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How Much Does Glass Block Installation Cost? Pricing Factors & Examples

Last Updated: October 24, 2023

Ryan Maguire
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Using glass blocks in a construction project can add beauty to any room. Whether you're building a glass block shower or glass block windows, they are sure to add class to your living space.

Glass block windows are also a great added security measure for easy-access basement windows. They are shatterproof. Also, there is nothing to pry open to gain entrance to your house. They provide privacy and security.

Glass blocks can help insulate and weatherproof those old leaky basement windows, due to their durability and airtight installation. There are several different varieties available and many different patterns for you from which to choose. There are frosted glass blocks for privacy, and also clear glass blocks to let in sunlight.

Glass Block Installation Cost #

Here are typical costs for glass block installation:

  • Glass block panels - $5 to $20 per square foot

  • Labor - $5 to $20 per square foot

  • Total installation cost - $10 to $40 per square foot

Cost factors:

  • Type of glass block - Basic, decorative, soundproof, custom color, etc.

  • Installation method - Mortar vs panel frames

  • New opening vs retrofit

  • Accessibility of the area

  • Structural modifications needed

  • Electric and plumbing relocation

  • Size of project - Small accent wall vs large window wall

For a small accent panel, expect to pay $200 to $800 installed. Large glass block walls can cost $2,000 to $10,000 or more.

Real-Life Glass Block Installation Costs #

Here are some real-life examples of what homeowners paid for glass block installation projects:

  • I paid $450 to have a small 2' x 3' glass block accent panel installed in my bathroom. This included custom colored blocks and basic mortar installation.

  • My neighbor was quoted $1,750 for a contractor to install a glass block window measuring 4' x 5' in their basement. This included a custom curved window with frosted blocks.

  • It cost me $850 in materials to install a DIY interior partition made of glass blocks measuring 8' x 6'. I saved on labor by doing it myself.

  • I was quoted $7,500 to have an exterior glass block wall replacement measuring 15' x 8' installed in my master bedroom. This included demolition, new framed opening, and custom colored blocks.

  • My friend paid $11,500 to have glass block panels installed around her stairwell opening. It was a custom curved design with backlighting.

  • I saw an HGTV show where they installed a huge glass block accent wall that was over 300 square feet. It allegedly cost the homeowners over $20,000!

So as you can see, costs for small panels can be $500 to $1,000 while big projects easily reach $10,000+. Get quotes.

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