glass window. Monday , February 26th , 2018 - 22:01:42 PM
Lead channel window panels are the original form of stained glass. Working and soldering the channel is labor intensive and the designs tend to be simpler executions because of the weight and labor involved. Foiled panels are able to use much smaller pieces and can even use 3D techniques, with flowers or birds lifting from the purely vertical, into the room they occupy. The glass pieces are cut, ground smooth, the edges encased in copper foil, the pieces are fitted together, and after a flux solution is applied so it will adhere, solder is melted over the foils and joins the pieces of glass together.
Filling your home with natural light is easy with the correct window design selection. Another way of facilitating natural light is to always keep your windows clean. For homeowners who don′t fancy spending weekends balanced on ladders Pilkington Activ(TM) Self-Cleaning Glass is a definite must. Self-cleaning glass is making life far easier and is giving home owners many reasons to use glass in the construction of their homes. What could be better than bright, open rooms with excellent outdoor views facilitated by huge glass sheets, without having to spend your days cleaning the glass?
Design Tip # 1 - When to choose a 4" x 8" x 4" block - Since this block is the skinniest unit it is used either to fill in a window opening where a thin block is needed or to create a curved kitchen or recreation room bar. If you′re looking for a way to jazz up your selection consider sprinkling in some frosted or colored glass blocks as well. It is usually better to try to prefabricated sections using this block because they are difficult to lay using the unit by unit method due to the fact they don′t have much surface area on the 4" side. Design Tip # 2 - When to choose a 6" x 6" x 4" block - This unit is most often used for either new construction or replacement windows. It looks good when it′s paired in larger commercial openings with the 12" x 12" x 4" sized masonry units. It is available in many of the common patterns including Decora, Wave, Argus, Vue, Clear and Iceberg patterns. This block is difficult to use with partition walls because there are not any finishing end, corner or curved blocks that accompany 6" sizes. Design Tip # 3 - When to choose a 6" x 8" x 4" block - This unit size is often an excellent choice when you′re looking to complete a shower stall or enclosure. The reason this block works out well is because the curved glass blocks and many of the finished bull nose end units are manufactured in the 6" x 8" x 4" size. Since this size is not too large it comes in handy when you′re designed a curved walk in shower wall where there is not a lot of depth for the shower base. Design Tip # 4 - When to choose the 8" x 8" x 4" block - The most cost effective block to design your shower, wall or window with is the 8 x 8 x 4 size. Since this unit uses a small number of units per square foot and because the production runs of this size are large their total costs per square foot tend to be the most reasonable. Another reason to consider this size is the end, step down, 45 degree angle, and 90 degree corner blocks are available in this size and in multiple patterns (including Decora, Wave, Icescapes, Iceberg & Clear). Design Tip # 5- When to use 12" x 12" x 4" blocks - The 12" x 12" unit is used primarily for its larger size and mass. This selection is most commonly used in glass block window and wall in-fill projects predominately in the commercial market. Common patterns include Decora, Wave, Argus, Vue, and Clear. Design Tip #6 - Mix up sizes, colors and frosted options for a unique touch- Why be uniform when you can step out with a unique style of your own? Mixing the sizes together provides just the touch that can make a project stand out. It is usually easiest to mix blocks like 6" x 6" with the 12" x 12" units or to mix 4" x 8" blocks with 8" x 8" units. Another option to consider is the use of colored or frosted glass blocks - use a few of them as accents, stripes or as a complete wall or window. Design Tip #7 - If you′re still not sure call the experts - Sometimes it′s easiest and best to call the block experts to design your shower, window or wall project and take any guesswork out of the process. Now that you′re equipped with these sizing tips you′re ready to get moving on your glass block shower wall or window project.
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