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Should you use Concrete Blocks to Build a House?

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There are many reasons why you should use concrete blocks for your house build; they have been used as a prime building material for well over a century and are most commonly used for home construction. There are, however a number of considerations that you should be made aware of before you invest in such a strong and resilient material. As expert concrete contractors, we believe we are well equipped to provide you with a guide as to why you should use concrete blocks to build your property.

Read on to learn more about the advantages and considerations of constructing with concrete blocks and how Wright Minimix can help.

What are concrete blocks?

Traditionally, a concrete block is made of pure concrete, aggregated from crushed stone and sand. Nowadays, concrete blocks can contain steel, wood or mixed cement to improve its structural integrity.

Advantages of using concrete blocks for your house build

Strength

Naturally and structurally strong and rigid, concrete blocks are perfect for your house build’s foundation and dividing walls as well as the basement construction.

Resilience

The strength characteristics are perfect for locations that are prone to gales. The concrete blocks add strength and resiliency to the walls to help block the wind from entering the build.

Better serves wet places

Whilst some believe wood is suited for houses in wet places, they are liable to insect attacks. Instead of wood, using certain concrete blocks like hollow concrete blocks or paving blocks are ideal for preventing any mildew or rot.

Eco-friendly and healthy

Concrete blocks are formed from recycled materials promoting eco-friendliness, and when combined with good quality paint can not only look great but be healthier for you in the long run (versus chemical-filled paint which can adversely affect your respiratory system).

Considerations of using concrete blocks for your house build

Affordability

You should consider your budget when looking to invest in concrete blocks, as they can be more costly than other building materials. However, with all the benefits associated with using concrete blocks, they should provide a worthwhile investment in the long run.

Design

Some regard concrete blocks as dull due to their plainness and greyness. It’s for this reason why we would suggest consulting with the relevant interior and exterior designers to best assess how you can add elegant colours or a styled exterior to best enhance the look and feel of the house.

Usually hard to find an experienced contractor

Top quality, experienced concrete block suppliers are typically hard to come by – but with Wright Minimix, rest assured you’ll be in safe hands. We are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of concrete block suppliers in the UK and are heavily proficient in offering a fully comprehensive service for your house build.

Wright Minimix are top quality concrete block suppliers in the UK

Wright Minimix have built our reputation on excellence, providing an impeccable service in supplying top quality concrete blocks, ready mixed concrete and liquid screed across the South West of England and South Wales. We have a highly experienced team of concrete contractors who have a wealth of knowledge and pride themselves on giving expert support and guidance across the commercial and residential sectors.

To learn how we can provide concrete to support your construction project, get in touch via our website or give us a call on 01179 582090.