Anyone in the construction industry knows building codes and requirements vary by project and location—and this includes regulations surrounding concrete. In the Midwest, solid concrete wall foundations are commonplace in homes, businesses, and high-rises. In South Florida, concrete masonry units—also known as CMU or concrete blocks—are the norm.
CMUs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but 8” x 8” x 16” blocks are standard. After placing CMUs together, steel reinforcement and/or concrete is placed throughout to increase strength and durability of the blocks. Doing this improves the comprehensive strength of the structure.
CMUs use the same ingredients as concrete—cement, aggregate, and water—but the process to create these blocks is different than traditional concrete, forcing concrete suppliers to use a different facility for manufacturing. With our recent acquisition of Banaszak Concrete Corporation, Ozinga now operates a CMU plant at our new Davie, FL location. This creates a new product line for Ozinga, helping improve our service offerings among our new customers.
If you’re interested in learning more about concrete masonry units or obtaining some for your next project, contact our South Florida concrete team today.