They're a favorite building material of architects and structural engineers for a number of important properties.
The primary structural property is compressive strength. In many cases, steel reinforced CMU construction may provide the most economical way to meet certain requirements of building codes or the specialized needs of a client.
Utilizing concrete blocks in any building design can significantly increase its fire code rating. The fire rating of concrete blocks vary by unit type, and we can provide blocks with two-hour or four-hour fire rating if needed.
CMU walls are easily insulated with a variety of products. Insulation can be placed on the inside, outside, or in the ungrouted cores of hollow units.
Concrete blocks are also an effective noise control material. Exterior walls reflect outdoor sounds away while interior walls help to block sound between rooms.
All Antique Brick and Block Inc. structural block products meet the requirements of ASTM-C90.