The variety of commercially available concrete blocks is extensive, from dense through to lightweight, offering a range of load-bearing strength, sound and thermal insulation properties. Where visual blockwork is required, either internally or externally, fairfaced blocks offer a selection of textures and colours at a different visual scale compared to that associated with traditional brickwork. Externally, visual concrete blockwork weathers well, providing adequate attention is given to the quality of the material and rainwater run-off detailing. Blockwork has considerable economic advantages over brickwork in respect of speed of construction, particularly as the lightweight blocks can be lifted in one hand.
Whilst clay blocks are used extensively for masonry construction on the continent of Europe, until recently there had been little demand from the building industry within the UK. However, both fired and un-fired clay blocks are now commercially available within the UK. The use of clay blocks for floor construction has been superseded by the use of reinforced concrete inverted T-beams with concrete infill blocks.
Concrete paving blocks, which offer opportunities for creative hard landscaping with their diversity of form and colour, are widely used for town pedestrian precincts and individual house driveways. Concrete interlocking blocks with planting are used to create environmental walls.
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