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August 12, 2017 18:08

Create a design using glass blocks


  • 1 Why go back to the glass blocks?
  • 2 Walling of glass blocks
    • 2.1 Technology laying glass blocks
  • 3 Tips for installation of glass blocks
  • 4 use of glass blocks in the design
  • 5 frame technology

Glass blocks areIt is also one of masonry materials which can perform both functions of dividing and decorative.Especially popular they were 10 years ago and were almost the only way to make a spacious and bright room where there is little sunlight and no possibility to equip the room with additional light sources.Today, glass blocks in interior design provides the same functions as before, but they are made more qualitatively.The latest technology now allow the creation of materials not only excellent quality and durability, but also excellent appearance.

Types of glass blocks

Types of glass blocks

Why go back to the glass blocks?

reason for the reintroduction of glass blocks in the massive construction can be explained only by its unique properties and parameters that can be decisive in the choice of material, the method of its installation and laying places.

Primarily glass blocks the bulk, as before, are used for the construction of walls, which are susceptible to further stress.Bearing walls are made of this material can be critically dangerous, both for the structure and for the tenants.Because the glass, and even a thick, like glass blocks, still beats, and can be broken by any solid object.There are other ways the construction of decorative walls.

Even though the possibility of injury in case of accidental damage to units they still may be the best means to create a universal partition that will not only perfectly prevent sound waves, but also become a means of amplification of light beams partly their absorbing and partially enhancing aslens.Hence the second reason why they have become popular again - ensuring good lighting in the room.

The high level of illumination

high light level

Modern production of glass bricks is not the process of creating a turbid green bricks crooked shape.Modern manufacturing produces perfect geometrical and practical parameters of masonry material, which can be:

  • crystal clear;
  • gently brushed;
  • relief;
  • produced a huge number of colors and shades;
  • with drawings on the inside and even with objects inside.

All of the above can not only be a decisive factor for the decline is to this material to create a decorative and at the same time multi-functional partition in the living room, the kitchen or the hall, but it will be the main reason to use it in the bathroom for the separation of the room into zones.After all, glass is a solid and very dense material, in general, does not absorb moisture, is easy to clean and polished, if necessary.But for laying glass blocks, respectively, and will require a high quality glue.

That is, it turns out that self-installation of glass blocks, you need a waterproof glue and after laying all the seams need to gloss over the fugue.This is a special compound that prevents the ingress of moisture into the adhesive layer, which eliminates the possibility of fungal organisms within it.

Glass blocks - it is a light material that can be applied not only in a private home, but also in the apartment.But it should be remembered that a large number of them can still lead to an increase in the load on the ceiling, so you should consider this well before attempting to install all the walls of this material.Glass blocks in the interior of the apartment, photos of which can be seen below, can play a significant role, because it is only with their help you can create the color and contrast of colors.It will be incredibly nice to play with sunlight.It's probably one noticed in his life, that when a ray of light passes through a non-uniform in thickness glass is refracted and even breaks into spectra, like a diffraction grating.And this creates a extraordinary cozy and comfortable stay in an apartment, house or even in the office.

Decorative partition wall in the living room

decorative partitions in the living room

Looking through glass blocks in the interior of the photograph can be seen not only a huge variety of colors, but also laying combinations.Even with some ability to fantasize or zeal for art using glass blocks can create a truly unique and unique design.The blocks can be combined in different colors and shades.In addition to a wide raznotsvetya today, many manufacturers offer a unique solution - the blocks with different inserts and colored drawings.Also, modern technologies allow to produce glass masonry engraved.But, of course, not everyone will desire to arrange at his home a museum or exhibition environment.

only glass blocks for the walls have the unique property as to transmit light, but through it you can not view the actual object contours, making it safe to build walls between even a bathroom and a living room or kitchen.

Glass blocks can be used for decoration of the window opening in bathrooms in private homes.This makes it possible not to reduce the degree of illumination, and thus create a reliable barrier from the eyes of others.

Walling of glass blocks

Glass blocks can be one way to create not only the deaf walls, but also part of a small decorative designs, which is a decoration of the room.Here, of course, it is worth remembering about the colored glass blocks.Only a combination of several shades, you can create a truly unique environment that will give dynamism and originality.

