Concrete blocks and bricks are both popular building materials that have similar qualities, but that doesn’t make them equal. Building or renovating a home can be a stressful experience, so we’re here to make this decision easy by giving you all the information. Learn about these blocks in today’s blog. Remember you can always consult with a professional for your project with Tolley Concrete’s free quote online

Both concrete block and brick are fire-resistant, insect-proof and incredibly strong. According to the Masonry Advisory Council, all concrete blocks must have a minimum compressive strength of 1900 pounds per square inch (PSI), though the average is rated far higher than that at 3500 psi. The average brick is rated at 3000 psi. 

To get down to the details in their strength comparison, we look to the mortar that holds the bricks together. Mortars high in cement can typically withstand up to 2500 psi, while mortars high in lime are much weaker. They may only be able to withstand as little as 350 psi. Check with your contractor to ensure you’ve got the right tools for the job, and the right glue to hold them together. 

These two blocks may seem relatively similar in price (both fairly inexpensive), but it’s important to look at the whole picture. In 2011, a single clay brick cost about $1.50, while an 8-inch concrete block cost $1.35. Lightweight blocks cost more though, and labor should be factored in, too. While concrete blocks could see a higher labor cost, traditional brick masonry is a difficult skill that could prove costly, while being tough to DIY. 

Appearance Inside & Out – Both bricks and concrete blocks can be customized in a variety of colors and designs. Did you know that most brick houses actually have wood-frames underneath them? This should be factored in when considering customization, along with the insulation value that comes with wood as opposed to concrete. 

Concrete blocks and brick masonry are both well-loved in construction by contractors and homeowners alike; and it’s clear to see why. Decide what’s best for you and your project, and visit our blog for more home inspiration.