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Breeze blocks and where to buy them — 29 companies, 75+ designs!

Where to buy breeze blocks — also known as screen blocks, decorative concrete blocks, architectural screen blocks, or solar tiles.  My goal with this story: To build the most comprehensive list of places to buy breeze blocks in the U.S.. I’m up to about 75 designs and 29 companies.

breeze blocks for sale in california
This photo is from my visit to Orco Block in Oceanside, Calif. Super amazing fun!

Where to buy breeze blocks in Southern California:

  • Throughout Southern Calif.: Orco Block manufactures 9 designs — AND you can also order these blocks in a variety of concrete-colors and finishes (e.g. sandblasted or with sides cut very flat after the blocks are molded). Orco sells their screen blocks direct to the public out of their Oceanside location, or contact them for a dealer elsewhere throughout the state and beyond. Yes: I visited Oceanside in Aug. 2019 — that’s a photo from their yard — and they told me that they ship nationwide! Designs (sizes are not on their website, contact Orco for details) are:
    • Rectangular XX
    • Rectangular two Square-within-squares
    • Rectangular double Cloverleaf
    • Rectangular Starfire (curvy diamond)
    • Square La Fiesta
    • Square Cloverleaf
    • Square Cordova curvy (diamond)
    • Square Pinwheel
    • Square square-within-a-square
  • San Diego area — RCP Block has 6 retail locations in SoCal. Sells one design (sizes approx.):
    • Square Diamond — 4 x 12 x 12
  • So Cal — Angelus Block sells into Southern California region, from the Central California Coast and Southern San Joaquin Valley to the Low Deserts and San Diego. Thank you, Mark, for this tip. Designs include (sizes approx.):
    • Rectangular XX — 4 x 8 x 16
    • Rectangular Pompeian — 4 x 8 x 16
    • Rectangular curvy diamond — 4 x 8 x 16
    • Rectangular double Cloverleaf — 4 x 8 x 16
    • And check out this funky “Neptune” 8 x 8 unit!
  • Riverside — Tesselle has 7 designs, available in 7 colors, each of the blocks are 8″ x 8″ x 2.6″.

Where to buy breeze blocks in mid-California starting north of LA all the way north to Alaska and west to Wyoming:

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Basalite’s cloverleaf breeze block can be purchased in this geography. See the link at the left.
  • Basalite makes one design only and offers it though a network of retailers in the west starting north of Los Angeles and continue with lots of locations up California, Oregon, Washington, and over to Nevada, Colorado, Idaho and as far east as Jackson, Wyoming and as far north as Anchorage, Alaska! See the retail locations for this breeze block in the western U.S. here. Note, this is the mystery company that once supplied Cloverleaf breeze block to Home Depot out west — but no longer. Sells only:
    • Square Cloverleaf

Where to buy breeze blocks in Arizona:

  • Superlite – A manufacturer that distributes to retailers in many states, their Shapes catalog page 54 shows three designs as of May 2019 (sizes approx.):
    • Rectangular Wagon Wheel — 8 x 16 x 16
    • Rectangular XX — 8 x 16 x 16
    • 12″ Square Cloverleaf — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Note: A reader says Preach Building Supply in Phoenix on Hatcher carries one design. 
  • Our Block Co. in Phoenix opened in 2018, and shows a number of designs on their website. Some are modern interpretations, one is vintage. Thanks to Mark for this tip!
    • Custom made to order in various sizes — 4 x 12 x 12… 4 x 16 x 16… and even little 4×4 blocks!
    • Avion
    • Codex
    • Cross
    • Eclipse
    • Horizon
    • Origami
    • Phoenix (the vintage design)
  • Also see Best Block listing, below.

A pause for this special programming: Make breeze blocks for your doll house 🙂

Where to buy breeze blocks in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Texas:

  • Best Block has locations in the states above. They have two designs, each in a different size:
    • Cloverleaf — 8 x 12 x 12
    • Square-in-square — 4 x 12 x 12

Where to buy breeze blocks in Colorado:

  • Eagle Block Company today shows 7 designs of screen block aka breeze block, and also check their solar square. Designs are now on their website!
    • Their lineup includes one rectangular unit that when combined with another creates a sort of Chinese Jade Tile shape
    • For Colorado, also see Best Block listing above.

