Masonry block basements provide the greatest possible versatility to the builder. For instance, the top plate in a block basement will be level and provide very little heat loss at the sill plate. Poured concrete foundation wall, conversely, settle within their forms, causing substantial potential for heat loss and an uneven finish at the top of the basement wall.
Masonry Block fits automatically. This means that basement size, shape, doors and windows are not limited to the size of the form as in poured concrete walls. Therefore, the builder is allowed to quickly and inexpensively customize basements according to the site and the buyer’s needs.
Masonry Block has far better “R” & “U” factors than poured concrete. That’s a fact! So, used naturally, without insulation, masonry block will always be warmer. Yet in addition to regular board insulation, the builder can add additional insulation in the cores of a masonry block wall for an exceptionally energy-efficient wall.
Masonry Block walls breathe. They are Dry! Poured concrete walls sweat. Masonry block also absorb sound. Poured concrete walls reflect noise back into the home.
Masonry Block foundation walls can be fixed easily, quickly and inexpensively. Cracks in poured concrete walls can be be extremely difficult and costly to repair. It only takes one bad crack or leak during the back-fill process or during the home’s warranty period to eliminate the builders profit. And that’s a fact!
Masonry block foundation walls are built by craftsmen and produce finished surfaces. A variety of block surface textures and architectural features are available, which eliminates the need to patch voids.
The cavities in concrete block easily accommodate vertical steel reinforcement where excessive soil pressure occurs.
Masonry block comes from the earth itself. It respects our environment. It’s a part of us. In fact, masonry block foundations have been used almost exclusively since the turn of the century. They’ve stood strong against all comers – against the heat, the cold, the snow, the floods, the earthquakes, the kids, the water tables, the termites – and the competition!!!
Come into our showroom today and see for yourself why Simcoe Masonry Centre is the best choice for concrete block!!!
Standard Metric Block
Simcoe Masonry Centre takes quality seriously. All concrete block masonry units manufactured at our facilities are produced to meet and/or exceed the industry required specifications as defined by CSA Standard A165.1-04.
Simcoe Masonry Centre Limited produces all the block sizes and shapes that are necessary to construct the basements, foundations, firewalls and divisor walls in your building projects. All are available in either standard weight (H\15\A\M) or Lightweight (H\15\B\M).
Magnum ‘818’ Block Simcoe’s Magnum ‘818’ Blocks are designed to save you money! Used primarily for firewalls and foundations, they provide 7% more coverage than Standard Metric Block sizes. You’ll save on the cost of one course of material and labour for every 8′ wall.
Magnum ‘818’ Blocks are available in the following shapes and in standard weight only.
Stretchers – 10cm, 15cm, 20cm, 25cm, 30cm
Semi-Solids – 20cm, 25cm, 30cm
L-Corners – 25cm, 30cm
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(800) 487 – 3704