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Glass blocks can be used for lots of different things!

In conversation with Dermot Moran of Glass Block Co

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  • “We also manufacture pavement roof lights which are precast concrete roof lights which can lead to the creation of entire balcony floors.”
  • “People may not want a window at the gable end of their house but glass blocks are a fantastic solution.”
  • “I like people to go with small combinations of soft shades.”

Glass Block Co distributes Seves Glass Blocks & Vitrablok Glass Blocks in Ireland. This company has more than 39 years of experience in the distribution and installation of glass blocks in Ireland. They offer the full range of Seves Glass Blocks for vertical walls and horizontal pavement lights. Their standard glass block is 190mm x 190mm x 80mm.

This company can price for the supply and fit of glass blocks and as well as offsite prefabrication and installation of pavement lights or basement light panels made with concrete and glass blocks and reinforced so they can be walked on. Their unique technology cell windows are supplied to Garda stations and prisons countrywide.

Glass Block Co has the largest selection of sizes, finishes and colours available in different price ranges for every application in the domestic and commercial sectors. They have end blocks, corner blocks, half blocks, fire blocks, light diffusing blocks, pavement blocks, solar panel glass pavers, vibrant colour injected blocks, craft blocks and lots of different colour options.

“Glass blocks can be used for lots of different things, they are not just for walls. We build a lot of glass block shower walls which are fully customisable.

If you have a very big apartment and without dividing a space or hiring a carpenter, a builder and a plasterer to build a wall to divide the apartment which will also darken the space, we can build a glass wall which again is fully customisable and there is a choice of glass that you can or can not see through.

We can also build balustrades on a balcony. The amount of possibilities for glass blocks are endless,’’ said Dermot Moran.

“We also cover all the fire rating aspects from standard glass blocks to 90 minute fire rated. We also do glass bricks which can also be up to 90 minute fire rated which we recently supplied for behind a reception area in a Dublin hotel. We also manufacture pavement roof lights which are precast concrete roof lights which can lead to the creation of entire balcony floors.

“We also offer triple glazed glass blocks filled with argon gas for passive standard home build. These can be used in situations where people are not putting enough glazing in the cable end of houses. People may not want a window at the gable end of their house but glass blocks are a fantastic solution.

They are as insulated as a wall without an openable window which will pull light into a staircase area where the homeowner may not have wanted to put a window necessarily or you may not have been allowed to put a window there due to planning restraints such as overlooking neighbours,’’ enthused Mr Moran.

“We also manufacture bespoke security windows for banks, prisons, and court houses which are tailored to the security specification needed.”

With such an array of colours and endless possibilities for glass blocks, what advice would Dermot offer to customers in advance of them installing a glass block creation?

I always know what people will want before they ask me! I will always tell customers less is more when it comes to colour and it also depends on where they are putting the glass blocks. I always tell people that I want their glass blocks to look amazing in 10 years for them when different aspects of the house may have been decorated. I like people to go with small combinations of soft shades and I will always give people that advice, he added.

“The other major benefit of glass blocks is the security element. If your property is overlooking a laneway and you couldn’t put in a window for many reasons including vandalism or a fear of security, we can install bullet proof impact resistant blocks into a glass block wall which is fully reinforced and you can’t see in or out through it.

This wall will allow a lot of light into the space as well as being very secure,’’ concluded Dermot Moran.

 

 

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Words: Emer KellyImages: Webpress

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