How much do split-face blocks cost?
$3 – $5 cost per block (8”x8”x16”)
$15 – $40 average cost per square foot (installed)
$1,800 – $7,000 average cost to build a 10’ to 50’-long wall
$15 – $40 average cost per square foot (installed)
$1,800 – $7,000 average cost to build a 10’ to 50’-long wall
Split-face blocks cost $15 to $40 per square foot installed for an outdoor or retaining wall, foundation, or siding. A 25’-long split-face block wall costs $1,800 to $7,000. Split-face block material prices are $3 to $6 per square foot or $2 to $7 per block for concrete or cinder units (CMU).
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Split-face block prices
Split-face block prices are $3 to $5 per 8”x8”x16” concrete block or $2.50 to $4.00 per 8”x8”x8” half cinder unit. CMU block delivery costs $60 to $200. Split-face blocks cost $15 to $40 per square foot for materials and installation. A 25’-long split-face block wall costs $1,800 to $7,000.
|Linear feet||4’ tall||6’ tall||8’ tall|
|10’||$700 – $1,400||$1,100 – $2,100||$1,450 – $2,800|
|15’||$1,100 – $2,100||$1,600 – $3,150||$2,150 – $4,200|
|25’||$1,800 – $3,500||$2,700 – $5,250||$3,600 – $7,000|
|50’||$3,600 – $7,000||$5,400 – $10,500||$7,200 – $14,000|
|100’||$7,200 – $14,000||$10,800 – $21,000||$14,400 – $28,000|
|150’||$10,800 – $21,000||$16,200 – $31,500||$21,600 – $42,000|
|200’||$14,400 – $28,000||$21,600 – $42,000||$28,800 – $56,000|
*Total cost to install. Includes foundation, concrete reinforcement, and rebar.
- Split-face concrete blocks have one or more textured sides exposing the inner aggregates to mimic natural stone.
- Project prices depend on the design and finishing options.
- Split-face blocks are highly porous and need sealing or ventilation outlets.
Average cost to build a split-face concrete block wall
The following table shows the average cost to build a 10' to 50' long split-face block wall:
|National average cost||$3,500|
|Average cost range||$1,800 to $7,000|
Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.
Split-face CMU cinder block prices
A split-face cinder block costs $1.50 to $7.00 each, depending on the size, color, manufacturer, and number of split sides. Average 8”x8”x16” split-face block prices are $3 to $5 per block.
|Size (depth x height x length)||Price per block|
|4”x8”x16”||$2.50 – $4.00|
|6”x8”x16”||$2.75 – $4.50|
|8”x8”x16”||$3.00 – $5.00|
|10”x8”x16”||$3.25 – $6.00|
|12”x8”x16”||$3.50 – $7.00|
|8”x8”x8”||$2.50 – $4.00|
|4”x8”x16” (solid)||$1.50 – $3.00|
*Material prices only for orders with on-site collection.
Factors affecting the block price include:
- Delivery – Delivery costs $60 to $200 on average, depending on the quantity and building location. Refundable pallet deposits are $15 to $35 per pallet.
- Textures – Standard blocks come with one split side. The cost increases with more split sides for corners or double side walls.
- Colors – Common colored aggregates are grey and tan. A wide variety of colors exists at higher prices. Unique color matching requires custom orders.
- Types – Bond beams, corners, open ends, and solid blocks come at different price points, depending on the purpose and block supplier.
- Weight capacity – Structural load-bearing vs. non-structural units are available. Structural units must be ASTM compliant for local building codes.
Ground-face block prices
Ground-face block prices are $6.50 to $9.00 per 8”x8”x16” block. Ground-face blocks are concrete with a semi-polished finish that is smoother than a split face. Unlike split-face blocks, ground-face blocks often have a silicone or acrylic coating to seal them.
