Split Face – Masonry
A bold textured finish perfectly suited to modern projects.
The splitting process creates a bold texture that can mimic the look of stone. Split face blocks have all the benefits of masonry and are made to order with a standard leadtime of six weeks.
Please see the resources below to help with specifications, design, and general information. As with all concrete products, we recommend these are sealed if exposed to the elements for long-lasting, maintenance-free, high-performance.
Units per m2
units per pallet
A distinctive look with all the benefits of block.
Enduring product built for generations to come.
Very low maintenance and high thermal mass, reducing energy use over the building lifetime.
For orders over 150m2 we can do custom colours.
Veneers features + Benefits
When you order from our extensive range there are many benefits ensuring you are happy with your purchase.
Low Environmental impact
Compared with other building materials masonry blocks; require little energy to manufacture, have a local supply chain and last a lifetime.
The mass of masonry blocks creates a quiet home when compared with traditional building materials.
Masonry concrete requires very minimal maintenance over the lifetime of your building.
Concrete is known for its ability to store heat energy also known as thermal mass.
Low Energy Costs
High thermal mass of masonry homes reduces the need for heating and cooling and the associated costs.
Range of colours and finishes
A large variety of colours and finishes allow you to get your perfect bespoke home.
Concrete masonry has no combustible elements.
Provided the exterior is sealed when recommended masonry homes will perform against all natural elements.
Over the lifetime of a building masonry homes compare favourably to other building materials.
Where you can buy?
Our blocks are typically delivered direct to your site. We can be sourced through your local merchant alternatively you can buy direct. Contact Us to discuss best option for you.
Important things to consider when choosing masonry
Every effort is made by Viblock to ensure the end user has a great product however we are only one step in the overall process. Each stage requires professional attention otherwise the result will not be to the desired standard.
Below outlines the stages in a block construction;
1. Select your desired product
There are many ways masonry can be used to achieve a desired aesthetic. Key decisions include; the need for masonry to be structural or a veneer, the laying pattern stack bonded or stretcher bond. From here what colour and finish you require can be decided. ViBlock offers the largest variety of manufactured masonry finishes in New Zealand so will likely be able to accommodate your requirements. For further detail please refer to, Available Colours.
2. Ensure your designer is specifying to masonry standards
The build process is invariably smoother when wall sizes and controls are designed to specific lengths and details that work for blocks. There are many resources available to assist designers and architects, these include;
NZ design standard for masonry building not requiring specific engineering design – NZS 4229:2013
3. Engage a professional mason to lay the product
Block layers can make all the difference when building with masonry. Block layers have a trade association that provides them with support in training and ongoing learning this goes above the licenced building practitioners. Above the trade association block layers can become Master Masons. Contracting with a Master Mason ensures the individual has been assessed as having an appropriate level of skills and knowledge to complete work to an industry best practice standard. More information can be found at the following links
Or you can contact us. Attached are guidelines for block layers to follow when using architectural masonry, it is important the block layer is aware it will be used as finished product.
4. Sealing product
Viblock recommends all masonry is sealed to improve the look and durability of the product. Sealing is especially important for coloured masonry to reduce the likelihood of efflorescence and maintain the desired aesthetic over time. Viblock recommends Sto weathertight sealing systems are used for any walls open to the elements. For internal walls there are many sealers in the market it is important you have a professional installer complete the sealing and they follow the manufactures recommendations.
Efflorescence: What you need to know
Efflorescence is a naturally occurring phenomena associated with all Concrete products. The chemistry involved is complex, involving several factors over which neither the manufacturer, the contractor, nor the end user has total control.
At Viblock we are very much aware of efflorescence and the problems it can create. Our manufacturing processes have all but eliminated the occurrence of efflorescence in our products, however unfortunately, we have no control over the environment in which our Masonry & Pavers are used.
In order to reduce the chances of efflorescence occurring, it is important that purchases care for the products from delivery to sealing (refer Viblock Care of Masonry, Pavers sheets and the paving laying guide).
Three steps to reduce the chance of efflorescence occurring
- Products must be stored correctly before laying.
- Laying of Blocks and pavers should be completed by a licensed trade professional.
- Sealing should also be carried out by a trade professional
Efflorescence should it occur in no way effects the structural integrity of our Masonry Blocks and Pavers.
Products remain the property of Viblock Limited until full payment has been received.
Unless approved credit arrangements are made prior to delivery, payment is required at time of the placing of order. Prices are subject to alterations without notice and deliveries will be made at prices current at the time of dispatch.
All pallets are returnable, in good condition (fair wear and tear accepted) and subject to a deposit of $45+GST each, credited when pallets are returned to Viblock by the Purchaser.
Returns if accepted by Viblock will incur a handling fee. Claims for faulty products will not be entertained once they have been laid. No returns are accepted arising from over-ordering
Variations On Delivery:
Variations of actual quantities from those shown on delivery docket must be notified to us at the time of delivery otherwise no responsibility will be accepted for such variations. Goods delivered to unattended sites are the customer’s responsibility and the Company will not accept claims for shortages. Delivery is deemed to be effected when trucks have reached the closest point to the customer’s property without leaving the public road. Trucks are not permitted to drive over concrete crossings or driveways, unless a council approved crossing is provided. Trucks entering customer’s property at customer’s request do so at the customer’s risk and the Company will not accept any liability for damage.
Estimates are given for guidance only as to the number and type of blocks required and the Company will not accept responsibility for accuracy, nor accept claims for variations. The customer will be charged for all blocks delivered.
Coloured products can vary due to the use of Natural Aggregates.
The information contained in this document is current at the time of issue. Viblock Limited reserves the right to change product specification without prior notice. Where specification is relevant on specific product performance please check with Viblock first.