Split face blocks are manufactured by combining two or more blocks together as one larger unit. After a curing period, the units are put through a machine that cuts the stone in half to expose it’s interior aggregates. The amount of aggregate varies from block to block. There are many different sizes and colors available.
Advantages of Split Faced Block
Split face block is easily combined with many exterior finishes. The initial costs can be higher than other exterior finishes, however the longevity makes the block a good value. Insurance companies often offer policy discounts on properties due to the lower risk of fires and termite infestation.
Disadvantages of Split Faced Block
Split faced block is a very porous material, so if not properly installed and maintained, it tends to lead to costly repairs. The durability of split faced block often causes the homeowner to over look the preventative maintenance needed to help prevent the block from absorbing water which can lead to interior wall damage and mold. The installation of the block is also important. Due to the permeability of the block and poor installation methods such as lack of wicks and weep holes to allow the water to exit from behind the block, damage to the interior can often occur.
Should I Purchase a Property with Split Faced Block?
Like all exterior finishes, proper installation and maintenance are needed. Split faced block is an attractive, long lasting finish that given preventative maintenance and proper installation can last for many years. I recommend that a proper water repellent is applied approximately every 3-7 years.
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