Innovations in Concrete Block Foundations

Innovations in Concrete Block Foundations
As seen in Successful Builder Magazine.

A foundation that stands the test of time has true merit when you consider the performance requirements it achieves. After 100 years concrete block is still the foundation of choice by builders, architects, masons, carpenters and homeowners because of its proven dependability.

Concrete block is durable and provides strength. Built correctly, a block basement is the strongest foundation a building can stand on. A single unit can support 60 tons. It’s also widely used for its thermal performance, fire resistance and design flexibility. And compared to its counterparts, block is an economical foundation. With more home designs incorporating custom features like bays or off-set walls, concrete block provides the flexibility at a lower cost. Block is easily cut to create the custom angles requested by modern homeowners

Because concrete block absorbs sound and is available in different textured wall patterns, these basements make comfortable added living spaces. With the variety of block face textures and colors available today, additional wall coverings are unnecessary

The professionals like to use block because it’s predictable. They know that changes can be made at any time without production delays. If there’s a foundation problem, the masons can be called back to easily replace the damaged block

Concrete block gives builders control over their projects and spares them of potential hassles. Block, for example, produces a consistently square, level foundation which allows the builder to produce a stable structure

One of the most important reasons we find building professionals prefer block foundations is thermal performance. By design, concrete block is warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and drier from season to season. It will not sweat because it breathes. In our automated plants we manufacture concrete block that’s scientifically engineered with hollow cores. A lot of concrete companies in Sacramento seem to be doing this as of lately.  This unique feature makes them exceptionally energy efficient and able to achieve higher R-values that can be increased by applying insulation inside and outside the wall

The strength of concrete block isn’t affected by weather conditions because it’s created in a controlled environment. Factory curing temperatures and humidity are maintained at the levels necessary to consistently form a high quality product. An average of over 30 days of yard curing occurs before we deliver our block to a job site. With a dry, strong foundation, our customers do not have to worry about shrinkage and cracking taking place

As different foundation systems enter the market, we’re often asked to explain why concrete block builds the better basement. I think the facts speak for, themselves. Concrete block foundations have been holding strong and protecting homeowners from Wisconsin’s extreme weather conditions for over a century. That can’t be said about any other foundation system.