Discover High Quality Cement Blocks

At Elston Materials, we’re proud to offer high quality cement blocks. Our blocks offer many things that other companies can’t promise, and we are proud to provide contractors and DIY-ers alike with quality blocks that will last a long time. Learn more about why our cement blocks are the best around.

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Winter Construction Pros and Cons

Winter is rapidly approaching and with it comes the question: do I start construction now or wait for spring? Whether or not you should start winter construction is a complicated question–and made more complicated based on location. It might not be a big deal to start construction in November if you’re in Miami, but Chicago winters are notorious for lots of cold and snow. We’ll tackle some of the biggest pros and cons of winter construction so you know if it’s right for you.

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Should You Use Cultured Stone?

Cultured stone has many uses in modern construction. But should you use cultured stone? We cover the reasons why you might want it for your next project as well as the difference between cultured and natural stone.

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Mixing Mortar: Tips and Tricks

Mixing mortar is an art and we’re here with your guide. These tips and tricks will help ensure your concrete mortar is strong enough for whatever your next project is. Read on to learn more about mortar and how to mix the best.

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What are the Advantages of Volumetric Mixers?

What are the advantages of volumetric mixers? There are several! These top 3 advantages are reasons why you should consider using these mixers for your next project.

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Should you Start Fall Construction?

As summer ends, fall is here and winter looms on the horizon. So if you want to start a construction project before next year, your best option is fall construction. But is that a good idea? We have four reasons you should take on that project this fall so you don’t have to wait until spring!

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5 Creative Uses for Concrete Block

We all know that concrete block is essential for construction. But what if you have block leftover from your construction project? Or what if you simply want to do something different with it? These 5 uses for concrete block will let you stretch your creative muscles and add some beautiful touches to your home.

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Concrete vs Cement: What is the Difference?

Concrete vs cement — while the two are very similar materials, there are some important differences you need to know. We break down the major differences between the two as well as how you can ensure your concrete is strong.

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Should You Use Ready-Mix Concrete?

You’re beginning a new construction project and need to pour concrete. Should you use ready-mix concrete? We break down some of the ways you can tell if ready-mix is right for your next project.

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Finding the Best Small Job Concrete Suppliers

Sometimes, you don’t need large amounts of concrete–sometimes, you’re working on a job that requires only a small amount of concrete. So what’s the best small job concrete suppliers? We have all the information you need for finding the best in Chicago.

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