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Glass block has the strength of masonry but allows light to pass through. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Larry B.)

Glass block

As strong and secure as masonry, yet able to allow light to pass through, glass block can be a great option for bathrooms, basements and other projects.

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Glass Block

Do you need to replace your basement windows? Professionals installers say glass block windows add privacy, allow light to pass through and much more.

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From what I can see in a picture of the item, there does not appear to be anything special about the glass. unless it has an Ikea emplem on it or special etching or something, any normal window glass replacement company like Speedy Glass or such should be able to cut and install replacement glass - probably about $100-300 depending on whether a pane or entire door-sized panel of glass, depending on which style you have.
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Just about every sliding door I have installed is put in in sections. If it is a brand name you may be able to purchase a replacement panel from a lumber yard or call a glass company to replace just the glass. I have seen some windows and doors that have a "welded" plastic frame that is next to impossible to replace just the glass. I hate to give estimated costs on labor or material since they very by manufacturer and regional prices but I would think you are in the $250-350 range in labor plus cost of glass or panel. 
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Could be held on with concealed mirror fasteners (usually a clip or notched "button" design, with very litle showing outside the mirror, or none showing if has trim around it, or with large dabs or swipes of mirror adhesive or liquid nails. The former leaves minimal damage when removed - no more than a heavy duty picture hanger, the latter leaves divots in drywall, as you surmised, and holes in the drywall if a piece of plywood is not used as a prypoint when prying it off.

 

If you want to try to save the mirrors, then a glass and mirror installer is needed - they can remove them from the hangers, or cut the adhesive with wire saw - though that will add probably 2-3 hours labor per room. Then you would need a painter who also does minor drywall repairs.

 

If not saving the mirrors, then I suspect you could get a Handyman to pop them off, repair the divots, and repaint. Otherwise, a Painter would probably be glad to do it and repair the damage and repaint - just be prepared for a hefty charge for duct tape - like $100-200, because that is the best way to do this - duct tape the surface completely, pry the mirrors off (commonly breaking them), then cut through the tape to make pieces of glass manageable and of a size to fit in garbage can or box for hauling out. Be sure to emphasize PLYWOOD protection for floors, overlain by canvas or plastic, when removing the mirrors - drop a good sized piece and you have significant flooring damage.

 

Here is a prior response for a similar situation, including the same suggestions about removal, but also a bunch of ideas of how to leave the mirrors and cover or integrate them - which can be a LOT cheaper than paying a two-man crew for a day to remove mirrors, depending on solution you choose.

 

 http://answers.angieslist.com/Need-rid-wall-mirrors--q67621.aspx

 

this is probably a quarter to full days job to remove depending on how fastened and if saving or not, so about $200-800 range. Drywall repair and painting probably about another $150-250 range, so ballpark numbers - pushing $300-400 if mirrors come off easy (bracketed) or can be scrapped, more like a thousand $ if saving mirrors.

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Your Search the List category is Glass and Mirrors - the Speedy Glass type company that does home and auto glass replacement.

 

If the glass is held in with window putty (a doughy tan or white putty) or by a wood trim piece all around it pinching it in place, then you can probably fix it yourself for about $15 piece of glass at a glass replacement place or somehome improvement/lumberyards.

 

If the glass is multiple-pane, or encased in a metal frame, then not easy to do yourself, though in some situations with single-pane you could remove the glass mounting frame entirely, use larger glass, and install with window putty. Double or triple pane you need then to fabricate a new "glazing unit" for you - the glass layers all enclosed in the metal encasing unit.If you are going to pay for that, might as well have them put it in too.

Glass Block Installation reviews in Grand Rapids

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WMGB is a great company! From the salesman who came and gave us the quote, to the
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in the office, to the installer, they were all professional, courteous, and wonderful to work with. The window and window well are absolutely fabulous - even the city building inspector told us he had never seen such a nice egress window! We got a number of quotes and this was the best price, but you could never tell by the results - it looks like we went with the highest bidder. We are extremely happy and would use WMGB any opportunity we can - and would recommend them highly.
- Deborah P.
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I stopped at showroom on Wednesday, the estimator visited the site and quoted on Thursday, and the window was installed on Friday. The installer did a great job, he is a highly skilled mason doing side work because of the economy. I was nice to get things done so quickly, and such a high degree of craftsmanship!
- Robert H.

All Glass Blocks in Grand Rapids, MI

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131 AUCTION LLC

1165 ELECTRIC AVE
Wayland

A&M Siding Of W Michigan

11830 Stultz St NE
Rockford

All Weather Seal Co Inc

G 4258 S Saginaw St
Burton

All-Weather Seal of West MI

319 E Main St
Lowell

Architectural Concrete Contruction

5021 N Division
Comstock Park

Beckett Home Improvement

1348 Front Ave NW
Grand Rapids

Bender Maintenance and Home Improvement

2525 East Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids

Builders License Training Institute

5112 US 31 N
Grand Rapids

BuyTile.com

5904 Avenue D

Chucks Do It All Maintenance LLC

610 Pleasant St SE
Grand Rapids

Custom Upgrades, LLC.

747 44th St SW
Wyoming

DISCOUNT WINDOW

3535 W RIVER DR NW
Grand Rapids

Distinctive Brick & Stone, Inc

1985 Aberdeen NE
Grand Rapids

Fusco Weatherization Services, LLC

515 W Kalamazoo St.
Bloomingdale

Gesink building Services

1349 Houseman Ave N.E.
Grand Rapids

Handyguy Ryan

1250 Orville St SE
Grand Rapids

Home Repair and Remodel

840 Washtenaw Dr. NE
Grand Rapids

Jacobsen Remodeling Inc

401 Hall St SW
Grand Rapids

KEN ENGELKING BUILDERS

3598 BABYLON RD
Allegan

MACATAWA CERAMIC TILE LLC

576 PINECREST
Holland

Makin Custom Flooring

7742 Sleeper Ave
Fremont

Montell Construction

401 Hall St SW
Grand Rapids

Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids

3850 29th St SE
Grand Rapids

Northwest Tile & Interiors

2571 N Gordon St
White Cloud

NYSTROM BUILDERS

5995 12 Mile Rd NE
Rockford

Oliver Tile & Stone

740 Morton Ave.
Belding

PHB Construction LLC

11747 Orchard Park Dr
Sparta

Potts Masonry

76 Veterans Drive
Holland

Sherd Construction And Services LLC

1112 N Black River Drive
Holland

Smith & Son Building & Remodeling

1409 Sullivan Rd.
Ravenna

Somerset Painting

2727 Alpine Ave NW
Grand Rapids

W.M.G.B. Inc

2131 Martindale Ave SW
Wyoming

Wallside Windows Inc

27000 Trolley Industrial Dr
Taylor

West Michigan Construction

3749 Broadmoor SE
Grand Rapids

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