Prices of Concrete Blocks
Influencing the Prices of Concrete Blocks
Depending on the type of project being completed there may be a need for a few or a few hundred concrete blocks. When the quantity of blocks is large it is important for the contractor or self builder to seek out the very best price. Often the price will fluctuate greatly from one supplier to the next. When this occurs the purchaser may wonder what is causing the price differences. There are many answers to that question and knowing what the factors that influence the cost can help when searching for the best price.
Factors in Cost
The prices of concrete blocks can be influenced by many different things including:
Supplier: Purchasing concrete blocks at the local home improvement store versus a concrete company that specializes in cement and concrete products can cause the price to be higher. There are other less traditional ways to get concrete blocks like purchasing them online through classified ads. Many people who do renovation work will offer their concrete blocks that are leftover for an extremely low price in order to sell them.
Type of Block: The vast array of concrete block types makes the price vary greatly. Celcon blocks, Thermalite blocks, turbo blocks and other specialized blocks demand a higher premium than typical hollow concrete blocks or cinder blocks. Purchase only the type of block that the application calls for in order to get the best price. If a dense concrete block is not necessary and a traditional breeze block will work there is no need to spend the extra money.
Bulk Sale: Many times purchasing a larger quantity of blocks will result in a lower price than buying only a few. If the project calls for a large amount of concrete blocks or there are several projects that are going to be completed in the near future, it could be beneficial financially to purchase a truckload of concrete blocks rather than purchasing only what is needed for the project at the time it is needed.
Shipping Charges: Concrete blocks are heavy and shipping them or delivering them to the project site can be costly; however, if the homeowner or contractor has access to a truck and can pick the blocks up they can save money by not paying for shipping or delivery. Alternately, the purchaser can negotiate the delivery charges if the shipment is large enough to qualify for a discount.
When searching for concrete block prices and comparing them it is important to compare the same types of concrete blocks in order to get accurate comparisons. Comparing Celcon blocks to traditional cinder blocks is not a true comparison. Comparing apples to apples is the only way to get an accurate price comparison and ultimately find the best price for the job.
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