Breeze blocks,with their patterned designs and ventilation benefits,are a stylish addition to both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Before You Begin:

  • Check Local Codes: Breeze block walls may have limitations on height and require structural support depending on your local building code. Consult a professional or your local building department to ensure your planned installation adheres to regulations.
  • DIY vs. Professional: Breeze block installation can be complex, especially for larger projects or load-bearing walls. Consider your experience level and the complexity of your design before deciding to tackle it yourself.

Site Preparation:

  1. Solid Foundation: The base for your breeze block wall needs to be strong and level. This could be a concrete slab, foundation footing, or a structurally sound existing wall.
  2. Planning and Layout: Sketch your design, considering block layout, spacing, and any necessary support elements.
  3. Measure the installation area carefully, factoring in the size of your blocks and desired spacing between them (typically 3/8" to 1/2").


Mixing Mortar: Use a high-strength mortar mix suitable for exterior applications (if applicable). Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for proper mixing ratios.

Setting the First Course: Apply mortar to the base and lay the first course of breeze blocks.

  • Use level and plumb lines to ensure perfect alignment.
  • Maintain consistent spacing between blocks with spacers or by adjusting the mortar application.

Reinforcement (Optional): For taller walls or those exceeding recommended unsupported spans (consult manufacturer or engineer), incorporate vertical rebar every few courses (typically every other course) to strengthen the structure. Embed the rebar into the mortar joints.

Building Up: Continue laying the breeze blocks course by course, applying mortar and maintaining proper alignment and spacing.

  • Stagger block joints in subsequent courses for better structural integrity.
  • Let the mortar set slightly firm before adding the next course.

Cutting Blocks (if needed): Use a masonry saw with a diamond blade to cut breeze blocks for corners or custom designs.

Filling Joints: Once all the blocks are laid, and the mortar has cured sufficiently (refer to mortar manufacturer's recommendations), fill the spaces between the blocks with grout. Use a grout bag or jointing tool to ensure complete filling.

Finishing Touches:

  1. Cleaning Up: After the grout has set, remove any excess material with a damp sponge or cloth. Follow the grout manufacturer's cleaning recommendations.
  2. Sealing (Optional): Depending on the material and desired finish, you may choose to seal the breeze blocks for added protection from the elements.


  • Breeze blocks are not weight-bearing elements on their own. For taller walls or those spanning large distances, consult a structural engineer to determine if additional support beams or columns are necessary.
  • Wear gloves and safety glasses during installation to protect yourself from cuts or debris.

By following these steps and considering the additional points, you can install your breeze blocks and create a beautiful and functional feature in your space. Remember, consulting with a professional mason or structural engineer is always recommended for complex projects or if you have any doubts about the structural integrity of your design.

These installation instructions are offered as guidelines only. New York Cement Tile will not be held responsible for errors, problems or issues due to installation.