Masonry Basics: Bricks, Blocks, and How It's All Made

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Bricks are literally the building blocks of masonry. We use them for creating structures and pavement every day. You probably live or work in a building made of bricks, or you walk on streets or sidewalks of them. The brick material is so useful because it’s incredibly long-lasting and strong, but what it’s actually made up of — and what the different kinds are used for — can vary a lot. Here’s the deal. Continue reading

Corners You Definitely Shouldn't Cut When Working with Concrete

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As a concrete supply house in Chicago, we see everyone from general contractors to newly trained masons. While you might not need to buy cinder blocks or ladder mesh reinforcement just yet, you can always use tips for working safely. We don’t want anyone to cut corners when it comes to concrete.  Continue reading

5 Most Important Safety Tips for Construction & Masonry

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Unless you’re a seasoned professional — and even then, you always have workplace safety on your mind — construction and masonry projects require serious care and attention to oneself and one’s surroundings. Here are our top five most important construction safety tips for (relative) beginners. Continue reading

Elston Essentials: Construction & Masonry Materials You Can't Work Without

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Find construction supplies to get the job done properly. Mortar like Maxi-Mix is the crucial foundation to your work. (Plus, Maxi-Mix will make your life as a contractor or builder easier.) Plan to cut precisely and efficiently with diamond blades. Choose the right rebar. And stock up on everything else — from edgers to trowels to levels — that you might need to get the job done. Continue reading

Some Constructive Thoughts on Why Your Materials Matter

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Now more than ever, we consider the far-reaching effects of our choices and the items we use. This isn’t limited to masonry and construction, either. Your average homeowner just a decade or two ago might not have been able to tell you what materials their home was built with. But times are changing. The construction materials we choose — and where we get them — matter. Not only to contractors and builders, but to all of us. Whether you own or rent your property, chances are you’re invested in that very building’s impact. Continue reading