But even the blank walls of this material do not create such a massive visual sensation that usually create opaque structure.This suggests that they can be used to expand the space visually.

One of the excellent properties of glass blocks are geometric parameters.Each unit has a virtually imperceptible variation in size, allowing you to construct perfectly aligned structure.A small layer of adhesive and evenly distributed over the grooved end surface perfectly binds all the elements of design to create a coherent whole.

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glass blocks sizes

Glass blocks sizes

Glass glass blocks apart advantages are also not entirely positive properties.For example, a smooth front surface does not allow them to lay on a tile or other finishing material.on a wall is also not necessary to mount the furniture, equipment, shelving and more.

stacking technology glass blocks

Installation of brick and glass glue

installation of glass blocks on the glue

installation of glass blocks is similar to technology of masonry block any materials.

first step is to prepare the base, align the tie, primed deep penetration and so on.

Although glass blocks have dimensions almost perfect geometry, but also for the smooth masonry should be installed beacons and tags.This can be done using a laser level or normal gidrourovnya and plumb.To simplify the masonry along the walls for them is to attach the guide battens, to him also in the process of laying will be attached string to align each row.

Laying glass blocks can be carried out in different ways, just as masonry:

Laying brick and glass white glue

Laying brick and glass white glue

  • in dressing wire;
  • in a checkerboard pattern with alternating shades;
  • seam to seam.

To create partitions, you can use several ways of laying glass blocks, which depends on the customer's preferences.On the strength of the structure can be in principle, and not to think, for example, with penomblokami or bricks.But all the same, considering all the options, the best way of laying it will vperevyazku.He will make the wall stronger and more stable.

first layer of blocks is laid on reinforced base, it is necessary to use a thin reinforcement and put into the ground.This place is better for two of the rod, it will eliminate peppered deformation of masonry during its solidification.

Tips for installation of glass blocks

Masonry blocks with reinforcement

masonry blocks with reinforcement

  1. glass block has a smooth texture, so when applying the adhesive is important to remember that the mixture should not fall on the front surface.And if it came, then it must be promptly wash with a sponge.Because it is removed subsequently can damage pattern.
  2. Also during transport units must be remembered that this material is fragile.And the slightest shaking and collision may lead to chipping and loss of her appearance.
  3. Glass blocks are difficult to cut, rather, in general, do not give in to it.Therefore, when you create a partition of them should take this into account and advance to count every action.To simplify masonry manufacturers produce a half blocks.
  4. quality glass block laying their hands or on their own should be carried out slowly, because each block - a tight and slippery material which is poorly adhered to each other, even high-quality adhesive.Therefore, a single approach should be to settle no more than 3-4 units of rows.And for the filling of joints need to use special crosses.
  5. To joints did not spoil the appearance of the picture after the installation of glass blocks, you must use a light, preferably white adhesive composition.
  6. to create arched or dome-shaped structures is necessary to use a thin reinforcement for strengthening masonry.It fit so that it could not be seen from the back side.

These tips on laying of glass blocks will be decisive in creating a truly unique partition or structure to be designed to become the main element of decoration of an apartment house, apartment or office.

Methods of forming angles

Methods of forming angles

use of glass blocks in the design

Furniture made of glass blocks

Furniture made of glass blocks

    Glass blocks can be used not only for the construction of walls and walls.They can be used to decorate the walls of the brick or block masonry, as if releasing some of its aspects or dignity.It may be niche, patterns and so on.Also, one can perform an original and not less than attractive fixed furniture.It may be coffee tables, chairs, armchairs, pedestals and more.

frame technology

Frame technology


technology In addition to traditional technology, there is another way of mounting glass blocks.It consists of using the frame.It may be made of wood or purchased ready-made from plastic.Section recruited as a designer and glass blocks are inserted tightly.This method of stacking blocks provides a more aesthetic and neat partition.But the cost of its styling is quite high, and the process requires a certain skill.Besides, such a partition has poor sound-insulating properties.

done its cell for each glass block, which then is inserted.Elements of one section bonded between a transparent silicone sealant and wire.For the construction of the wall is enough for 8-10 hours, can not be said about the traditional method, which retrieves up to 3-4 days.

A supplement articles like glass blocks laid with his own hands, the video will be an excellent addition.