When to Use Concrete Block

concrete block on construction site

Concrete block is one of the most versatile construction materials. Its many uses means that you can use it for a variety of projects with great results. At Elston Materials, we provide our customers with high-quality, dependable products so you can create sturdy, dependable construction.


When it comes to construction, you don’t want to skip over using these building blocks! See how they can help you with your next project.


Concrete blocks are often used to build retaining walls. Because of their strength and ability to keep water or soil from penetrating the wall, they are an excellent choice!


Commercial construction is one of the most popular uses for concrete blocks. Thanks to their strength, you can depend on a wall made from concrete block! It will stay strong and stand tall for many years. These walls also have a timeless look to them, which means you can use them practically anywhere for any type of building.


Speaking of any type of building . . . Believe it or not, you can use concrete blocks for residential construction as well! For residential properties, most developers choose a decorated block. This way, you get the benefits of its strength alongside the added beauty!

concrete block available at Elston Materials
Some of the concrete blocks Elston Materials offers


Outside of construction products, concrete blocks still have many uses! This type of block can also be used to keep construction sites–and materials–safe and secure.


Use concrete block to create a security barrier around your job site. Keep people out of the site by stacking concrete block! Additionally, you can use concrete block stacking to divert traffic around or through a construction zone.

Construction Materials

Do you have exposed construction materials on your job site? Do you have a tent put up over an area and need it secured? Well, look no further than concrete block! These blocks make excellent weights, an often-overlooked use. Tie down tent stakes so they don’t come out of the ground, or weigh down a tarp over your materials.


If you’re going for an industrial-chic look for your landscaping, you should use concrete block! With a little creativity, these blocks can become planters, a minimalist bench, modern steps, and even be used to create a border for a garden!

We can help you

At Elston Materials, we have a variety of concrete block available. Whether you’re looking for 6 in., 8 in., 10 in., or 12 in., we have the blocks! Choose your size and type of block and order by calling 773-235-3100.

Cassie Vu