Split-face block vs. concrete block cost
Split-face block prices are $3 to $5 per block. Standard concrete cinder blocks cost $1.25 to $2.50 per block. Split-face blocks have rough-cut sides. Plain concrete blocks have smooth sides but require additional finishing.
|Type||Average cost per block|
|Split-face block||$3.00 – $5.00|
|Regular concrete block||$1.25 – $2.50|
*Material prices only. Based on an 8”x8”x16” block size.
Split-face veneer prices
Split-face veneer prices are $4 to $22 per square foot for materials only, depending on the type and quantity. Installation prices vary according to the attachment system of either mortar-based, construction adhesive, or nailing onto sheathing boards.
|Material||Price per square foot|
|Travertine||$6 – $16|
|Slate||$4 – $10|
|Granite||$11 – $22|
|Quartzite||$4 – $10|
|Marble||$7 – $16|
|Limestone||$4 – $15|
|Faux - polyurethane or PVC||$8 – $15|
*Material price only.
- Typically sold in 12”x12” panels with 4 to 15 pieces per box
- Easy to install on existing interior or exterior walls
- Improves home insulation
Textured rock-face block installation costs
Textured rock-face concrete block installation costs $10 to $40 per square foot total, depending on the project type.
|Project||Average cost per square foot|
|Outdoor wall||$18 – $35|
|Retaining wall||$23 – $40|
|Interior walls||$10 – $15|
|House foundation||$15 – $23|
|Veneer siding||$12 – $28|
*Prices include materials and labor.
Outdoor split-face block wall fence
A split-face block outside wall costs $70 to $280 per linear foot, or $18 to $35 per square foot installed for 4’ to 8’ tall garden walls. A 50’-long split-face block wall costs $3,600 to $14,000 on average. Total costs depend on the height, foundation, and reinforcements.
Split-face block retaining wall
A 3’ to 6’ high split-face block retaining wall costs $70 to $240 per linear foot installed or $23 to $40 per square foot, including the backfill and concrete foundation. Total costs depend on the wall size, base type, excavation method, accessibility, and required reinforcements.
Interior split-face block walls
An interior split-face block wall costs $10 to $15 per square foot installed for new constructions. Additional fees apply depending on the choice of insulation and wall finish. Interior walls use higher-quality split-face blocks with multiple rough sides that need more precise installation.
Replacing or adding a wall to existing homes costs more for:
- The cost to remove a wall is $500 to $2,000, if it’s non-load-bearing.
- Installing a support beam costs $100 to $400 per linear foot.
- Hiring a structural engineer costs $300 to $1,000 for design analysis.
Split-face block house foundation
A split-face block foundation costs $10,500 to $46,000 on average or $15 to $23 per square foot. The total cost to build a split-face block house foundation depends on the structure size, excavation and grading fees, and water-proofing requirements.
Split-face block foundation types include:
- Stem walls
- Crawl spaces
- Aboveground basements
Split-face veneer siding cost
Split-face veneer siding costs $10 to $30 per square foot installed, depending on the material, size, and location. Split-face block veneer tiles are common for kitchen backsplashes, bathrooms, fireplaces, interior walls, and exterior siding.
Compare to other siding installation costs.
Cost factors to install a split-face block wall
Split-face blocks have additional labor, maintenance, and finishing costs, depending on the project type and site conditions:
|Wall installation fees||Cost per square foot*|
|Installation labor||$11 – $18|
|Permit||$50 – $450 each|
|Sealing||$2 – $10|
|Pressure washing||$0.30 – $0.50|
|Caulking||$0.75 – $2.50|
|Mortar repairs||$3 – $25|
|Painting||$0.80 – $1.60|
|Removing old concrete-block wall||$5 – $16 per linear foot|
|Insulation with core-filling injection foam||$1.50 – $2.50|
|Excavation in rocky soil or for foundations deeper than 1’||$10 – $20+|
*Units in per square foot unless otherwise noted.
Optional installation costs:
- Permits – A permit costs $50 to $450 on average, depending on the wall size and location. Most walls 3’ tall or larger typically require permits.
- Uneven terrain – Extra digging and foundation work is necessary for building on sloped or rocky ground.
