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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Designing a Shower Wall With a Curved Or Angled Glass Block

Designing a Shower Wall With a Curved Or Angled Glass Block

  Choosing the right end, angled or curved glass block can make all the difference in creating a soundly constructed good looking project. In this article you'll learn some simple design tips to choose the right shaped unit for your shower, wall, window or bar.

  Design Tip # 1 - When to use a bullnose finished end - Creating an all-glass look for a shower or partition wall creates a more pleasing look than having to finish the end of your wall with a dissimilar material. The glass finishing units are excellent to finish the end of a wall and are available in 3 sizes - 6" x 8" x 4", 8" x 8" x 4" and 8" x 8" x 3 1/8". The 4" series blocks can be purchased in several patterns in clear, colored and frosted designs. The 6" x 8" x 4" size works well for curved glass shower walls were the depth of the shower is limited. The 3 1/8" thickness unit from Mulia is a good fit to reduce project costs for straight wall applications because these thinner units are less costly.

  Design Tip # 2 - When to use a curved block - Making a curved glass wall cost effectively has been greatly simplified with the introduction of this shaped unit. Since the face of the block is larger in the front than it is in the back you can created a radius or round shaped wall without have to use big grout joints in the front and small ones in the back. The curved Arque unit has a front face that is 6" x 8" x 4" and each unit makes a 22 ½ degree turn (therefore if you use 4 of these units you'll make a complete 90 degree turn). The blocks are available in two different patterns and many colored and frosted designs. The most popular uses of curved walls are for walk in showers and partition walls.

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