Set Safe and Correctly Concrete Block Work Albuquerque Knows and Trusts
A lot more goes into a concrete block wall, fence, divider, or structure than stacking up the block. Concrete blocks, also known as cinder, breeze, clinker, construction, and hollow block depending on the part of the country you’re from, are Portland cement, water and an aggregate – often fly ash or cinder, or recycled materials. These low-density blocks differ from sand and fine gravel high-density blocks not only in weight, but tensile strength. Did you know each “cone” or hollow in a concrete block is tapered? The narrow end goes up, to provide more surface area for the mortar. Hollows in blocks lighten the load and allow insulation as well as an air dam. Those hollows are also used for steel rod reinforcement of the block to improve strength of a wall. A lot of knowledge goes into building a concrete block wall that is safe, stays in place, does not crack, settle, or shift, and most of all, does not fall. Leave block work to a concrete pro, Concrete Contractors Albuquerque. We give free quotes and fast service, and can have your block up in no time.
Concrete block Albuquerque uses extensively because it is a durable and cost effective building material, especially for walls and fences. It is important to reinforce it and stagger it for the correct build, though, so the block increases tensile strength over a span. Block must be able to safely tolerate wind loads, seismic activity, and vibration from streets, railroad tracks, building vibration and Uncle Vinny’s headers without cracking the grout lines. Once installed correctly, block can be stained, painted, covered with an exterior cladding, or stucco applied to nice effect. There are even blocks now made to resemble brick and or with quarried stone facings, a look that is far less cost for materials and much faster and less expensive to build. Concrete Contractors Albuquerque can give you ideas for Albuquerque concrete block applications, and do the work safely and efficiently to get your concrete block up and ready for the next step of your project.
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