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Cost to Install Glass Block & Tile

The cost to install glass or block tiles can vary greatly as you can use them for many purposes around a home. You can use glass tiles for small projects such as a backsplash or larger projects like tiling the interior of a shower or an entire bathroom. Glass blocks are commonly used to secure basement windows, but you can also use them in interior design remodeling projects, such as dividing walls or as the base of a bar.

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National Install Glass Blocks or Tiles Costs
Average reported cost $728
Number of Cost Profiles 276 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $150
Maximum reported cost $1,400
Most homeowners spent between: $643 to $821

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Glass Tiles

Individual glass tiles come in several different dimensions as well as many different colors and degrees of transparency. One-inch by one-inch is common. You can pay anywhere from $1 to $16 per tile. The glass tiles that you will need to install for a backsplash will usually cost $25 to $40 per square foot. Installing tile correctly requires a high level of skill, so the installation costs for a typical backsplash will be $500 to $1,500, depending on the size of the backsplash and where you are located.

Glass Blocks

You can buy individual glass blocks for $5 to $15 each. You can pay as much as $50 for specialty blocks. Glass blocks are commonly sold in packs of 4, 5, 8, 10 or 12. These packs can cost from $20 to more than $1,000. You can also purchase pre-formed glass block windows that will fit standard-sized window openings. You can get them with or without ventilation openings, which will let air in and keep water out. These windows will cost between $50 to $1,000, depending on the size and quality of glass.

If you search for installation quotes, you will likely get them from contractors that specialize in glass block window installation. They might want to provide their own blocks if they have to install a nonstandard-sized window. They may charge an additional $25 to include a ventilation opening. They will most likely offer a discount for installing more than one window at a time. Excluding materials, installation of a glass block window will cost $350 to $600 per window.

One thing you should keep in mind when planning to use glass blocks in a remodeling project is that it can be expensive to change your mind. They are difficult and costly to remove once installed.

Last updated on Jul 22, 2016

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