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Structural Variations- The Three Types Of Cinder Blocks

Jul 14th 2015 at 12:49 AM

The three primary types of cinder blocks are precision, split face, and slump stone. Before getting to work on your next project, make sure you know what type will best suit your building needs.

While there are many varieties of masonry blocks on the market, it is important to know what purpose each serves in order to best fit the needs of a particular project. Whether you are building a wall or the exterior of a home, there are three types that are essential to construction. The main factor in picking one lies with your construction needs.

Perhaps the most common type of cinder block, precision units are square around the edges and smooth in texture. Like all concrete units, they are hollow in the middle to reduce their weight and insulate heat and sound. While they are typically used for walls, structures such as storage sheds can also be made using precision units. One possible drawback of this variety is its utilitarian appearance; fortunately, what it lacks in style is more than made up for by the other blocks.

Split face blocks are a more stylish alternative to other masonry units, primarily due to the texture on one or both sides. Unlike precision blocks, these are split lengthwise or crosswise and aged to have a more rough-hewn textural variation. Other than their obviously unique appearance, they do not require a finish or coating; the decoration comes with the unit upon purchase. A significant disadvantage of using them on a residential project is the high cost of the units; because of this, they are most commonly seen on commercial buildings. They are also susceptible to wear overtime due to cold and freezing weather, as well as water penetration.

Slump stone blocks are removed from their concrete mold before they have the opportunity to set, giving them a slumped appearance. Aesthetically, these masonry blocks emulate the look of adobe and give homes and buildings a nostalgic look. However, if you don’t want what you are building to have a Southwest-style appearance, it may be best to look elsewhere. Since it retains the same dimensions as a precision masonry block, you are free to choose between one and the other depending on your preference.

Narrowing down the search for the perfect cinder block can be a streamlined process so long as you know what options you have. With the three common masonry units and the ambition to execute your project, you will be able to find the perfect blocks with ease. For more in-depth information on cinder blocks in Scotts Valley, visit this website.

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Barry blogs frequently on all things home improvement and landscaping. He is always looking for new and creative ways to improve his house and home. You can find his thoughts at:

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