Masonry units have proven to be a desirable material due to their versatility, economics, energy efficiency and fire/wind resistance. Noted for low maintenance and durability, concrete masonry units are sensible commercial building material for schools, institutions, public facilities and more. Not only are these units a safe option for commercial applications, masonry homes are beneficial as well. Concrete Masonry Unit homes prove to be beautiful, fire resistant, sound proof, energy efficient and resistant to damage from pests and nature.
Advantages in Commercial Building:
With endless shapes, sizes, colors and textures available, concrete block is one of the most versatile building materials there is. It can be used as a veneer or as a single-width wall system. Due to the many available sizes of modular concrete block almost any design may be achieved, including curved and radius walls. Whether your project is residential, commercial, governmental or institutional, concrete masonry units offer endless design possibilities.
Concrete block offers tremendous thermal properties with its high density and great mass. It absorbs heat more slowly and retains it longer than most other building materials. By taking advantage of this thermal mass, structures made of concrete block are more energy efficient than those built with other materials.
Concrete block is a noncombustible building material. Concrete block wall assemblies have a much better fire rating than other building materials and greatly slow the spread of fire. Losses due to fire damage in structures built with concrete block are far less than in those built with other building materials. Concrete block also easily meets code requirements for fire resistive construction
Concrete block absorbs sound better than most building materials due to its mass and density. In structures where there are many people living close to one another, such as apartments and track housing, concrete block is an ideal choice to minimize sound transmission.
Wind and Earthquake Resistance
Structures built with reinforced concrete block have proven their effectiveness at resisting earthquakes and high winds. While other building systems fail at high wind levels, reinforced concrete block structures are still left standing
Concrete block structures are virtually maintenance free and extremely durable. While other building materials need to be maintained as they fade and peel with time, concrete block maintains its color and texture throughout its life with very little maintenance.
When total building costs are compared using various construction systems, concrete block structures often cost lower than others in initial costs. When you take into account the lower life-cycle costs associated with concrete block construction, it is very cost-effective to design and build with a concrete unit masonry system.
With a multitude of textures, rich colors and available in the many different shapes and sizes of concrete block, the only limit to its possibilities is the designers imagination. Various finishes and textures are available also in concrete block.
Advantages in Concrete Masonry Homes:
Concrete Masonry is a non-combustible material.
Exterior walls and the foundation system are bound together as one solid unit with concrete and reinforcing steel.
There is simply no wood to eat. Therefore, no expensive and ongoing termite protection measures are required.
Protection from Rotting
Again, there is no wood, so no worry about decay.
In addition, the sheer mass and weight of concrete masonry walls provide excellent resistance to sound transmission. With our ever busier and stressful lives, we look to our homes for comfort, calm and rest- a place to return to at the end of the day.
With masonry construction, homeowners never have to sacrifice beauty for strength. Masonry block is available in many shapes and colors to achieve the desired function and appearance with a wide variety of exterior surfaces such as:
- Real Stucco: Portland plaster applied directly to the concrete masonry without the fear of substrate deterioration.
- Split Face Half High: Split or stucco look in the scale of brick
- Architectural Masonry: Split Face, Textured Face or Ground Face
- Natural or Manufactured Stone
- Brick Veneer
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What Our Customers Say
For over 30 years Chandler Concrete has been a dedicated partner of ours for masonry and hardscape products. They have a diverse inventory and consistently provide us with quality products and customer service. They have directly contributed to the success of our company and we look forward to a long relationship with them for the future.Donald Clayton, Talbert Building Supply