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Screen Block Buyer
updated: Jan 07, 2017, 2:21 PM

By LiveOak

Does anyone know where I can buy screen blocks? Aka basalite decorative concrete blocks. You know, those cinder block-like things you make screens walls with?

Home Depot: No
Lowes: No
Goleta Building Materials: No
Channel Island Lumber: No

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 COMMENT 750394 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 02:28 PM

ORCO Block Company, down in LA/IE/etc

 

 COMMENT 750395 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 02:33 PM

Maybe some of the masonry yards?

 

 COMMENT 750399P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 02:39 PM

Home Improvement on Gutierrez St?

 

 COMMENT 750402 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 02:54 PM

You might try Bedrock Building Supplies (formerly McNall's, I believe) at 208 N Calle Cesar Chavez A or SB Stone at 27 North Nopal Street.

 

 COMMENT 750409 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 03:50 PM

Bedrock or Goleta bldg. Materials.

 

 COMMENT 750410P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 03:57 PM

AirVol Block in SLO for sure. Call them first though.

 

 COMMENT 750418 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 04:13 PM

"Screen Wall" .. learned something new today.

 

 COMMENT 750423 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 04:29 PM

They said no already to Goleta Bldg. Materials. Reading before posting can be a good idea. Anyway Google, my go to for things I need says Lowes and they're closer than Slo-town.

 

 COMMENT 750426P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 04:37 PM

Might try Prime Masonry in Oxnard.

 

 COMMENT 750431 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 05:01 PM

Wow 423 did you read it either? Op said lowes is a no go.

 

 COMMENT 750434 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 05:12 PM

Me, too, 418. Never heard of a screen wall or decorative concrete blocks, either.

 

 MISTA agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 05:30 PM

The cheapest way to achieve this '60's look is to lay standard cinderblock on their sides...

 

 COMMENT 750448 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 06:18 PM

Perhaps the OP is just trying to repair or extend an existing wall. Not all of us can afford to live in newer housing in SB let alone pay for a remodel.

Basalite is a tough one if you Google around. Their website doesn't show any dealers on the "central coast". Most are in LA, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. Lowe's has them on their website but they're not eligible for order/pickup. A Lowe's customer comment warned about poorly made blocks in stock.

 

 COMMENT 750455P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 07:21 PM

Mista, I looked up "basalite decorative concrete block." It is NOT the same as plain, square, blocky cinder block that we built our teenage or college plywood shelving book cases with. I have a few pieces of varying design in my yard, from work done by my family. These blocks are often very attractive.

an example: http://retrorenovation.com/2010/04/26/where-to-buy-decorative-concrete-screen-blocks/

 

 COMMENT 750457 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-07 07:23 PM

At one time this look was highly desirable...good luck op, please let us know where you found them!

 

 COMMENT 750490 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-08 08:32 AM

Amazon...they have free shipping, smirk.

 

 COMMENT 750494 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-08 09:22 AM

I'm not surprised that no one in town has these in stock. But I'm really surprised that a place like Goleta building materials can't special order them for you. Do you only need a few pieces?

As others have recommended, Bedrock is a good option too. Regardless, any of the guys in Ventura county will deliver them to SB/Goleta for about $500 a load.

 

 COMMENT 750565 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-08 02:42 PM

Thank you so much! I will look into those stores I haven't aleady. You guys supplied some I've never heard of. :) Yeah, I think the reason they're hard to find is that these walls are no longer in vogue. Haha. If I find a retail outlet for these I'll report back.
Thanks again!

 

 COMMENT 751108 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 09:59 AM

Follow up: Yea! The swell folks at Bedrock Building Supplies at 208 Calle Cesar Chavez have ordered the blocks for me. :)
Thank you all for your suggestions!

 

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