Concrete is everywhere, and we tend to take it for granted don’t we? It is a very durable material that has many different applications.
How much concrete do you think was used to build your home?
How much does a concrete block weigh?
There are many different sizes of concrete blocks and the weight will vary dependent upon the size.
Concrete blocks usually range in height from 2 inches to 12 inches. Some are hollow inside, while some are solid.
Weights Of Solid Concrete Blocks
- A 2”x8”x16” solid concrete block weighs 17 pounds (7.7 kg)
- A 4”x8”x16” solid concrete block weighs 32 pounds (14.5 kg)
- A 8”x8”x16” solid concrete block weighs 50 pounds (22.7 kg)
- A 12”x8”x16” solid concrete block weighs 71 pounds (32.2 kg)
Every year around 6 billion cubic meters of concrete is produced.
Concrete does not melt but it will decompose at 1,000° Fahrenheit.
Historic Concrete Facts
Concrete was first developed by the Ancient Romans as a building material. It was used to build the Pantheon in Rome. This is the world’s biggest unreinforced dome.
In 1824 modern cement was created by Joseph Aspdin in England.
He named it Portland cement which is the most common ingredient in today’s concrete.
~ Fun Fact ~
No other man made material is used more in the world than concrete.