The Glass Block Supply Company Clear Choice® Pour In Place panels combines functionality with modern design to bring you a long lasting product!

pour in place basement windows

Whether you are looking for glass block Pour In Place windows or Pour In Place hopper windows, GBS has exactly what you need!

When it comes to glass block, one of the best features of the Clear Choice® Pour In Place basement window is the large variety of options we have available. These glass block windows come fabricated in a variety of sizes with a large number of different glass block patterns to choose from! There is the option to have them built with or without a vent or dryer vent. The vented panels are perfect for basement applications where airflow and ventilation is desired.

Secured in a strong, durable vinyl frame there is no need to worry about the framework deteriorating over the years. Unlike metal or wood frames, the vinyl framing will not rust or rot. The vinyl frame is fusion welded to prevent the possibility of leaking.

The Pour In Place glass block basement windows are traditionally built using silicone. The use of silicone makes for a thinner and cleaner looking joint. The smaller joint allows for more light transmittance. Since these windows are installed into an area that is typically dark and lacking natural light, maximum daylighting capabilities is usually desired. To read more about daylighting and the benefits it can provide, head to our sister companies site to read their article on the topic.

pour in place windows

What makes the Pour In Place panels so unique is that they are placed within the wall framing before the foundation of the building is poured. These windows can be used in a variety of wall thicknesses such as, 7-1/4″ to 10″. The installation of these panels are easier than any other panels we carry. By following the simple instructions, installation can be done in about 5 minutes!

How to Install Pour In Place Windows

  1. The most important step of installing a Pour In Place basement window is measuring. It is extremely important to make sure the window opening is in the correct position to meet building codes. No sure how size for glass block panels or windows? Read our blog post Glass Block Windows | Window Panel Sizes to learn more!
  2. Next, you will want to carefully remove the window from the box. Make sure to keep the foam attached to the window on both sides.
  3. After carefully removing the panel from the box, you will want to place the window in between the forms. There are a few things to remember when setting the panel in place. First, make sure the window is right side up. There will be a sticker on the outside of the foam that tells you which side is the top. Next, you need to determine which side faces the outside of the building. There will be one piece of foam that is angled on the bottom to create a sill in the concrete. This will be the side that faces outside to allow water to properly drain off the panel.
  4. Make sure the window is correctly placed within the forms. Meaning that the panel is even with the top of the forms and that the window is level within the forms.
  5. After making sure the panel is correctly placed within the forms, place clamps on both sides of the window on the outside of the forms to keep the panel in place.
  6. Now comes the fun part! Pour the concrete into the forms!
  7. Before the concrete has set, remove the excess amount of concrete from the top of the forms.
  8. After allowing the concrete to set for the proper amount of time, you can now remove the forms for the foundation.
  9. At this point, it is time to remove the foam spacers. First you will want to remove the excess concrete from the foam. The foam spacers are hot glued to the panel. They should easily peel off the panel.
  10. You’ve reached the end of your Pour-In-Place installation, all that’s left to do is gently clean the panel with a soft cloth. Enjoy your beautiful window!

pour in place windows

While glass block is very durable there are unique situations where a glass block may get broken and damaged within the window and will need replaced. You may wonder, what happens now? The window is cemented into the basement wall. There the option to have a fixed glass block window or a glass block window that has a removeable sash. The removeable sash is screwed into the vinyl frame of the window, making it easy to remove the sash and remove the entire window in the instance that a glass block gets damaged or broken.

Are you having trouble deciding between a glass block basement window and a hopper basement window? Learn more about the difference here!