Are Barrier Blocks Indestructible?

As an established and trusted concrete provider, PPC Concrete Products aim to provide solutions for people in the construction industry. Alongside interlocking concrete blocks, we also provide Jersey Barriers.

In this article we will be answering the question, ‘Are barrier blocks indestructible?’

Additionally, we will be sharing that information with you about our alternative concrete solutions.

The latest statistics on construction output tells us that it isn’t slowing down any time soon, here is a brief summary of some of the statistics.

  • Monthly construction output increased by 0.4% in volume terms in August 2022, which is the second consecutive monthly growth following the upwardly revised increase to 0.1% in July 2022; August 2022 is the second highest monthly value in level terms (£15,011 million).
  • The increase in monthly construction output in August 2022 came solely from an increase in new work (1.9%), as repair and maintenance saw a decrease (2.0%) in the month.
  • At the sector level, the main contributors to the increase seen in August 2022 were infrastructure, private industrial and private housing new work, which increased by 5.3%, 4.3% and 1.7%, respectively. You can read the full statistics here.

The demand for construction is only increasing, on a private and industrial level. Whichever side you fall into, a Jersey Barrier Block may be an option to help keep your site secure. Let us tell you more about them.

What is a Jersey Barrier?

A Jersey Barrier (also known as a barrier block)  is a concrete block in the shape of a rectangle with its bottom end becoming much wider in order to aid its stability. One of the Jersey Barriers purpose is to create a barrier, the concrete ensures it can not be easily moved or knocked over.

Our heavy-duty Jersey Barriers blocks easily lock in to place next to one another making the creation of barriers simple. Whether it’s a barrier for a construction site or edge protection, Jersey barrier blocks are the solution.

Jersey Barriers hold many benefits, here are a few:

Jersey Barrier Blocks are cost-effective

The cost of manufacturing Jersey Barriers is very cost-effective and due to their interlocking system, our barriers can be easily picked up and used elsewhere saving money through repurposing.

Jersey Barrier Blocks provide security

Our Jersey Barriers are heavy-duty interlocking blocks that provide the ultimate anti-vehicle perimeter protection. They can also be used for site security, edge protection and temporary works.

They are easy to install

Due to the simple interlocking system our Jersey Barriers easily lock in to place next to one another making the creation of barriers a breeze.

They are longer lasting and more durable

All our concrete Jersey Barriers are made on-site using our own moulds. The concrete material we make them from is naturally durable & can last for a very long time. But are barrier blocks indestructible?

*Before investing in a Jersey Barrier it is always best to consult an expert whenever considering an investment to create a structure of any sort. That is why we at PPC Concrete products are proud to be a trusted supplier of interlocking blocks. Get in contact with us to get a quote as soon as possible.

Are Barrier blocks indestructible?

Understanding whether or not barrier blocks are indestructible is a valid concern to have for those who plan to use them for an extended period of time.

Barrier blocks, like any concrete creation, can be susceptible to damage. However, this damage must be severe and powerful, such as a heavy-duty vehicle crashing into them, or an earthquake. Mishandling in-transit can lead to breakage if the barrier is dropped from a height upon delivery.

Realistically, these are very unlikely scenarios to experience. A barrier block will not wear away in the same way wood would over an extended period of time, and heavy duty force is the only way to attempt to damage a barrier block.

In conclusion, barrier blocks are not indestructible. However the lengths that need to be taken in order to destroy them makes it extremely unlikely they will be destroyed whilst being used.

Alternative concrete options – Interlocking Concrete Blocks

You may have read this article and realised you want to have an understanding of the other concrete options we provide, below we will tell you about our interlocking concrete blocks.

As building regulations came into being in England, the requirement of having a fire proof dwelling was compulsory, this was achieved by subsequent houses being made of stone and brick.

Furthermore, with the necessity of time and cost-efficient building solutions being needed, as construction output in Great Britain has seen an increase, alternatives to traditional brick-and-mortar builds are required for those looking to save time and money.

Interlocking concrete blocks present a modern alternative.

Interlocking concrete blocks are a unique form of pre-cast concrete blocks that are designed to hold together by using pre-measured studs and recesses. Built with unique profiles and features, which allow them to fit perfectly into each other without the use of any mortar. Instead, the cementitious blocks simply snap together with each other.

The advantages of interlocking concrete blocks

  • Longer lasting and more durable than a Gabion basket
  • Quicker and less hassle to install
  • No need for mortar, saving you money and time
  • No need for steel reinforcement or shuttering
  • Resistant to extreme weather conditions
  • Fire resistant properties, mitigating the spread of fire depending on structure
  • Little maintenance required
  • Often, no foundation is needed before installing
  • Sound resistant
  • Sustainable
  • Ability to stack them upon each other
  • Flexibility in sizes
  • Appropriate for temporary and/or permanent buildings
  • Unlikely to be displaced due to the interlocking function
  • Can be moved with standard lifting equipment

What are interlocking concrete blocks used for?

As we at PPC Concrete products supply interlocking concrete blocks, we can share with you what they are used for.

  • Material Storage bays
  • Blast walls
  • Salt stores
  • Crash protection
  • Push walls
  • Security barriers
  • Segregation bays i.e recycling centres
  • Retaining walls
  • Industrial buildings
  • Fire breaks
  • Counterweights
  • Roadblocks

And much more.

How much do these concrete blocks cost?

It is hard to tell you the exact price another supplier will offer you, especially when each project is different. The number of blocks, as well as the size and additional material mixed with concrete (if that is offered) will fluctuate the prices amongst suppliers.

It is always good practice to get in touch with a supplier to obtain a quote for the work you are needing the blocks for, and understanding what services and options they offer.

For anybody wondering how much our blocks are, there is no set price for them because it will depend entirely on your project, preference, size, and quantity you need. Along with this, offloading and installation is available via a third party.  We strongly encourage you to contact us on our website to get your quote.

Order a barrier block today

As an established supplier all over the UK, PPC Concrete Products is always happy to help, which is why we encourage you to get in touch with any questions you may have or take a look at our FAQ.

In this article, we hope to have answered the question ‘Are barrier blocks indestructible?’ Whilst also providing extra information in regards to construction and the benefits of Jersey Barriers.

Take a read of our case studies to truly understand how we have provided solutions for business in the past with the use of our interlocking concrete blocks, and ultimately, how we can help you today.

Read our blog page for more insights into our passion, construction.


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