CMU (cinder block) columns for decks and patio covers

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Old 07-12-16, 11:44 AM
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CMU (cinder block) columns for decks and patio covers

Has anyone used CMU (cinder block) columns for a deck or patio cover?
I'm just wondering if anyone has done this, and what are the pros and cons as opposed to wood posts?
For anyone who has done it, did you use the 16x16 column blocks or just the regular 8x16 blocks?
 
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The first con is that the column will require a footer and the labor to set the block which can make it more expensive than just a wood post. It also has a much larger, chunky visual preference which I don't think many people want. And lastly... it's CMU. Unless you stucco over it it's just going to be cement blocks.
 
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Thanks

Thanks, that's kinda what I was thinking.
 
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It would also need rebar up the center and the core of the block would need to be slugged solid.
 
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