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Old 03-08-06, 09:02 PM
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Window in the shower

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We recently purchased and are renovating a 1950's semi detached bungalow. In the bathroom there is a window in the shower and I was just wondering if there were any suggestions of what to do with it. We are thinking of covering the window totally and being done with it, or maybe putting a new window in made of glass block.(which gets expensive) The reason for our dilemma is that we are re trimmiung the entire house and do not want the trim around the window to rot or possibly develop a mold problem. The window (if we keep it) will be fixed as we have installed a fan above the shower. I am a little skeptical about covering up the window. My reason is that you see a windows from the outside and then you get in to the bathroom and there's no window! Probably not a big deal I guess. But anyways, any comments or sugestions would be very helpful. Thanks

Marc
 
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Old 03-08-06, 09:16 PM
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Austin 24,

Like this,

http://dougaphs.smugmug.com/gallery/229281

Hope this helps!
 
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Old 03-08-06, 09:37 PM
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thanks for the reply Doug. My next question is. How expensive is glass block and do you know of anywhere to get a hold of it in southern Ontario, Canada? We would love to go that route. Do you know if its possible to get them done as one glass window and then install it yourself or do you buy individual blocks and then lay them in like bricks?
 
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Old 03-08-06, 09:47 PM
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Austin 24,

The pictures that I displayed are of both glass and acrylic block. The tub is acrylic. The stairwell and shower is glass.

However, for ultimate privacy, you'll want to use our Frosted Wave blocks based on our popular Wave pattern - one side of the block is "frosted" to make it nearly opaque. Since there is a variety of block textures and finishes, you get privacy, security, lots of light as you can tell and better insulating value than windows. Vinyl may have U-value of 30 on high end and Hy-Lite, for example, has a U-value of 41 - 51. It's a big difference.

With units placed within a tub or shower area, I always place the glass block so it is flush with the ceramic tile. This makes for easy cleaning and no worry about future problems. Of course, I am using cement board as my substrate - not drywall. If the issue of having the ability for "fresh air", you can get these with a operable vent - again the vent is obscure for privacy. 50ft away from the road I would opt for glass block, of either type as it also is a sound barrier.

Although acrylic blocks can be broken with a hammer or crowbar, acrylic is harder to break than a glass window. Plus, because the window is made of individual blocks, each block would need to be broken or removed in order for someone to enter through the window. It would be much quicker and easier for a burglar to break through a regular glass window or door.

Here are some links to look at,

http://www.hy-lite.com/

http://www.pittsburghcorning.com/homeowners/faq1.asp

I would call them and find out who might be available in your area as well as the cost.

These can be purchased as one unit or you can make them yourself. I am assuming you would prefer to have it as a one pc unit and install yourself. I honestly am unsure of the cost.

Hope this helps!
 
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Old 03-08-06, 09:51 PM
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Austin 24,

CHeck this out, it is a good estimated cost guide.

http://www.nhci.com/glassblocks.html

http://www.easternglassblock.com/windows.htm

Hope this helps!
 
 

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