Tips for Placement of Glass Block Walls

There are a number of ways that glass block walls can be used within a building. One of the most popular uses of the decorative blocks is as a divider in a bathroom to separate with grace the shower area from the toilet and sink area. This is a great way to combine function with design. Though the glass block walls can be laid by a novice as a weekender project, preparations should be made prior to starting the project. It is wise to measure and sketch the general design that you hope to accomplish before starting out. This will give you a guideline to work with as you progress through the project.

Available Options

There are a number of ways to create this wall for the shower room including a half wall of regular wallboard with a partial top of several layers forming glass block walls. There is also the option to use glass blocks, laid at odd intervals, throughout a standard wall for a unique affect. If the choice is to use the blocks as a full wall, you will need to obtain the proper mortar for the job. Using a sketch that you created as a design guide, take your time in laying down the first row of blocks and make sure they are level. You can purchase spacers for between the blocks to ensure the spacing is even. Once the mortar on the bottom layer has dried you can remove the spacers and continue on. Using the appropriate amount of mortar is important to starting off the project. An approximate ¼ inch of mortar should be between each block.

Apply Mortar

From this starting point you will be able to apply the mortar and then the next block as your sketch outlines. Taking the job slowly is important to creating a straight wall and allowing you to reach the top as desired. When you reach the top of the wall at the height that you desire you will want to lay a thick layer of mortar. You can then add a frame at the top if you wish to create a clean look or simply leave it as mortar. There are a number of choices that will give a clean edge and create a finished product.

Clean Excess

Once the blocks have been set with the mortar a damp sponge should be used to clean away the excess mortar from the blocks prior to completing the drying process. Allowing the mortar to dry completely before putting any kind of pressure or running any water is vital to keeping the wall standing. Any dampness could easily weaken the mortar and the wall. When the mortar has completely dried, taking a warm damp cloth to the wall will clear away any residue. If you still have any residue remaining and the mortar is completely dry, a damp cloth with white vinegar can be used to remove any stubborn residue. Preparation and patience will yield excellent weekend glass block walls for those up for the project.