Where to buy breeze blocks in Florida:

  • Based in Oakland Park, Atlantic Coast Precast: — oh my, lookie these designs (above)!
  • Orlando: A1 Block Corp. — family-owned since 1952, they manufacturer and sell 10 designs of breeze block including one I’ve never written about and need to: Perk/Turf block. Sizes approx.:
    • Rectangular XX — 4 x 8 x 16
    • Rectangular small diamond in center– 4 x 8 x 16
    • Rectangular YY — 4 x 8 x 16
    • Square Bow-and-Arrow — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Square curvy diamond — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Square square-in-a-square — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Square Cloverleaf — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Square Maze — 4 x 16 x 16
    • Square Circle-in-a-square — 4 x 16 x 16 — note, this circle-in-square breeze block design attributed by Alison King of Modern Phoenix to Phoenix architect Ralph Haver!
    • Square Perk/Turf block — 4 x 16 x 16
  • St. Petersburg: Carroll’s Building Materials — The company says it makes some of its breeze blocks and also brings in other designs from other manufacturers (Seems like I see A1 Blocks in their lineup) to sell retail — they have 12 options overall (sizes approx.):
    • Rectangular XX — 4 x 8 x 16
    • Rectangular YY  — 4 x 8 x 16
    • Rectangular curvy diamond (Starlight) — 4 x 8 x 16
    • Rectangular Double Rectangle — 4 x 8 x 16
    • Rectangular Hidden Circle (curvy V) — 4 x 8 x 16
    • 8″ Square Maze — 4 x 8 x 8
    • 12″ Square curvy diamond — 4 x 12 x 12
    • 12″ Square square-in-square — 4 x 12 x 12
    • 16″ Square Maze — 4 x 16 x 16
    • 16″ Square Cloverleaf/Snowflake — 4 x 16 x 16
    • 16″ Circle-in-Square (Square Peg) — 4 x 16 x 16
    • 16″ Bow and Arrow — 4 x 16 x 16
  • Venice:  White Cement Specialities — One design — in two sizes — which they told me they call a “snowflake” but surely is Cloverleaf. 
  • And, see Best Block listing above.

Where to buy breeze blocks in Alabama:

  • Villa Lagoon Tile now shows 21 breeze block designs in stock and 47 via special order (some of the ‘special order’ blocks seem to be same design as in-stock–but in different finishes. Honestly, my eyes were glazing over!) According to the company, their blocks are different than traditional concrete breeze blocks.  They say, “These hand-made blocks use finer sand aggregate and hydraulic presses, rather than the course cast products of the past. This makes these blocks thinner, smoother….” The tiles look to be 7.5″ square — I didn’t go through each one to check, though.

Where to buy breeze blocks in Hawaii:

  • Kapolei: Tile Co. Inc.— 9 options overall (sizes approx.):
    • Square square-in-square — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Square curvy diamond — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Square Cloverleaf — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Square Circle-edged-in-quarter-circles — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Rectangular V — 4 x 8 x 16
    • Rectangular V — 4 x 6 x 16
    • Rectangular curvy diamond — 4 x 8 x 16
    • Rectangular curvy diamond — 4 x 6 x 16
    • Rectangular YY — 4 x 8 x 16

Where to buy breeze blocks in Georgia:

  • See Best Block listing above.

Where to buy breeze blocks in Kentucky:

  • A.C. Krebs — 6 designs + two solar screen blocks (thanks, Jordan!)

Where to buy breeze blocks in Arkansas:

  • ABC-Central Block and Brick — Screen blocks are not shown on their website, but they do sell at least two designs brought in from another manufacturer. For my big update, I called and was instructed: If you are in the market, it’s recommended that you call the main location — the ABC Product Showroom in Little Rock — and talk to a salesman about what’s available and how to order. Thanks, Russel, for this tip. 

Where to buy breeze blocks in New York:

Where to buy breeze block in Pennsylvania:

  • Fizzano Brothers — 3 decorative designs and two open solar sizes that they both manufacture and sell retail — three locations around Philadelphia. The company also tells me they regularly ship standard concrete block to Lowes in the mid-Atlantic region, roughly NYC to Baltimore. They have had some customers within that geography order screen block and have it put onto the Lowe’s truck to save on shipping; call the company to discuss if you are interested in this option.  Thanks to Frannie for this tip! Sizes approx.:
    • Square Cloverleaf — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Square square-in-square — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Rectangular “Double Screen” (like my brothers’) — 8 x 8 x 16
    • Solar — 8 x 8 x 12
    • Solar — 8 x 8 x 16
  • Greensburg Concrete Block, Greensburg, PA, has one design, a Circle-edged-in-quarter-circles.
half moon breeze block tankersley
This “half moon” design from Tankersley Concrete Co. is one I’ve not seen available anywhere else.

