IBP Glass Block Grid Systems set real glass block in a precision engineered, custom-manufactured aluminum grid.
IBP accents are easy to handle and install - usually in about the same time as their conventional substitutes. Because skilled labor is generally not required, an IBP grid system can cost less to install than traditional mortared glass block. And thanks to their light weight. IBP grids can go almost anywhere:
And while gray mortar joints tend to limit the aesthetic appeal of traditional glass block installations, IBP offers a variety of grid colors that harmonize well with any building design. The system uses glass block 3" thick with an 8" x 8" face, available in an array of patterns, colors, and even textures - adding further design choices.
- Durability: The IBP Glass Block Grid System, unlike mortar installations, allows both for building movement and for expansion/contraction of glass block and surrounding materials. The result is a glass block installation that retains its beauty and integrity over time.
- Versatility: With the IBP grid system, it's easy to achieve a new effect simply by replacing existing glass block with a new pattern or color. Again, this replacement process takes only minutes and requires no special tools or labor.
- Security: The IBP Glass Block Grid System offers the same advantage as security bars, making it one of the most secure components of any building structure. Even if block are broken and removed, the grid system performs like burglar bars and impedes entry.
- Insulation: The acceptable standard, according to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), for a double-pane window is .69. The IBP Glass Block Grid System has a U-value of .49, more than 25 percent better than the accepted standard. Additionally, this system has an air and water infiltration rate of 0.00. And speaking of insulation...
- Quiet: Traditional windows and skylights transmit more than light. They transmit or possibly amplify sounds from raindrops, hailstorms, traffic, and aircraft. When the IBP Glass Block Grid System is utilized, sounds are subdued and muted by the mass of the block. Light passes freely, but sound doesn't.
- Ease of repair: To replace a damaged block, a maintenance person simply cuts away the sealant, removes the block from the grid, inserts the new block, and reseals. Skilled labor and special tools aren't required, and the repair process takes only a few minutes. To replace a damaged block in a mortar installation, a skilled mason must carefully chip out the mortar and replace the block. When the new mortar dries, it may or may not match the existing mortar.
IBP offers free professional design services for all customers. Details are available on all IBP products in AutoCAD® 2000 format. For a CD-ROM with current detail drawings, or any additional information on the IBP Glass Block Grid System, please contact us online or call IBP's national sales office at 1-800-932-2263.