The Content Of The Article:
- Concrete Block variants
- A stable underground for the concrete blocks
- Concrete blocks are easy to work with
- Garden design with concrete blocks
For a long time concrete blocks were the epitome of ugly-gray monotony. In the meantime, however, they have stood up well to the comparison with natural stones such as clinker, sandstone or granite and are excellently suited to the design of garden paths and Co. However, they are much cheaper to buy. The great variety we owe to the production method: concrete blocks consist of cement, sand, gravel, water - and the most diverse aggregates. Hard rock chips imitate the appearance of natural stones, while color pigments give the stone all kinds of tints. We will show you some types of surface treatment and show you why concrete blocks can be so well laid in the garden.
Concrete blocks are naturally integrated into the garden thanks to modern processing options
Concrete Block variants
Completely unprocessed, the surface of concrete blocks is called concrete-smooth. Numerous paving stones and slabs are offered in this look. Additional processing with brushes makes concrete blocks softer and dirt-repellent. The smoothest surface can be reached with an extra cut using rotating disks. These concrete blocks really shine and are often found in driveways or garages.
Above all concrete blocks with a structured surface are used in the garden. No wonder, they see natural stones almost deceptively similar. This is because one has developed a procedure in which one takes an impression of the originals and transfers these via a press die onto the concrete block. If you blast the surfaces, the effect is amplified. This is mainly worked bricks, paving stones and slabs and curbs.
New manufacturing processes make the once drab concrete interesting again
Columns also provide a very natural surface for concrete blocks. It splits off individual slices from a large block. The same applies to processing with a Bossierhammer or set iron. In the so-called Bossieren the surfaces and edges of concrete blocks are processed about five millimeters deep. Edges that appear uneven and look like they have been broken off by hand are also obtained by rumbling or rumbling. In this process, the concrete blocks beat in a rotating drum against each other so that the edges break off. This creates the impression of a slowly aged, rustic natural stone.
When washing concrete blocks, the fine mortar is washed out of the surface. You can use different types of gravel and thus achieve different color effects. The resulting washed-out concrete is suitable for slabs that are particularly non-slip - on which, however, dirt easily settles. For cleaning, a high-pressure cleaner is recommended.
A stable underground for the concrete blocks
In order for you to enjoy your concrete blocks in the garden for a long time, the installation must be carried out professionally: A base course under the covering ensures a stable surface. It prevents capillary flows (rising water) from the ground and allows surface water to seep away. For footpaths usually ranges from a layer of 15 to 25 centimeters. If an area is used as a parking space for the car, 30 to 40 centimeters are required. It is best to use a mixture of minerals with different particle sizes, such as gravel sand (grain size 0/32 millimeters) or gravel (0/45 millimeters). Just ask at the local gravel or gravel plant for a suitable mixture.
A base layer of gravel sand or gravel provides a stable surface
Concrete blocks are easy to work with
Due to the concrete stones own high dimensional accuracy laying is very fast by the hand. Often spacer knobs are cast on, which even allow inexperienced a smooth installation with a uniform joint pattern. In the range there are also water-permeable drainage and grass grout stones, where you can even refrain from preparing the substrate.
Garden design with concrete blocks
Concrete blocks can be used to implement a variety of design wishes and ideas for the garden. Whether seats, garden paths, steps or entire terraces: let your creativity run wild! To achieve a nice overall picture, we recommend that you make sure that the materials and flooring patterns in the garden are repeated. Too many different variants are quickly restless. For square or rectangular surfaces, large plates are ideal; curves can be made well with paving.