Your Masonry and Concrete Masonry Units Will Weather Every Winter

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Concrete blocks (or Concrete Masonry Units, a.k.a. CMUs) provide masonry and construction with lasting foundations. To buy cement blocks is to ensure the longevity of your structure. Concrete offers great strength under pressure and the elements, as we’ve talked about before here on the blog. Steel rebar reinforcement will further bolster these properties and provide sustainable structure. Continue reading

Elston Materials of Chicago Is a Member of the Masonry Advisory Council

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The Masonry Advisory Council provides free and useful resources to help local contractors, builders, masons, and others of the industry in their respective communities. MAC in Illinois and NW Indiana, per their website, “promotes and markets the benefits of masonry construction, materials, and technologies through educational and informational programs.” We at Elston Materials are proud to be an active supplier to Chicago and a member of MAC. Continue reading

The Benefits of Maxi-Mix, the Pre-Blended Mortar

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While you’re on a construction site, timely and consistent delivery is incredibly important. We provide pre-blended mortar solutions like Maxi-Mix to meet this need. At Elston Materials, we understand that even the at-home construction, masonry, or renovation work requires a consistent product like Maxi-Mix. Continue reading

Construction Supply Chicago – Resources & Products for Contractors

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While we supply contractors across Chicago with their most important masonry construction supply Chicago — we also like to provide information on the construction, architecture, and contracting currently underway in the city.

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You Ask, We Answer: How Is Concrete Actually Made?

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Concrete is among the most sustainable materials available today. So what exactly makes it “green,” and how is it made? Continue reading

What the Future of Sustainable Construction Looks Like (As It Turns Out, Androids Dream of Cement)

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We’ve all seen Blade Runner 2049 by now, right? While those dystopian landscapes obviously decry modern pollution and lifestyle habits — among many other things — they’re not too terribly off-base. Beside and surrounding all that neon: we see cement used for miles. Concrete construction is the way of the future. The sustainable future. And this isn’t any stranger than (science) fiction.

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Pouring Concrete in the Winter – It Can Be Done!

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As your Chicagoland concrete experts, we have a few tips on pouring concrete in the cold weather and winter months. It’s getting chillier every day here in Chicago and across the Great Lakes.

Here’s what you need to know.

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Where Chicago Contractors Go to Buy Supplies &Materials

A lot of time and work go into the making of a business. Here’s what turned us into the premier source for Chicago construction supplies and masonry needs. The contractors go to Elston. Continue reading

6 Construction Facts to Win Friends & Influence Others With

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Concrete as a material and construction as a business go back quite a ways. You might say they’re old friends, even. We’ve got some fun concrete and construction facts for anyone who asks, any time. This stuff is our specialty. And it sounds like you’re asking. Continue reading

Brick Tongs: What They Are & How to Use Them Properly

Brick tongs are very important to construction and masonry work. One good tool can last you a very long time. Here we explain what you use them for, and how you can to use them. Continue reading