How to Build a Wall From Concrete Blocks

How to Build a Wall From Concrete Blocks

When it comes to building certain walls, concrete blocks present an ideal solution. But is it easily to build with them? Considering their weight, you may believe it can be an exhaustive process, but depending on the type of concrete block you use, the ease may surprise you.

In this blog, we will address the key facts in how to build a wall from concrete blocks

At PPC Concrete Products, we are here to provide solutions for your construction needs, from the person working their own part-time project, to commercial clients, and everyone in-between.

Monthly construction output had risen an estimated by an 1.6% value in June 2023, and we would like to think our accessible concrete products had a small part to play by giving our clients easy access to reliable and easy-to-use construction solutions.

What kind of wall can concrete blocks make?

Concrete blocks are known to be helpful in the construction of many kinds of structures, one being a retaining wall.

A retaining wall is an essential structure that can optimise space within an outdoor area. Whether the wall needs to be tall, or small, retaining walls get the job done. Retaining walls can be built on almost any natural ground. Whether that is in a garden, a park, or by a public footpath or road.

Retaining walls should not be underestimated as a simple aesthetic feature. It can also be an essential safety inclusion for more natural beauty spots that are frequented. If there is a hill at risk of landslides, then a retaining wall being placed in that area could prove to possibly be a life-saving feature.

Practical benefits of a retaining wall also include…

  • Prevent soil from collapsing or eroding.
  • Provide protection for a building (e.g. if a house is located on a higher platform, and it is in danger of collapsing after a flood or earthquake.
  • Offer protection for your natural vegetation.
  • Improve the appearance of your garden landscape, which therefore boosts the value of your property.
  • Help create a seating area in your garden, which will be comfortable and relaxing.
  • Allows you to put raised planters on top of the retaining wall, which adds beauty and colour to your garden.
  • Help reduce run-off of water after storms.
  • Eliminate piles of dirt, debris, or sand, which look unsightly.
  • Help divert rainwater, which can be utilised in your home or garden.
  • Prevent sinkholes, which will damage your landscape structure.
  • Be used for flood control- as you can incorporate drainage pipes into the wall, for drainage and water control.

Is concrete a good material for a retaining wall?

Yes, concrete is definitely a good material to use for a retaining wall. Concrete comes with a host of traits that compliments its ability to be used for a retaining wall, these traits are…

  • Durable, can withstand moderate and some heavy impacts.
  • Naturally heavy, making it hard to move due to the soil behind it.
  • Weatherproof
  • Fireproof
  • Depending on the kind of concrete block you use, you may not need to use any binding materials.
  • Can cover more distance with fewer blocks, subject to the size.

How to build a wall from concrete blocks

How to build a wall from concrete blocks

When it comes to building a simple wall, there’s a certain kind of concrete block that proves to be the most simple and effective solution, the Interlocking Concrete Block. Interlocking Concrete Blocks are concrete blocks that have the ability to be ‘attached’ when stacked upon each other.

This is accomplished by the built-in features of recesses at the bottom of the block, and the studs at the top of the block. When stacked correctly, these components meet and provide a sturdy and lasting hold.

As a result, Interlocking Concrete Blocks do not require cement to bind the blocks together. Once attached, it is almost impossible to dislodge the blocks without mechanical assistance. This guarantees a level of hold relative to using cement itself, without needing it at all.

How high can I build a wall with concrete blocks?

Our interlocking concrete blocks have the potential to have 5 blocks stacked upon each other. Our standard-sized blocks are 60 cm in height, with 5 stacked together this would equate to 300 cm, which is exactly 9 feet (2.74 m) & 10.11 inches (25.68 cm) high. This height is more than enough for applications such as a retaining wall and so much more.

Is it better to use bricks or concrete blocks for a retaining wall?

Is it better to use bricks or concrete blocks for a retaining wall?

In our opinion, our Interlocking Concrete Blocks are far more optimised to creating a retaining wall, rather than using bricks and cement. There are 3 key points that show how our concrete blocks are the superior option, which we will share below.

No need for mortar

As the name suggests, our Interlocking Concrete Blocks contain a key feature that allows them to attach to each other without the need for cement to bind them together. As opposed to bricks that have to be manually bound.

Our blocks interlock simply by aligning the studs at the top of the block, with the recesses on the bottom of the block stacked onto it.

Heavyweight

The stability and strength of a bricked retaining wall is dependent on the foundations below it, its thickness and structural integrity. Although bricks aren’t lightweight by any means, they are nowhere near the weight of our interlocking concrete blocks.

The increase in weight means that our blocks have a lower centre of gravity, which is only expounded and spread once the blocks are interlocked. This results in a wall that is hard to topple over.

Quick and painless

Simply put, if you have the right amount of help and equipment, installing interlocking concrete blocks can be quicker than setting up a brick retaining wall from scratch. Factors like waiting for the cement to dry are out of the equation with our concrete blocks.

How much do interlocking concrete blocks cost?

How much do interlocking concrete blocks cost?

If you are considering the cost of our interlocking concrete blocks, we encourage you to get in touch. 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.

Understandably, the cost will be dependent on the amount required, and the sizes of the individual blocks you require.

However, if you’re still deciding whether 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.

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 × 600 × 600 concrete block can weigh 1560 kg, this can fluctuate as different types of concrete have different levels of density.

Buy concrete blocks 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 have a look at our FAQ.

In this blog, we hope to have provided key information on how to build a wall from concrete blocks, whilst also providing additional information including 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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