Questions And Answers About Cinder Block Fences

22 September 2016
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A concrete block fence could be the perfect fencing solution for your property. Not only do these fences provide privacy while being durable, but they also provide exceptional sound dampening qualities. This means they work especially well if your yard borders a noisy road or highway. The following can help answer some of your questions on concrete block fences.

Are there ways to add decorative elements to the fence?

One of the biggest concerns about a concrete block fence is that it will look bland or industrial. Fortunately, there are ways to add decorative touches without compromising privacy or sound dampening ability. One way to achieve this is with decorative concrete post caps on the corners of the fence or at regular intervals along the fence top. Another option is to use some concrete blocks with a stamped design on their surface or with a cut-out design. These are usually installed at regular intervals near the top of the fence to add a consistent decorative design element.

Can the fences be painted?

Paint is an option on a block fence. There are special masonry paints that are made to adhere to the concrete surface. You can find these in nearly any color imaginable, so you can fully customize your fence. You can also purchase a fence made of tinted concrete blocks. The tint is mixed right into the concrete at the time of casting, so it will never fade or chip. Dark gray and terracotta are popular color options, although there are others.

Does the fence require special care?

One of the big draws of a concrete block wall is that it requires very little maintenance. Spray it off with a hose occasionally it if looks dusty. If there is more severe grime, such as mud, moss, or algae, you can clean it off with a pressure washer or scrub it down with a mild bleach solution and a deck brush. The bleach kills the moss and algae to prevent it from growing back. In rare cases when a block cracks or becomes damaged, it can be removed and replaced without the need of replacing the whole fence.

Are there any concerns with a block fence?

The main concern is drainage near the fence line, which is primarily only a problem if the ground is higher on one side of the fence than it is on the other. In this case, you may want to have drains installed in the fence during construction. These are placed low on the fence so that water from rain or irrigation doesn't build up on the high side of the fence and eat under the foundation below the bottom layer of concrete blocks.

For more help in designing your fence, talk to a fencing contractor like Harrington & Company in your area.