Concrete blocks also referred to as concrete masonry units (CMUs) or cinder blocks are rectangular-shaped blocks used within the construction of walls as a primary building material. Concrete blocks protect the interiors of a structure against noise pollution, provide better thermal insulation, gives added protection against fire, and cuts down on plaster usage as an economically viable alternative to conventional bricks.
The difference between a concrete block and a brick is that a brick is a solid or hollow manufactured masonry unit made of concrete, clay, or stone, comparable to a concrete block that comes in hollow or solid formats but is exponentially larger, made of concrete, and are used mainly in load-bearing walls where strength is key. Construction with a concrete block is more systematic, faster, and stronger, as compared to brick masonry due to the large size of blocks. Individual concrete block units can be made to larger custom sizes and shapes, ensuring a quick turnaround in the construction cycle, with fewer joints mortar consumption rate reduces, as compared to standard masonry construction, enhancing the overall strength of the building.
Concrete blocks are ideal for mass housing and various civil engineering projects, some of the few applications where concrete blocks excel are outdoor seating, decorative screens, flower beds, many outdoor furniture and patio designs, the formation of material bins, building walls. The basic material needed for concrete blocks is cement and cement dye, aggregate, water, and additives or admixtures.
For structural and safety reasons, it is very important to choose the correct concrete block product for your end-use. Whether you’re looking for lightweight blocks, coursing blocks, aerated concrete blocks, dense concrete blocks, concrete trench blocks, hollow concrete blocks, or breezeblocks, you’ll find that we offer a block to meet your specification. Our leading manufacturers and suppliers hold a wide range of concrete blocks, including Tarmac, Thermalite, and Forterra ensuring high-quality products at competitive prices.
If you cannot find the item you require, please contact your local branch team, whose details can be found using our branch locator. If you are unsure of which product would be best and would like to discuss your project further, you can also book an appointment with one of your local experts.