Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Glass block Revolution Spreading To Home Design

By Garry Brown

When it comes to competition for good design, glass blocks have come a long way. We are living in times when visual appearances are very important and more people are insisting on having something out of the ordinary when it comes to their immediate surroundings. For many, they can simply accentuate the room with special flowers, paintings and more. Others prefer something more permanent, such as glass blocks.

Glass blocks come in very many designs, shapes, colors and even textures although all of them are made of glass. Below are some different types of glass blocks:

Decorative Glass flooring Colors and finishes Standard series

Standard series -wave satin -wave endblock -90% curved corner wave -Imported from Germany -Made in USA

Decorative (water organic, arts and crafts, geometric, lined and ribbed) -starburst -Mirage -Neptune -Bubble -Bonzai

Colored -Pastels -Primaries -Earthtones

We now see how many types of glass blocks exist. Their variety is awesome and this caters to any type of design and preference. One would be hard-pressed to find a glass block that they would regard as ideal for their own custom surroundings.

If you want to get glass blocks installed, the first place to look is the home improvement stores. Stores such as Home Depot sell and install almost all the above types of glass blocks that we have mentioned. Most people are not experts at this and that is why Home Depot maintains qualified personnel who for an extra fee, can help you choose just the ideal glass blocks for your immediate liking and also assist you with installation.

Glass blocks are very strong and durable. This makes them popular and advantageous. They also give a building a fuuristic look. Many office buildings experience transformation using glass blocks.

Glass blocks are also beautiful. In some European cities, they are used to construct entire buildings giving the building a very exotic and at the same time futuristic look especially when light bulbs are fitted inside. Glass blocks allow light without compromising on security and that is why they have become a favorite when it comes to office construction.

When it comes to energy saving and conservation, glass blocks have also become a favorite in many quarters. This is because in a glass block environment, there is little need for artificial lighting especially during the day because natural light is allowed into the room. That means that with time, the office begins to realize energy savings in form of lower energy costs. It is hard to realize these savings when all the light bulbs are on 24-7 as is the case with natural brick office buildings.

The best way to go about installing glass blocks is to consult with a handyman. In many cases they will refer you to a home improvement store to choose and buy the glass block designs of your choice first. Then they will embark on the installation process.

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