Pros and Cons of Interlocking Concrete Blocks

How Heavy are Interlocking Concrete Blocks?

Interlocking concrete blocks have become a popular, efficient and beneficial solution to building needs. Available to facilitate the creation of various structures, its easy application makes it a widely sought-after component of any build.

In this article, we at PPC Concrete Products, will be answering the question ‘How heavy are interlocking concrete blocks?’

Explaining interlocking concrete blocks

Bricklaying has existed since 7000 BC, helping to create structures of any variety, as time has gone on, new innovations in building and construction have meant there are far more convenient options available to make the structure you need. One of which is an interlocking concrete block.

With the necessity of time and cost-efficient building solutions being needed, as construction output in Great Britain has seen an increase, interlocking concrete blocks are a great solution for your construction needs.

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.

This traditional way of building has now been made even more easy, more efficient and safe because of interlocking concrete blocks.

Interlocking Concrete Blocks are a multi-purpose, reliable and efficient addition to anyone within construction. Whether it’s a private landowner or an architect, interlocking concrete blocks can prove to be a vital addition to any building. But what are interlocking blocks?

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.

Interlocking Concrete Blocks are made to be used as part of the building process since they’re affordable. It can be used as a temporary or permanent feature, this is why many home remodelling projects employ interlocking blocks as a building material. Additionally, there are many benefits when using this type of concrete construction material.

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How heavy are interlocking concrete blocks?

Is it better to use blocks that need mortar?

This will vary from size to size, and from the concrete being used. But as an example, an 1800 x 600 x 600 concrete  block can weigh as little as 1380KG, this can fluctuate as different types of concretes have different levels of density.

Although it is almost impossible to move these without heavy machinery, the weight of these blocks serves to reassure you of their stability.

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. After drying, the cast is then removed and the blocks are transported to their destination.

Our team over at PPC Concrete Products supplies interlocking concrete blocks. Though we have a variety of options when it comes to the interlocking concrete blocks that we make. 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. Alongside this healthy selection of sizes, we offer the option for your block to be:

  • Standard Blocks
  • Flat Top Standard Blocks
  • Rock Face Block
  • Rock Face Flat Top Block

What are the benefits of interlocking concrete blocks?

Interlocking Concrete Blocks are a quick and easy way of having the benefits of the cast in situ concrete structures without having to go through the hassle and expense of foundations, steel reinforcing and shuttering.

Alternatively, they can be a replacement for Gabion Baskets as they are far more cost-effective, quicker and easier to install as well as long-lasting/more durable. They offer their user the ability to create structures in a time-efficient and convenient manner.

Interlocking concrete wall blocks also have excellent freeze-thaw resistance, so they won’t be damaged in extreme weather conditions. As they require very little maintenance, they are particularly useful for creating covered storage bays to protect agricultural equipment and supplies from the elements.

Installing an interlocking concrete block wall segregates larger spaces into smaller, safer zones meaning that fire protection is increased by creating a containment area or fire break in a building.

The thickness, strength and composition of interlocking concrete blocks also give them excellent fire resistance properties, helping to stop a fire from spreading.

Let us quickly summarize the benefits 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
  • 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

Alongside these benefits of interlocking concrete blocks, they can be used to create:

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

And much more.

interlocking concrete blocks vs bricks

Although traditional brickwork has its own set list of pros and cons, it’s important to understand the sheer variety afforded by interlocking concrete blocks. Whether you want a wall or a storage space, a barrier and so much more, the medley of options available can facilitate almost any structure.

Additionally, the size options we have for our blocks mean that you can get more work done, with fewer blocks rather than using more bricks, more time, more manpower and more mortar in order to do what just a few interlocking concrete blocks can do.

What are Jersey Barrier Blocks?

Our heavy-duty Jersey Barriers interlocking blocks easily lock in to place next to one another making the creation of barriers a breeze. Whether it’s a barrier for a construction site, or for separating lanes on the road, Jersey barrier blocks are the solution.

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.

Ultimate Security

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

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.

Longer lasting more durable

All our concrete Jersey Barriers are made on-site using our own moulds from locally sourced raw materials. Our Barriers go through rigorous testing and have to pass the strictest of quality control procedures.

Installing interlocking concrete blocks

Laying interlocking concrete blocks depending on their size, weight and quantity would require the use of a telehandler or other machine capable of lifting and placing concrete blocks.

The process of laying them depends entirely on the reason for their usage, if serving as a temporary partition, the floor may not need to be treated before placement. However, if it’s for the extension of a home, for example, foundations need to be set and flat.

However, generally, floors do not have to be treated before laying an interlocking concrete block. It just depends on the structure that is being made and whether it is temporary or permanent.

After the lowest blocks are placed, the blocks placed on top ‘click’ into place via the pre-cast recesses and studs at the bottom and top of the block respectively. This process is repeated until the desired structure is created.

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In this article, we hope to have answered the question ‘How heavy are interlocking concrete blocks?’ Whilst also providing extra information in regards to construction and the benefits of interlocking concrete blocks.

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.

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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