By Fawnia Muller. block. Published at Monday, January 14th, 2019 - 19:58:41 PM.
The golden rule to remember when it comes to maintaining paving is that prevention is better than cure. Concrete is porous and can absorb various substances. It is therefore best to try and avoid spilling oil, grease, cement powder, concrete, plaster, clay, paint or harsh chemicals like acid onto the paving. Do not use high pressure cleaning apparatus as this will damage the pavers and the grouting.
A block building that is concrete will be more cost effective than a home using bricks but will offer the same level of energy efficiency. This is especially important in Australia’s hot climate since these blocks tend to keep interiors cooler for longer, by trapping the cool air inside. This means that you will save a bundle on power consumption and heating, as the mass of the blocks not only keeps heat out during summer, but retains heat indoors for longer during winter.
This block building is highly resistant to extreme weather conditions. Thus, hurricanes, floods and high winds will have little impact on a building built using this kind of block. Yes, the interiors will be damaged, especially when it comes to flooding, but the structure of the building will remain intact and damage will be significantly reduced.
The manufacture of concrete paving blocks is a highly specialised process. Concrete pavers need to be dimensionally accurate and meet the required compressive strengths and abrasion resistance standards. Product should ideally be sourced from a SABS accredited manufacturer. (SABS 1058 sets out the standards and tolerances for concrete paving blocks.
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