Interlocking concrete blocks are a trusted and widely used building resource that expedites some building processes with even more reliable results in some cases. But do interlocking concrete blocks deteriorate?
PPC Concrete Products is here to provide the answers you may be looking for whilst giving you an insight into the quality concrete options we supply. Our supplies are fit for purpose and generally provide no issues with building regulations, not to mention being safe to use for a variety of construction needs.
The demand for construction is only increasing, on a private and industrial level. Whichever side you fall into, An interlocking concrete block may be an option to help keep your site secure regardless of its shape.
Let us tell you more about the uses and benefits of interlocking concrete blocks below.
Interlocking concrete blocks explained
As building regulations came into being in England, the requirement of having fireproof dwellings was compulsory, this was achieved by subsequent houses being made of stone and brick. 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. These concrete blocks are built with unique profiles and features, which allow them to fit perfectly into each other.
What are 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 the structure
- Little maintenance required
- Often, no foundation is needed before installing
- Sound resistant
- 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
Disadvantages of using interlocking concrete blocks
- Can’t be moved without machinery
- Can topple over if not placed on level ground
What are interlocking concrete blocks 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
Contact us for more information on our interlocking concrete blocks.
Do interlocking concrete blocks require binding?
No, interlocking concrete blocks bypass the need for binding elements like cement. As the name suggests, the ‘interlocking’ part refers to the ability of these blocks to create a secure connection between each other through studs and recesses.
This means, that in instances where you want to build a wall with interlocking concrete blocks, all you need to do is stack them, making sure the studs on top of the base block have connected with the recesses on the block above it and so forth.
In the long term, using interlocking concrete blocks can save money that would otherwise be spent on cement, and time that would otherwise be spent on applying the cement and waiting for it to dry properly before proceeding.
What if I use cement on interlocking concrete blocks?
If you use cement on interlocking concrete blocks, you would basically just be wasting money on buying and applying the cement! You don’t need it. Interlocking concrete blocks have an interlocking feature which bypasses the need for cement.
This would be especially pointless on a temporary structure, as the cement would have binded the blocks to a point where removing the interlocked areas would be difficult and potentially dangerous.
Do interlocking concrete blocks deteriorate?
Like with any building material, over an extended period of time, they will deteriorate in one way or another, the same can be said for interlocking concrete blocks, depending on where the environment they are in.
Interlocking concrete blocks only detriorte when they are frequently subject to forceful impacts over a period of time, otherwise, they are weatherproof and durable.
You can tell if a interlocking concrete block is deteriorating when a large part of its mass is loose, or crumbling away, if this happens on a smaller scale around the edges of the blocks, this is nothing to worry about as it is general wear and tear, and should not alter the effectiveness of the blocks.
How much do interlocking concrete blocks weigh?
In regard to the weight of the blocks, it will vary from size to size, and from the concrete being used. But as an example, 1800 x 600 x 600 concrete block can weigh 1560 kg, this can fluctuate as different types of concrete have different levels of density.
Will a lighter block deteriorate faster?
This is again subject to its environment, but no. If the blocks are in a stable environment where they are not subject to heavy impact, or freak weather occurrences, then they will not deteriorate at a greater rate, even if they are lighter.
Interlocking concrete block cost
If you are considering the cost of our interlocking concrete blocks, we strongly encourage you to get in touch with us. Having a solid idea of what you intend to use the blocks for, including the space they’re going into, and how much you need will make it easier for us to give you a quote.
However, if you’re still deciding whether or not to use our blocks, and would like specific questions to be answered in relation to your project, we are happy to provide all the information you need once you get in contact.
Interlocking concrete block sizes and styles
The way our blocks are made is by having a casting of the dimensions mentioned below and depending on the option chosen, the cast is then filled with concrete. Each block has a Lifting pin anchor system embedded in the concrete at the point of casting – this is how the blocks are moved once the concrete is set.
After setting, the cast is then removed and the blocks are transported to their destination.
we offer the option for your block to be:
- Standard Blocks
- Flat Top Standard Blocks
- Rock Face Block
- Rock Face Flat Top Block
To view what these options look like, take a look at our gallery.
Here are our size options:
- 300 x 600 x 600
- 600 x 600 x 600
- 900 x 600 x 600
- 1200 x 600 x 600
- 1500 x 600 x 600
- 1800 x 600 x 600
- 400 x 800 x 800
- 800 x 800 x 800
- 1200 x 800 x 800
- 1600 x 800 x 800
Half and thirds of the sizes displayed are also offered with your order if needed.
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In this article, we hope to have answered the question ‘Do interlocking concrete blocks deteriorate?’, whilst also providing extra information in regard to construction solutions that we offer.
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.
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