Concrete block fence walls were first developed in 1900, manufactured in a machine invented by Harmon S. Palmer. Due to factors such as the development of the domestic Portland cement industry and innovations in production equipment, block walls became increasingly more popular in the 20th century.
Aside from its use in commercial and industrial buildings, block fencing has been used for all kinds of applications such as boundary walls, sound barriers, retaining walls, privacy fencing, and security walls.
Traditional block fencing is made up of individual blocks installed on a continuous foundation with steel rebar and grouted joints. It is time-consuming to build and without any added cosmetic additions, can be bland and unattractive. Additionally, with ground movement, block fence walls can crack and become less stable.
With AFTEC’s split block textured designs, precast walls can now resemble a block wall with all the benefits of precast concrete, increasing installation speed with less future maintenance concerns. Each precast panel spans the distance from one column footing to the next, eliminating the need for the continuous footings traditional concrete block fences require.
Since AFTEC walls are colored on-site, precast concrete block fence walls can complement the color palette of any development project, and with the vast design capabilities with precast walls, block panel designs can be combined with columns finished with a variety of complimentary stone textures, further enhancing the aesthetics of finished projects.