Masonry Block


The History of Concrete Block


While the composite material concrete has been used since ancient times, concrete block wasn’t widely used in America until the first half of the 20th century. There were three major occurrences that created the surge in concrete block popularity: materials, manufacturing and marketing.

  1. The Portland cement industry became fully established in the United States.
  2. Improvements were made to concrete block machinery that was first invented in 1900.
  3. The Winget Concrete Machine Co. promoted their concrete block making machine at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as The 1904 World’s Fair. This history making event ran from April 30th – December 1st where an estimated 20 million visitors, including President Theodore Roosevelt, visited exhibits spanning the 1,200+ acre fairgrounds that promoted the latest achievements in technology, fine arts and manufacturing, to name a few.

Winget Concrete Machine Co. constructed a building during the expo using their concrete block on the World’s Fairgrounds and invited all visitors to tour the building and see one of the concrete block making machines in operation. Concrete block construction took off from there and remains one of the top building materials used in American construction today.

Concrete block is our number one seller at Preach Building Supply. We can help you with all of your concrete block, retaining wall block and glass block needs. Call or stop by our Phoenix or Buckeye locations for more information.

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Preach Building Supply carries the tools and materials you need to complete your masonry projects.

Concrete Block

Concrete blocks are made from a mixture of cement, lightweight aggregates and water. They are an affordable building material that can be used for many construction projects and come in several standard sizes, the most common of which is called a concrete masonry unit (CMU).

A standard concrete block’s actual size is 7 5/8″ wide x 7 5/8″ tall x 15 5/8″ long. By using the standard 3/8″ masonry joint, it equates to an 8″ x 8″ x 16″ block when installed in a structure.

There are a number of benefits to building with concrete block including durability, fire resistance, weather resistance, termite resistance, sound proofing and low maintenance.


Standard Masonry Block

Concrete block has high R-values for energy efficiency and will provide versatility and aesthetic appeal to any project. There are many design options available by using different sizes and shapes of block. The benefits from the structural properties associated with traditional concrete masonry make it one of the top construction materials used today. Gray construction block is available in 1″, 2″, 4″, 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″ and 16″.

Construction Block

Available at these locations:
Phoenix 602-944-4594
Buckeye 623-853-8300


Splitface Block

Splitface units are molded with two units attached face to face, then mechanically split after curing to expose the natural beauty of aggregates. The block has a rough texture and provides the appearance of natural stone.

The aggregates used in the splitting process will give each block its own distinct look so no two units are exactly the same. The natural rustic texture of a splitface block is a durable, economical, and virtual maintenance free alternative to many facings or veneers on the market.

Available at these locations:
Phoenix 602-944-4594
Buckeye 623-853-8300


Interlocking Fence Block

Interlocking fence block is manufactured in a tongue and groove fashion that allows the block to interlock which eliminates the need for mortar at the vertical joints. This design allows for a quicker and easier installation process. In using a 4” wide interlocking fence block, a column block must be used for vertical reinforcement. The column block will give stability at specific intervals.

Interlocking fence block is available in two colors: Gray and Earth Tone Brown.

Available at these locations:
Phoenix 602-944-4594
Buckeye 623-853-8300


Slump Block

Slump block is a concrete block that is removed from the mold before it has had a chance to completely harden causing a slightly slumped appearance. Due to this unpredictable roll in texture, it takes on the appearance of hand made adobe.

This block became popular in the 70’s and 80’s mainly in the Southwest. Slump block maintains the same basic standard dimensions as regular block units.

We carry Slump Block in the four colors shown.

Available at these locations:
Phoenix 602-944-4594
Buckeye 623-853-8300

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls have been around for centuries. One of the oldest and largest retaining walls that is still standing today is the Great Wall of China.

Retaining walls are used mainly to hold soil back and to maintain the grade of a landscape. However, retaining walls can be added to flat surfaces for a multi-dimensional effect. With the variety of materials available, retaining walls can add beauty and functionality to enhance any landscape design.

Belgard

Belgard offers a beautiful selection of retaining wall blocks that are strong and durable, yet easy to install. Their retaining wall block can be used for both retaining walls and for freestanding features such as outdoor kitchens to compliment your landscape design.

The most popular Belgard retaining wall block we sell is Weston Stone®. Its natural stone appearance allows for a wide range of applications and design options. This double-sided wall is the ideal choice for garden walls, pillars, outdoor kitchens and planters.

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Belgard Retaining Wall Products

Available at these locations:
Phoenix 602-944-4594
Buckeye 623-853-8300

Weston Stone shown in Bella by Belgard

Weston Stone shown in Rio by Belgard


Phoenix Paver

Phoenix Paver offers their Mesa Wall Cement Block that can be used in many landscape project applications including retaining walls, square or round fire pits, outdoor kitchens and outdoor fireplaces.

Their distinctive concrete blocks use color blend mix technology to match-up their paver designs and provide lasting color throughout the blocks. Split-face texture and color blend options make Mesa Wall block a design favorite.

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Phoenix Paver Retaining Wall Products

Available at these locations:
Phoenix 602-944-4594
Buckeye 623-853-8300

Mesa Wall in Native by Phoenix Paver

Glass Block

Glass block offers a wide range of design versatility because it can be used in both interior and exterior applications. It can be used for exterior windows to allow natural light inside while providing privacy near front doors or in bathrooms. Glass block provides function as well as beauty with limitless design opportunities.

The insulation properties of the glass block windows are similar to high-end double-pane windows. An added advantage is the fact that these windows are as airtight as the wall surrounding them which can reduce heating and cooling costs significantly.

Glass Block

Seves Glass Block offers four extensive lines of glass block: Tailor Made, Design, Technology, and Basic designed to meet the diverse needs of architects, interior designers, and consumers. These four lines, categorized by design and functionality, underline the essential elements once valued in traditional European glass work and emphasize the specific, unique qualities of glass blocks.

We have limited glass block in stock but can order any quantity you need for your project.

Available at these locations:
Phoenix 602-944-4594
Buckeye 623-853-8300