You consult with a professional to pick out a fence and choose the type of materials you want used, but when the project start date arrives, you may be a bit puzzled to see a truckload of cinder blocks come along with the contractor and the rest of the fencing materials. Even if you opt for a fencing installation that has seemingly nothing to do with these concrete blocks, don't be at all surprised if cinder blocks are used in the installation process. Here are a few ways cinder blocks are commonly used in professional fencing installations.
Cinder blocks can be used for underground support.
If the ground where your fence will be installed is especially unstable, there will not be enough structural support underground to keep a fence erected vertically. The perfect example of this is if you have ground that stays overly saturated or muddy. The fencing installation contractor may used cinder blocks underground instead of just poured concrete to give fencing posts and panels some stability. If this is something that needs to be done on your property, you will see the contractor open up the ground, often digging several feet down, and then situate the cinder blocks inside before covering them up with dirt.
The contractor may use cinder blocks to create fence columns.
Cinder blocks are commonly used to create bricked columns because of their unique stackable design. If you have ordered a fence to be constructed that consists of metal posts or sections between bricked or stoned columns, such as a wrought iron and stone fence, cinder blocks could easily be a part of the process. Cinder blocks may be stacked together to create a conjoining fence column and then covered with other material for aesthetic appeal, such as brick or stone, by the contractor.
Structural support can be provided by cinder blocks during the installation process.
In some cases, fencing contractors will bring along several cinder blocks for an installation job simply because these bricks can be used as structural support. For example, cinder blocks can be used to support wooden privacy fence panels until they are secured in place with hardware or used to hold fencing posts upright until underlying liquid concrete cures. The heavy density of the blocks make an ideal temporary support system because they can be maneuvered around the job site as needed and simply hauled away when the project is completed. Contact a business, such as Harrington & Company, for more information.