Building a house in Nigeria may not be possible without building blocks, and an insight into the prices of building blocks in Nigeria is necessary if you must successfully build a house.
Having an understanding of the cost of building blocks in Nigeria will help you to make a realistic budget before starting your project, also an insight into the sizes and types of blocks used for building projects in Nigeria will help you make the right decision when choosing block types and sizes for your building project.
In this post we shall look at the cost of blocks in Nigeria, the sizes of blocks used for building construction in Nigeria, and the projects each size of block is suitable for.
At the end of this article, you will have an insight into the right size of block to use for your building project and you will also learn what makes a building block suitable for building construction.
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What is a building block?
In building construction, a block is a solid piece of material used to create walls or partition walls.
It is a unit of construction on which a whole building structure or house is based on.
The process of using blocks to construct a larger wall is called block work.
Blocks can be constructed using concrete or cement and sharp sand.
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Types of Blocks in Nigeria
Blocks in Nigeria can be hollow or solid.
Hollow blocks are made with holes inside them to reduce the weight of walls and improve insulation.
Solid blocks are made without holes to create strong and sustainable walls.
Both hollow and solid blocks can be constructed with stone dust or cement and sharp sand.
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Sizes of blocks in Nigeria
In Nigeria, the height and length of blocks have a standard, so the difference in blocks in Nigeria is their breadth or width.
The standard height of blocks in Nigeria is 225mm (9 inches).
The standard length of blocks in Nigeria is 450mm (a foot & 6 inches).
Sizes of blocks in Nigeria are:
1. 6 inches (450 x 225 x 150 mm) blocks
2 . 9 inches (450 x 225 x 225 mm) blocks
3. 5 inches (450 x 225 x 125 mm) blocks.
Note: 6 inches (solid) blocks are good for bungalows while 9 inches(hollow) blocks are good for storey buildings.
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Prices of blocks in Nigeria
Prices of cement blocks in Nigeria depend on the Size, type, and method used in constructing the block.
The price of a hollow block may differ from a solid block and the same is applicable to their sizes.
Building blocks in Nigeria can be constructed using machines (vibrated blocks) or by hand mold.
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Solid blocks prices:
6 inches (vibrated): 200naira to 280naira
5 inches (vibrated): 180naira to 220naira
6 inches (hand mold): 190naira to 220naira
5 inches (hand mold): 170naira to 220naira
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Hollow blocks prices:
6 inches (vibrated): 220naira to 280naira
5 inches (vibrated): 190naira to 220naira
9 inches (vibrated): 250naira to 220naira
5 inches (hand mold): 180naira to 220naira
6inches (hand mold): 190naira to 220naira
9 inches (hand mold): 200naira to 220naira
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prices of glass blocks in Nigeria
crystal glass block: 1000naira to 2000naira per unit
parallel clear glass block: 1300naira to 1700naira per unit
white glass block: 1700naira to 2300naira per unit
Is molding blocks onsite better than buying from the block industry?
Molding blocks onsite for your building project has benefits as well as buying from the block industry, Choosing one over the other will depend on the circumstance surrounding your project.
For instance, if you need a quick delivery of blocks for your project, you may choose to buy from a reliable block industry, and if you have time and wants to supervise or monitor the production of blocks for your project, you may employ the labor of block molders.
However, to guide you in making the decision of molding blocks onsite or buying from the block industry I will show you the benefits each of them has.
Benefits of molding blocks onsite:
1. You may have the opportunity of supervising the block molding process on your site, therefore, giving you control over the quality of blocks produced for your project.
2. Molding blocks on your site for your building project may be cheaper than buying from the block industry if you manage the labor properly.
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Benefits of buying from the block industry:
1. Buying blocks from the block industry may hasten your building project since many block industries use machines which increase production.
2. Blocks produced by the block industry with good machine compacts well than hand-molded ones.
3. Blocks produced by the block industry may come with a smooth surface and less error which is good for building construction.
4. Blocks produced in the block industry with accurate measurements of sand and cement will be stronger than hand molded ones.
5. In situations where a site is not fenced and security is not guaranteed, it is better to buy from the block industry so that blocks will not be packed on site for long which may attract theft.
Is 6-inch solid block good for foundation?
The simple answer is yes.
A 6-inch solid block has no hole inside which makes it strong for building construction, especially for the construction of a house foundation.
However, in cases where you intend to build your house with 9 inches blocks, it is better to use 9 inches blocks for the foundation as well.
Is 6-inch hollow block good for foundation?
Because of the hole inside, 6 inches hollow block may not be suitable for foundation construction but in building construction situations where less load is needed especially in multi-storey buildings, 6 inches block may be a good option.
So far, we have seen that building blocks in Nigeria can either be solid or hollow.
Hollow blocks are constructed with Hollie to reduce weight and reduce heat in houses.
The type and size of block you choose while building a house will depend on the type of house you want to build, if you want to build a bungalow, it is preferable to use 6 inches solid blocks and if you want to build storey house, you can use 6 inches (solid) blocks or 9 inches blocks for the foundation and hollow blocks for the upper floor(s).
The prices of building blocks in Nigeria as enumerated above are dependent on the size, type (solid or hollow), and materials (concrete or sand Crete) of the blocks you intend to use for your building project.
Also buying blocks from the block industry has benefits as well as molding blocks on your site, weighing the advantages of each will help guide you in making the right decision while building your own house.
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