A concrete block wall must be built correctly to support the structure that it is designed to hold up. If the wall is built incorrectly or with improper materials, the results can be very costly. Concrete block walls are strong, easily built and with the right sealer, completely waterproof. More importantly, they are an excellent choice as a wall for your home or business.
Here are a few things to consider when deciding to build your own concrete block wall and what materials and tools you will need:
• Do you have the right blocks for the job at hand?
• Do you have the right footing for your concrete block wall?
• Did you correctly estimate the amount of blocks and mortar required?
• Is your site prepared before laying the concrete blocks?
• Are you ready to start laying the concrete blocks?
Once these considerations can be answered you can begin to build your concrete block wall. One very important characteristic that can be attained with proper construction is strength. Strength is a very important aspect when building a concrete block wall because, in most cases, concrete block walls are load-bearing walls. These concrete block walls are frequently known as retaining as well.
The most important structural element of your home is the concrete block foundation wall. They must be strong and properly supported before you place large amounts of weight on, or soil against them. With out proper structural support, backfill soil can rapidly break or push in a concrete block wall.
Concrete block walls need to be able to withstand enormous amounts of tension. This is where the “rebar” comes in to use. The use of reinforced steel bars and mortar to strengthen the foundation walls, concrete block walls become a strong reliable choice when building a house.
When concrete blocks are properly filled with mortar and rebar at time of construction it provides a great insulation barrier to outside elements. Also, the width and depth of this wall is great for dampening sound coming from inside or outside the wall.
Benefits of using concrete block walls:
• Ability to do it yourself
• Doesn’t require heavy machinery or pour machines
• Stronger then poured concrete
• Concrete blocks are pre-made, giving you high quality concrete.
In the end there is a lot to consider when building your concrete block wall project. Having the ability to build a concrete block wall or concrete block foundation yourself is definitely a benefit. The result is a direct financial savings, as you don’t need a contractor. However, to be completely waterproof you need to use a high quality waterproof sealer. It is also recommended to use an extra layer of insulation on the outer portion of the concrete block foundation to increase the insulation for your wall