The broad use of concrete blocks, or CMUs, is not just limited to industrial buildings, foundations, or retaining walls. CMUs have increased in popularity among builders and homeowners that have recognized the benefits of using concrete block as a primary building material in residential homes. A home built out of CMUs provides the homeowners with a variety of benefits, including design flexibility, durability, efficiency, and other benefits as well. When people think of concrete structures, the image of gray blocks or a boxed structure comes to mind. To the contrary, a home built out of CMUs come with a wide range of design choices. Nettleton Concrete produces a wide range of concrete blocks with a number of architectural finishes, textures, and colors such as Burnished Face, Brushed Face, Split Face, Brecciated Face, Chiseled Face and Tumbled. Other options include Nettbrick, Split Face Nettlestone, Tumbleridge Nettlestone, and Megastone. Concrete block residential homes reinforced with steel provide more durability that wood framed homes. CMUs are more popular in some areas of the country for their durability in the face of extreme weather like hurricanes and wild fires. Owners of concrete block homes also do not have to worry about problems of wood warping and termite damage like owners of wood framed houses. Concrete blocks also create a tight seal, reducing heating and cooling loss in the home that can cause significant energy savings in some homes. When looking to build your next home think about CMU's call and speak with one of our sales representatives.