A block wall is a structure which is made up of individual units or blocks which are bonded together with the use of mortar. This type of wall is typically used for applications such as veneer, retaining walls, facing, buildings and feature walls. Block walls are a durable and tough structure once completed. The individual blocks are installed in courses. For load bearing block walls like residential home veneer or facing which requires structural support for roofs and other walls, they will require reinforcement materials such as steel or iron to ensure that the wall itself will be able to carry the weight of the roof. This enhancement should be engineered by a professional to ensure stability and safety once the installation has been completed.
Building a new home can be stressful as there are many different materials available nowadays. Blocks can be used to build the wall, of facing and veneer of your new property, or double brick. The benefits are endless as is the material choice. Different patterns and designs can be achieved to create that special and individual style of your own. Block walls made from masonry materials are a very solid construction and will last for many years.
A block wall can be constructed out of a wide variety of materials. Each material has its own attributes. Materials are generally chosen due to homeowners preferences in style and design as well as the structural side, which materials are more suitable for the application itself.
Masonry materials are commonly transformed into retaining wall blocks which are ready to be installed for wall applications. Natural stone, stone and concrete blocks have many benefits for their use as a block wall. Natural stones are a little more expensive, although they offer many unique and decorative designs. Stone is a common building block material, as it is not a man made product. Stone offers nearly the same attributes as concrete although the two are very different.
Concrete is the most common material which is used to create blocks for wall applications. The mixture is of cement, aggregates, sand and water along with iron oxide pigments for color. The mixture is set into molds which are standard or customized block shapes and sizes suitable for wall constructions. The concrete is set and ready for sale and immediate installation. Concrete blocks are ideal. They provide good thermal insulation, fire resistance and water resistance. The assembly and installation of the blocks for wall applications is relatively simple. Blocks for wall applications are available in hollow or solid forms.
Retaining walls are generally built for decorative, structural or practical purposes. Decorative retaining walls are constructed for landscaping purposes. They can feature gardens and be built up in a step like effect for a creative style in the garden. They can also be used as footings for fences and to create privacy in the front yard. A retaining wall can act as structural support for the roof of your courtyard or patio. Retaining block walls are also installed to tame sloped properties and prevent erosion. Retaining block walls are easily installed by DIY for simple applications which require no reinforcement. Applications which require reinforcement are recommended to be constructed and designed by a professional.
Glass block walls are a modern way of creating natural lighting within the inside of the home. They also provide an alternative to normal glass windows as they create privacy and security by not allowing onlookers to see inside the property. Glass blocks can be assembled to create a full wall or a small simple wall feature.