Breeze Block Installation Instructions
Decorative Breeze Blocks can be used indoors or outdoors as space dividers, property line dividers, feature walls and decorative accents for buildings with sun exposure.
Please note that breeze blocks are decorative, and should not be used as structural units, such as in load bearing walls. Do not install in applications where people are likely to sit or lean on the structure. Building a breeze block structure is a construction project that requires engaging with a structural engineer, professional mason or a licensed general contractor familiar with the codes and permits required by the planning department within the municipality of the project. Many cities restrict wall heights for non-load bearing concrete masonry units, and specify where breeze block structures can be built with respect to property lines, sidewalks and driveways. Before placing an order, please ensure that you have confirmed that your project meets local requirements. Returns are costly for all parties involved. If you are working with breeze blocks from a different supplier, please refer to their instructions.
The instructions below are guidelines and it is the responsibility of the customer to engage with a licensed professional to ensure that the planned structure meets local codes and to obtain a permit if required.
Tesselle Decorative Breeze Blocks must be installed on a level footing.
Make sure that there is adequate drainage in the area and that the installation will not be exposed to standing water.
Vertical reinforcements, such as pilasters, are required to reinforce the block wall, no further than every 10 feet and the blocks need to be reinforced with #3 or #4 rebar horizontally and vertically, a minimum of every 3 feet. Under no circumstances should a wall exceed 6 feet in height without additional structure. Requirements vary by municipality and region.
Plan for 3/8” thick mortar between every course and column of blocks.
Capping stones help add strength while finishing the wall in an attractive way property line walls, feature walls, privacy screens and garages.
Pouring the Foundation
Plan the number of blocks that you will need and where the pilasters and vertical rebar will be placed.
High strength Quickrete 5000 is recommended for the footing construction. Requirements vary by municipality and region. These are the requirements in Riverside, CA:
7.5x7.5x2.5” Breeze Blocks require a footing that is at minimum 17 inches wide and 3 feet deep.
Our 11.5”x11.5”x3.5” Breeze Blocks require a footing that is a minimum of 20 inches wide and 4 feet deep.
The footing may need to extend beyond the frost line. Check local building requirements in your area.
Drive vertical rebar into ground before pouring concrete into foundation trench. Hold steel rods in place until concrete sets.
Once concrete is poured and leveled, leave it to set before laying the breeze blocks
Building Supporting Vertical Piers
Layout the first course on the footing, leave a 3/8” gap between blocks to allow for motor joints.
Use a chalk line to mark the location of the wall on the footing.
Use a brick line to ensure a straight and level wall. The brick line should reach the rear of each pilaster blocks or vertical supports.
Lay a bed of mortar on the footing and place the first pilaster block to create a 3/8” high motor joint. Make sure the block is level and properly aligned.
Fill the center of the pilaster block with mortar. This will hold the steel reinforcement rod securely in place.
Now repeat and lay the second pilaster block on the opposite side
Check to make sure the blocks are flat, level, and in line with each other
Lay 3 pilaster blocks high for every 2 courses of breeze blocks to avoid upsetting unset mortar
Let piers set overnight.
Laying the Blocks
Soak each Breeze Block in water before setting. This will prevent the block from absorbing the moisture from the mortar.
Quikrete Mason Mix Type S is recommended for mortar mix. Quikrete Masonry Bonding Adhesive or Concrete Acrylic Fortifier may be added.
Working towards the center, lay two breeze blocks next to each pilaster block or vertical support to create the first course.
Insert rebar between every 2nd course and vertical column of blocks. The thickness of the mortar line should be between 3/8" and 1/2".
When the mortar has become firm, smooth the joints with a jointing tool.
Let mortar dry after four rows before building wall any higher
Laying the Capping Stones
Once wall has been built to desired height capping stone can be added for additional stability
Embed a layer of wire mesh or rebar into mortar and lay the capping stone.
Soak the wall for 7 consecutive days after installation to complete the curing process. Wait at least 30 days prior to adding any finishes such as paint or sealer, keeping the blocks clean and dry.
- Clean with a pH neutral detergent, such as Zep. We recommend Miracle Liquid Poultice and Miracle Heavy Duty Cleaner (Acid Substitute) for high traffic areas and occasional deep cleaning.
- Some stains can be removed by hydrogen peroxide.
- For red wine stains, use Wine Away.
- For specific, hard-to-clean stains, blocks can be lightly wet sanded with an extra fine sandpaper (400 grit or finer). Use water when sanding to avoid scratching the tiles and to prevent residue from getting into the pores of the tile and grout. This area should be cleaned, allowed to dry completely and then resealed.
- Avoid water accumulation
- Saturated colors may fade in direct sunlight.