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Question DetailsAsked on 2/27/2015

What should I use to replace glass block in my shower and front window?

My front window (measuring 7 ft. x 3 ft) is glass block. Inside this glass block abuts my whirlpool tub. So, at night if you use the whirlpool, people outside can see flesh tones if you use the tub. Also, one wall of the shower is glass block. I appreciate the privacy of the glass block in the shower, but it seems out of date. Help!

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Vi, for the application you are talking about. Glass block is actually a great fit. It is very durable and yes it is obscured so people can't see in. There are newer of glass block that may help update what you are looking for, as in newer patterns. As far as it looking dated, there are some very good designers, home builders and remodelers using it to update homes today. When used right it is both durable and ascetically pleasing.

Answered 5 years ago by ExteriorUpgrader


Front window - of course, you can go with a regular window or a frosted window or a stained glass one, etc. As for seeing when using the hot tub, you can put in a sliding panel (like a bypass door) or drapes or blinds or such to block the view when in use. Glass block IS an odd front window unless the outside view is nothing to brag about, but then too is a hot tub in what sounds likethe living room ? For a 3x7 window (assuming 7' tall) you could also use shutters - outside or interior.

You can also apply stick-on obscuring film over the block, cutting into pieces to fit one block each, but close to hot tub (or on outside) the survival time would probably be measured in months rather than years. I would say pull-across or roll-down blinds or drapes are the easiest.

One other alternative, if they are not already frosted, is sandblasting to heavily frost the glass - though that would not totally block the flesh tones showing through.

Another alternative - shining a bright floodlight on the inside of the glass when using the hot tub, so overpower the flesh colored light coming through. Sometimes a bright floodlight shining on the outside can almost totally obscure the view through the window too - like on a sunny day when the exterior glare prevents you seeing through showroom windows.


Shower - some like me would say dated, but people are still putting them in. Alternative - a traditional shower door or a glass wall (frosted or etched as your please), or if a large wall replacing with a half or full-height tiled or stone-surfaced (on the outside) wall.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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