Where to buy breeze blocks in Tennessee:

  • Tankersley Concrete in Lewisburg, TN produces and sells 3 patterns; Thanks to Laura for this tip:
    • Square Flower (Cloverleaf) — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Square Half Moon — 4 x 12 x 12
    • Box-in-Box — 4 x 12 x 12

Where to buy breeze blocks in Texas:

  • See Best Block above.
  • clay breeze block
    Terra cotta in Texas / D’Hanis

    Austin: D’Hanis Brick & Tile Company — makes 5 designs of Natural Terra Cotta breeze blocks, they call them Solar Tiles. See my full story with product photos here. 

  • Austin: Check out Elgin Butler‘s 4 designs of ceramic fire clay (not concrete) breeze block:
    • Square Pattern: 8 x 8 x 8
    • Diamond-In-A-Square Pattern: 8 x 8 x 8
    • Snowflake Pattern: 8 x 8 x 8
    • X Pattern: 8 x 8 x 8
  • Austin: Clay Imports — one red clay design imported from Mexico.

Where to buy breeze blocks in Washington State:

  • Spokane, Washington — White Block Company makes and sells the cloverleaf. Thanks, Gene, for this tip.

Maybe, you might as well check:

  • Check Home Depot — the company’s selection / vendors seems to change over time. Every time I’ve ever updated this story there’s been just one basic option. Right now, it’s a narrow design from Tile Co. only available in certain locations.
  • Remember to install these safely.

Be aware, dear readers, that these are ORNAMENTAL blocks. It is my understanding that they are not STRUCTURAL blocks. That is, they are not meant to be load bearing. They are meant to be pretty and even then, to be installed properly so as not to fall over and hurt someone. So use them/install them accordingly — safely. And as I am known to say: I am not the expert, so get with pros to plan how to incorporate these blocks safely into your design plans.

breeze block where to buy
Original breeze block at my brother’s house used to shield one side of a carport.

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Find breeze blocks nearer to you — maybe

Can’t find breeze blocks close enough to you and want to see if you can find some?

Here is a list of all members (I think) of the National Concrete Masonry Association. Search by state, then get your fingers doing some walking, and see what you turn up. If you do fine more suppliers, we’d love to know and add them to our list — leave the info via a comment, or email me. 

Many thanks to reader Scathing Jane for initial research on this list, and to JHL III who sent me the question (and one repeat find) prompting me to first feature Jane’s list. `

turf block at menards
“Screen block” to make a driveway, walkway or patio is called “Turf block” as in this turf block at Menard’s, shown above. For all the sources I found see my story 12 places to find turf block.

Where to buy breeze blocks in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, and more:

I focus on products for the U.S. market, but readers have left comments with these resources — and some of them are FANTASTIC — fun to ogle! 

Canada:

  • Niagara Block in Niagara Falls has five designs. “They have quite a few styles, but they don’t have them in stock all the time. Check under “architectural block”.” Family run since 1931. Thanks to Daniela for this tip.
  • Kreitmaker in Toronto has two designs, the Lotus and Diamond pattern.
    • Australia:
  • Oh my, the selection! Dee Why, NSW: Besser Block
  • Earp Bros. has a lot of designs, which they say are imported from Vietnam — they sure look like Viettiles (see below) to me.

Vietnam:

  • Beautiful breeze block designs from Viettiles!

Europe:

Brazil:

  • New Zealand:

Thailand:

decorative breeze blocks
See my story from 2014: 34 designs of breeze block in Uncle Jack’s back yard — AMAZING!

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  1. Brian Fick says:

    Desperately looking for breeze block options in Madison Wisconsin. Is Home Depot really my only option?

    I have contacted several of the local concrete block companies and none of them supply it

    1. pam kueber says:

      Hi @Brian, I only know of the companies listed… some of them ship, so you can reach out and give them a try.

  2. Rasananda Mohanty says:

    Hello sir,I want to purchase cement concrete breeze block mold .so please inform me where to buy the block.please write the address of sellers of breeze block mold.

    1. pam kueber says:

      Hi, to buy the blocks contact the companies listed — they are hotlinked in blue.

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