The Pros and Cons of Concrete Block Homes

A concrete block home is exactly what it sounds like: a house built with concrete blocks. In the construction industry, it’s known as a concrete masonry unit (CMU). If you’re thinking about building a home using concrete blocks, make sure you understand both the pros and cons of using this type of material for your foundation. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our comprehensive pros and cons list below.

Pros

There are a lot of pros to building a home out of concrete blocks. The most obvious benefit is that they are much stronger than homes built with poured concrete or wood. Since there are holes in the blocks, you can fill them with a reinforcing material and their strength can withstand winds over 200mph. This is great for people who live in areas that are prone to tornados, hurricanes, or overly strong winds.

Concrete block homes are also immune to fires. Concrete isn’t flammable, which means that if a large fire occurs, you’re home will likely still be standing. These blocks can withstand extreme temperatures, both hot and cold. This is in opposition to poured concrete, which often cracks and crumbles over time in harsh conditions.

If constructed properly, with well-insulated windows and doors, concrete block homes are almost entirely soundproof. This is great if you live in a city, busy neighborhood, or simply enjoy your privacy. In addition to keeping the sound in, concrete block homes help keep your home’s internal temperature constant. If you’re looking for a building material that will boost the energy efficiency of your home, concrete blocks are for you. Higher energy efficiency in your home means lower gas and electric bills. Finally, concrete block homes are almost completely unaffected by common pests and insects like termites.

While a lot of people may say that concrete blocks aren’t very aesthetically pleasing, there are actually a ton of different types of facings you can get. It works by adhering your desired material/look to the face of the concrete blocks with stucco. Regardless of the type of look you want for your home, you’ll be able to achieve it.

Cons

While there are a lot of pros to concrete block homes, there are still some cons that you’ll want to know about before making your final decision. For starters, concrete block homes must be built 100% correctly from start to finish in order to make sure the foundation of your home maintains its integrity. If not, you could find yourself in expensive situations. This is especially true if you live in an area that has a high water table. Water damage is much more common in concrete block homes so make sure that if you’re in this type of area, you include an array of waterproof materials to combat any potential water damage. You’ll also need to ensure that your home has an adequate draining system, just in case.

It can also be expensive if you need to have electricians and plumbers fix any problems that may happen later on. Concrete block is much harder to cut through, but it may need to be done in order to tackle problems down the line. You should have your masonry address this during the initial build, if not, it will be much more expensive later on. Concrete block is also much more expensive to use to build your home, especially in comparison to wood framing and drywall. In fact, it can be as much as 3x as expensive to use concrete blocks.

Finally, if you don’t find the right masonry, you could end up with an extremely
industrial looking home. It’s essential that your builder tap into their creativity
when designing your concrete block home in order to combat the industrial look. If
they don’t, your home may turn out to look like a commercial warehouse. Make sure
you know exactly what you want and you find masonry, like Chicago Tuckpointing
Inc., that can turn your dreams into a reality.

At the end of the day, the decision is yours. Everyone has different needs and if you
think that a concrete block home is the right choice for you, don't hesitate to get
started. Contact the professionals at Chicago Tuckpointing Inc. today and see how
we can help you build the concrete block home of your dreams. Our professionals
are fully trained and have years of experience in masonry and brickwork. At Chicago
Tuckpointing Inc., you can rest easy knowing that you’re in good hands. Call us
today at 708-942-1951 to schedule a consultation. You can also find us at
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