Looking to add some privacy to your property? Concrete block walls can be a good-looking way to get it.
Of course, there are a number of benefits to using concrete blocks for your privacy walls beyond just the privacy they provide you. Here are a few of the reasons why you might consider using concrete block walls in Kansas City at your property:
- Cost efficient: Concrete block construction is much cheaper than using other types of materials. Bricks cost a lot of money and resources to create, so much so that a single concrete block takes up about 25 percent fewer resources than what it would cost to make an average-sized brick. This means less energy expended to create the materials, meaning less money you need to pay for your concrete blocks.
- Less maintenance: Concrete block walls are designed to last for generations. They have very few maintenance requirements, especially when compared to wooden fences. Moisture, for example, can wreak havoc on wood and metal through rot and rust. However, it does not have any weakening effects on concrete. In addition, you don’t have to worry about your concrete wall being damaged at all by mold or termites. Plus, concrete gets harder and stronger over time. Many concrete structures built thousands of years ago are still standing today.
- Highly durable: Concrete is one of the most durable types of material you’ll find on the planet. Homes made out of concrete are significantly less likely to be damaged by fires, earthquakes or storms. This is why in states like Florida, which often deal with hurricanes, you’ll find many homes made out of concrete. Concrete walls and bricks can also be reinforced to protect against the elements. If any damage occurs, the home’s structural integrity will still remain intact, which will make it much easier to rebuild. This makes concrete an extremely practical material for building homes and walls—not only will it last a long time, but it will help maintain a good aesthetic.
- Energy savings: We already mentioned how concrete blocks take significantly fewer resources and much less energy to make than bricks. In addition, concrete has a very high R-value. This is important when you consider that about 80 percent or more of greenhouse gases generated from homes get released through energy produced from heating and cooling. Concrete retains that energy, preventing it from escaping. For the purposes of an exterior privacy fence, you might not be concerned as much about R-value, but it’s something to consider if adding an addition or building a wall on one side of an outdoor porch.
- Flexibility: Concrete offers many different design options. You can use it for almost any type of home feature. This means the options you have with concrete blocks are nearly limitless.
For more information about the benefits of installing a concrete block wall in Kansas City, contact MSE Hardscape Design and Installation today and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.