Question - Where do Belgian blocks come from?

Answered by: Jose Parker  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 20-06-2022  |  Views: 1361  |  Total Questions: 11

Belgian Block has little or no affiliation with Belgium. It is a generic term from hundreds of years ago, given to the huge pieces of stone used for ballast on empty sailing ships, many sailing between the Netherlands/Belgium/Flanders and ports in America. Belgian Block. Belgian Blocks are solid granite, cubical-shaped cobblestones used in a variety of applications including paving and edging. These natural and durable blocks are sold in a variety of color and sizes and available by the full pallet or by the piece. They mostly come from old streets in turn-of-the-century mill towns and old seaports. Most of the 17th and 18th century cobblestones in the US are actually Belgian Block. There is something magical about cobblestones. COST COMPARISON BELGIAN BLOCK CONCRETE f) Replacement needed 0 10% g) Cost/ft 0 $1. 20 Total Cost to Builder (e+g) average $11. 53 $17. Use a gas-powered masonry saw to cut about one-half to three-quarters of the way through the block. Break it. Use a stone hammer or engineer's hammer to break the block on the cutline. Rough it up.

http://www.morrisongravel.com/belgian-blocks.html

Belgian Blocks. Granite Belgian Blocks are composed of granite and are available in four colors: black, grey, pink and yellow. They are available in three sizes to ensure the ease of any installation.

https://www.historicalbricks.com/the-blog/history-cobblestone-united-states/

Cobblestones are a strong, natural material, originally collected from riverbeds where the flow of the water made them round. When set in sand or bound with mortar, cobblestones once proved perfect for paving roads. With the strength of cobblestone, no ruts developed in the streets.

http://www.monarchstoneinternational.com/cobblestone/difference-between-belgian-block-and-cobbleston

Belgian Block and cobblestone are not the same, in case you were curious. The word cobblestone comes from the blending of two words, cob and stone and originally referred to a rounded rock taken from rivers and used for street paving centuries ago. Belgian Block has little or no affiliation with Belgium.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3ACobblestone

I understand that the difference between cobbles and setts is that cobbles form a deliberately rough surface (originally) to allow grip in bad weather for horses hooves. Setts are laid as smooth and level as possible, and would be used on level roads and pavements.

https://www.thespruce.com/pros-and-cons-of-cobblestone-paver-1398075

The Cost of a Cobblestone Paver Driveway Cobblestone pavers are available in several sizes, but the cost usually runs about $15 per square foot. Installation costs could add another $10 per square foot for a DIY job or $30 for a professional installation.

https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/cobblestone-pavers

Basic cobblestone paver installation generally costs between $1, 095 and $1, 352 per 100 square feet, which includes $755 to $818 worth of materials and $340 to $534 worth of labor.

https://gregslandscaping.com/materials/belgium-block/

Weight: Approx 360 blocks per ton. Names: Belgian block, landscape blocks, natural stone blocks, stone paving blocks, pavers, curbing or edging. Description: These natural stone blocks are 9” x 5” x 5”. This size is the most common size of Belgium blocks used in landscaping and hardscaping applications.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobble_(geology)

A rock made predominantly of cobbles is termed a conglomerate. Cobblestone is a building material based on cobbles.

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/better-driveway-border

Concrete Facts EXCAVATE. Dig a trench 1 foot wide and 8 inches deep along the edge of the driveway. Clean the edge. Snap a chalk line on the pavement, just inside the driveway's edge. Stake a line. Drive two stakes at the edge of the driveway, no more than 50 feet apart. Set the blocks.

https://www.landscapingnetwork.com/driveways/gravel.html

Tip #2 - Use Belgian block edging to dress up a gravel drive Not only does it contain the gravel but it also can serve as a decorative border. Heath likes to use Belgian block along the edges of the gravel driveways he designs. “When edging a driveway, the jumbo blocks that measure 11” x 8” x 4” are best, ” he says.

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/install-cobblestone-edging-24057.html

Place the first cobblestone into the mortar, butting it up tightly against the end of the trench and the walkway, garden bed or driveway. Tap it down with a rubber mallet to set it into the mortar, check it for level with a spirit level, then add or remove mortar as needed so the top of the stone is level.