Your link broke so I'm guessing it is a pre-fab glass block assembly
that you can set in place. You can get good result with the
polyurethane adhesives in caulking gun cartridges.
Many years ago I was in the window/door business. I'd replace rotting
wood framed basement windows with aluminum framed windows using mortar
mix. That would still work today, but back then we did not have the
selection of adhesive now available.
I had my old metal framed basement windows replaced with glass blocks over
25 years ago. I had vents installed in the windows, which I used to open
during the summer until we had central air put in about 10 years ago. I
don't think I've opened the vents since then.
If I was doing it today, I guess I don't know if I would go with glass
block or VRW. I have no need to look out (or in) my basement windows - and
I'm the type of guy who doesn't like grids in windows because I want a
clear view. It's just that in the basement all I need is light and the
glass block do that just fine. In addition, the glass block doesn't need a
frame like VRW's do, so you get more window per window.
In the years since then, I have replaced all of my other windows with VRW,
including a fixed pane in the garage, sliders in the kitchen and double
hungs everywhere else. If I had to do the basement over again, I wonder
what I would do if I had to choose now...
many like glass block thinking it more secure. my mom was like that. the sm
all vents didnt do much for ventilation, caused a mold problem in basement
and later I got ill scrubbing, bleaching and painting with drylock paint an
d anti mold stuff in a semi gloss paint. The basement looked great but I wa
s sick for a month from the fumes even with fans.
think about this any home is only as secure as a burglar convenient window
or kicking in a door.
I thought about keeping the home and if I had I would of replaced the glass
block with hopper windows.
burglars want to do their work quickly, not wriggling into a below ground w
indow. they are burgars because they are lazy.
at my moms house they tried to kick in a door, the extra long shackle deadb
olt stopped them the shackle went thru the house framing around the door..
easy ventilation by opening a window has real value.
incidently around here a person was in their basement with glass block wind
ows, they had a kitchen fire, were trapped in the basement.......
I have the peace of mind of having a walkout basement, a sliding door to a
raised deck (with stairs) off the back of the house, a flat roofed one
story addition outside the 2nd floor master bedroom where we could hang
down to get to the deck and a door off the kitchen into the garage. There
are emergency ladders in the other two 2nd floor bedrooms.
The only room where we could be trapped would be the 2nd floor hallway
bathroom _if_ the 2nd floor hallway was engulfed in flames. Otherwise, we
have a way out of every room.
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