Interlocking concrete blocks are a trusted building resource that can make almost any project a lot easier, but how much are interlocking concrete blocks?
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.
The basics of interlocking concrete blocks
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.
How much are interlocking concrete blocks?
The cost of our interlocking concrete blocks depends on the project at hand, we feel our prices should be fair to everyone, so we ensure our services are decided on an individual basis, Simply get in touch with us, or visit our website in order to request a quote.
Is it cheaper to use interlocking concrete blocks?
This again is dependent on the project at hand. But in examples such as a retaining wall, using interlocking concrete blocks would result in using less than you would if bricks were your material. This may result in you paying less for the blocks, as opposed to paying for the bricks, their binding, transport and labour.
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.
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 deteriorate 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 interlocking concrete blocks hold water?
Firstly, we must address our definition of ‘holding water’. For us, holding water means absorbing water.
With this understanding, we can say that our interlocking concrete blocks do not hold water. To an extent. To clarify, our blocks do absorb a nominal amount of moisture, concrete is not porous by nature, which means water has difficulty penetrating it deeply.
So what will this result in? It means that a vast majority of water that falls upon a concrete block will pool across the top as much as it can until it pours over the edges. This is why concrete structures made with interlocking concrete blocks require some drainage.
Does rain affect interlocking concrete blocks?
No, interlocking concrete blocks are weather resistant, this means rain isn’t going to affect the blocks to a degree where it affects their usability.
Why doesn’t water penetrate concrete?
The molecular structure of concrete is much tighter, and the binding agents used in creating concrete ensure this refined level of molecular fortitude. This is reinforced by the natural curing process that further strengthens the concrete block.
Using a material that is affected negatively by water will result in your structure being compromised, or becoming weaker over time, if water makes this particular material gain weight to a large degree, then it could be dangerous for the structure’s stability. This is why interlocking concrete blocks are one of the best options.
Purchase interlocking concrete blocks today
In this article, we hope to have answered the question ‘How do you interlock concrete blocks?’, 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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