and&nbsp;4"&nbsp;thick&nbsp;series&nbsp;of&nbsp;blocks&nbsp;as&nbsp;well&nbsp;if&nbsp;you'd&nbsp;like&nbsp;to&nbsp;try&nbsp;one&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;upscale&nbsp;designed&nbsp;Beveled&nbsp;or&nbsp;Spyra&nbsp;series&nbsp;of&nbsp;blocks&nbsp;from&nbsp;Pittsburgh&nbsp;Corning.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: inherit;">*&nbsp;New&nbsp;construction&nbsp;projects&nbsp;in&nbsp;masonry&nbsp;openings&nbsp;-&nbsp;For&nbsp;most&nbsp;masonry&nbsp;openings&nbsp;under&nbsp;25&nbsp;square&nbsp;feet&nbsp;it&nbsp;is&nbsp;best&nbsp;to&nbsp;purchase&nbsp;mortared&nbsp;or&nbsp;siliconed&nbsp;block&nbsp;panels&nbsp;that&nbsp;can&nbsp;be&nbsp;set&nbsp;into&nbsp;the&nbsp;

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