Design considerations of Cantilever Masonry Walls

Cantilever walls are a common solution used to retain soil or similar earth material, playing a vital role in sustaining the structural integrity of a site and or project. While the design is important, several practical factors must be considered when designing a retaining wall using a cantilever block system.

Design considerations for a cantilever wall are important with calculations of the pressures exerted at any point of a wall being influenced by various factors. The height of the water table, the nature and type of soil, the subsoil water movements, type of wall being constructed and the materials used in the construction of the wall, can all have an impact on the stability of a structure.

Inadequate design and consideration of such factors can result in the failure of a wall system either immediately or after some time. Such failures can include a wall moving into a sloping position, a wall exhibiting a curve on its surface, a crack appearing or the complete wall collapsing. It is recommended to have a builder or engineer advise on the correct methods of preparation and installation.

At Baines Masonry, our cantilever block systems deliver the structural integrity required to secure a project while providing an aesthetically pleasing design to suit any style. With a range of supplementary SRW products available, including geofabrics and other soil containing solutions, we provide a ‘one-stop-shop solution’ for your retaining wall needs.

To learn more about our cantilever block and SRW Products range, contact one of our industry experts.

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Product Focus – SRW Penetrating X-Treme Wetcast Seal

At Baine Masonry, our SRW Penetrating X-treme wetcast sealer delivers protection against damaging elements while preserving the natural look of the stone surface.  ... Read more

Can you fire proof a building?

While no building material is one hundred percent fireproof, selecting fire-resistant materials can help reduce the impact of fire and any potential tragedies. At Baines Masonry, we understand the importance of designing and constructing safe buildings, developing an innovative range of masonry products that exhibit fire-resistant characteristics.  ... Read more

Product Focus – ColourStone Easy-Pave

Baines Masonry ColourStone Easy-Pave is an attractive medium-sized square paver that is easy to lay and economical. 
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Noise and Good Design

Noise can interfere with sleep, rest and conversation, causing fatigue, irritability, headaches and stress. Thoughtful design and the selection of materials with high acoustic performance is critical, especially in multi-residential contexts, as it can reduce the impact of noise and improve the quality of life for occupants.  ... Read more

Product Focus - Split face Masonry Blocks

Baines Masonry Split Face blocks are integrally coloured pre-finished architectural masonry blocks with a beautiful, rough-hewn texture. As a versatile product, our Split Face blocks suit residential and commercial buildings, along with landscape retaining walls.  ... Read more

Fire Rated Masonry & Bushfire Attacks

Fire is a real and immediate danger for buildings across Australia, with fires forming quickly and destroying structures without discrimination. Ensuring a building is fire resistant through the choice of the right materials has become paramount for designers, builders and specifiers in order to provide the highest safety standard for occupants.  ... Read more

Product Focus – SRW Premium Stone Seal

After an investment in stone, whether it be for a retaining wall or paved driveway, it’s important to always protect your stone surfaces. Our SRW Premium Stone Seal range is perfect for all types of stone, offering sealing and protective properties ensuring the longevity of use.  ... Read more

Benefits of light weight Masonry Blocks

While new wall systems become available as innovation and design evolve, it is often the proven construction systems that are best for effective and efficient construction. Baines Masonry’s BETTA BLOCK™ is one such block system providing environmental, structural, aesthetic and economic benefits.

The Baines Masonry BETTA BLOCK™ is made of 65% heavy industry by-products, reducing the amount of landfill generated from coal fired power stations and steel making industry. It uses 40% less cement then normally required with the addition of Discrete Super Fly Ash, resulting in 40% less CO2 emissions and up to a 45% lower carbon footprint than other masonry products

The BETTA BLOCK™ is a structurally sound option for building any project, ensuring longevity not only in design but in use. While the BETTA BLOCK™ light they remain strong with a compressive strength of more than 15MPa, complying with Australian Standards AS/NZS 4455.

The BETTA BLOCK™ “H” Block has a dry weight of less than 10.5Kg, making it the lightest full block available in the range. A lighter block means more product per load, reducing the transport impact on the environment and reducing freight costs. Its light weight also reduces injury risks and OH&S claims, ensuring a safer working environment with happier and more productive employees, adding to a cycle of further economic benefits.

The BETTA BLOCK™ provides an industrial but modern design aesthetic which is easily mixed and complemented by contrasting materials, such as timber, stone and metals. It provides an opportunity to use a variety of different colours, or keeping to a monochromatic tone. With options to cover with insitue stone or rendering the design possibilities are endless!

For more information on our BETTA BLOCK™ range and how our lightweight products can save you money, contact one of our industry experts!

  

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Product Focus – Fencestone

Fencestone™ is a self-locating wall system that doesn’t require block laying skills making it a great option for DIY projects. Designed by the team at Baines Masonry, the Fencestone™ wall system consist of special split-faced panel blocks which interlock without mortar ensuring an easy, strong and attractive boundary around your property.

The Fencestone Wall System has been developed to assist everyday people to build their own front fence or garden fence without the skills of a bricklayer - each block locks to its neighbour on each end as well as top and bottom. They can be used for small fences (only a couple of blocks high), to noise barriers 2.2m high, or even higher if designed by your engineer.

Each panel of fence blocks are supported at each end by the purpose made piers, making it super easy to install between wall panels, ends of walls at gate openings and more. With internal and external right angles and available in two colours, they are designed to suit any space, providing an attractive and efficient alternative to traditional brick fences.

To learn more about Fencestone™, how you can use and install this self-locating wall system, contact one of our block experts today! 

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