Files for U.S. Patent
Inc. of Pittsburgh has announced it has filed for a U.S. patent
for the design of its structural glass block wall, floor or skylight
system. Previously, a provisional patent was filed.
The company says the glass blocks, available in either 3 or 4 inches
and any available size, are suspended within a structural aluminum
grid system and sealed inside and out with silicone sealant-no mortar
is used in the system. In addition, steel rods pass through the
aluminum grid to provide a security/impact wall. If desired, silicone
joints can be covered by elastomeric strips that snap on to the
edges of the aluminum grid members to provide "perfect joints,"
according to the company.
In addition, the company says that since grids are custom made and
completely fabricated at the factory they are easy for most any
personnel to install. While blocks are normally field installed,
fully factory units are available.