Split Face CMU Block Retaining Walls

As a San Antonio-based retaining wall contractor, Lovell Construction Group, LLC undertakes a variety of residential and commercial projects involving the construction of CMU retaining walls. These meticulously designed structures serve as vital reinforcements to hold back soil and effectively manage erosion with a focus on proper drainage. CMU retaining walls are versatile and adaptable, with their design influenced by factors such as height and soil conditions. When dealing with taller walls or areas with less stable soil, our expert team employs reinforcement techniques, including rebar and a concrete footing, to bolster structural integrity. Conversely, shorter walls set in stable soil conditions may bypass the need for a footing, streamlining the construction process while preserving the requisite strength. It’s crucial to understand that Lovell Construction Group, LLC specializes in CMU retaining wall construction and does not supply split face CMU blocks.

What Are Split Face CMU Blocks?

Split face CMU blocks are like standard concrete CMU blocks except that one side will have a rough, natural looking rock-face. It’s the most popular block to use because of its aesthetic qualities and each block is unique like a snowflake; no two blocks are exactly the same. Split face blocks are created by molding two concrete blocks together. Once the units have cured; a hydraulic guillotine splits the units apart and exposes their interior aggregates which looks like natural stone.

Aggregates And Split Face CMU Blocks

Aggregates, or coarse- to medium-grained particulate are a granular materials used in construction such as: sand, gravel, crushed stone, granite, and limestone. Aggregates are used in the formation of concrete for strengthening and reinforcement purposes. Different aggregates will give different colors and appearances. It’s best to request for color samples to find out what works best for your next construction project. Please remember that these materials are mined from the earth which means that there will be natural variations in color. Exact colors are not guaranteed but we will be very close to whatever range of color you choose.

Split Face Colors and Designs

As a concrete construction company, we’ve constructed retaining walls with a variety of structural load-bearing blocks and non-structural veneer blocks. When it comes to retaining wall design, a combination of split-face blocks and concrete blocks of different color can be used to create patterns. Split face CMU blocks can be primed and painted as well.

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Constructing With Split Face CMU Blocks

Because CMU split-face blocks are sound absorbent and fire resistant, you will often see it used for the construction of schools, libraries, large stores, and theaters. It’s preferred for use in commercial properties but is also useful for residential properties in the construction of sheds or retaining walls. A significant portion of our projects have involved construction of retaining walls using split-faced CMU blocks. Our commitment to quality and expertise in utilizing these specialized blocks ensures not only structural integrity but also an aesthetically pleasing finish. Whether it’s enhancing the landscape or managing elevation changes, Lovell Construction’s proficiency in retaining wall construction with split-faced CMU blocks has garnered recognition among our satisfied clients.

Contact Lovell Construction Group, LLC now to kickstart your split-face CMU block construction project.



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