- Site access – Additional transportation fees may apply for building sites outside of the regular service area.
Labor cost to install split rough-face vs. standard concrete
Labor costs to install rough-face concrete block walls are $11 to $18 per square foot, which is $1 more per square foot than plain concrete block walls. Split-faced concrete blocks cost more because they weigh more and require extra planning with precise installation.
|Block type||Labor cost per square foot|
|Split-face concrete||$11 – $18|
|Standard concrete cinder block||$10 – $17|
*Not including materials
Split-face block wall design
These split-face block wall design choices affect the total cost:
- Insulation – Core-filling injection foam costs $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot.
- Drainage – Installing a French drain costs $10 to $30 per linear foot to stop foundation damage.
- Complexity – Wall shapes with curves, multiple corners, and complex designs take more time.
- Openings – Adding doors, windows, and gates costs more for framing openings and adding support beams.
- Foundation – Large and load-bearing walls cost more for deeper footings.
Split-face block sealing cost
Split-face block sealing costs $2 to $10 per square foot, depending on the wall size, sealer type, and number of layers. Split-face block walls are very porous and need sealing every 3 to 7 years to prevent water from entering the wall system.
Sealing a split-face block wall exterior is a short-term leak solution. Permanently fixing block-wall leaks requires:
- Ventilated wall caps
- Flashing and adequate drainage
- A multi-wythe wall with airspace inside
- Interior moisture barrier
Cleaning and painting split-face blocks
Cleaning and painting a 25’x4’ split-face block wall costs $110 to $210 or $1.10 to $2.10 per square foot minimum for a newly built wall.
All costs that apply for highly porous and damaged block walls:
- Pressure washing prices are $0.30 to $0.50 per square foot.
- Caulking costs $0.75 to $2.50 per linear foot to seal joints and cracks.
- Waterproof sealing costs $2 to $10 per square foot for highly porous block.
- Repointing or tuckpointing costs $3 to $25 per square foot to repair old mortar joints.
- Painting costs $0.80 to $1.60 per square foot total for two coats.
Pros & cons of split-face blocks
Frequently asked questions
What is a split-face block?
A split-face block is a concrete building block with one or more rough-cut sides to imitate unpolished stone. Split-face blocks are a type of concrete masonry unit (CMU), or cinder block, made by splitting the molded concrete before it fully cures.
Where to buy split-face block
Buy split-face blocks from:
- Home-improvement or hardware stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, or Menards
- Masonry-construction suppliers
- Landscaping companies
- Building-material outlets
- Local masonry contractors
- Concrete block manufacturing companies
How much does a split-face block weigh?
A standard hollow 8”x8”x16” concrete split-face block weighs 30 to 42 lbs. on average. A pallet of split-face blocks weighs 3,500 to 3,800 lbs. The weight varies according to the manufacturer and shape.
Hiring a split-face concrete block installer
When hiring a contractor, use these helpful tips:
- Choose masons certified by any of these groups:
- Compare at least three quotes from different companies.
- Beware of the cheapest bids that often result in low-quality work.
- Read their reviews on HomeGuide, Google, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
- Seek certified, insured, and bonded workers with 5+ years of experience.
- Don’t pay in full upfront. Use a payment schedule.
- Keep an itemized bid listing all costs.
Questions to ask
- Do you use a block sealant or moisture barrier to prevent water damage?
- Will the mortar have a waterproofing additive?
- Can I see photos of your past split-face block projects?
- How long have you been doing masonry work?
- Can I see proof of insurance, licenses, and bond guarantees?
- How do you handle project delays?
- Will you pull building permits and be here for site inspections?
- How should I prepare space for the crew?
- Are all materials, labor, and clean-up fees in this estimate? What extra fees can I expect?
- Do you hire subcontractors, and if so, are there extra fees to manage them?
- What does your warranty include?
- How long will this project take?
- What’s your payment schedule?
- Can I get a copy of the contract before work starts?
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