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

Water Repellents for Masonry: Different Uses, Different Materials

Water repellents are not actually necessary to set masonry, but we do use them and sell them. We find that some masons (and their clients) depend on these incorrectly. People like to think that they don’t need to maintain their brick and concrete work as much if it’s “protected” with water repellents. But this is not the case. Continue reading

Planning the Patio of Your Dreams

Concrete patios are trending right now. Whether you’re looking to install a brand-new patio or refurbish an old one, here’s a little inspiration to get you started.  Continue reading

What Is Masonry?

We provide thousands of tools, products, and materials for use in masonry. Whether you’re working with a general contractor or an architect, “masonry” may come into conversation. This can confuse the uninitiated. We decided to break down this trade and explain more about our work and the work of our clients, for anyone out there unfamiliar with or new to it. Continue reading

5 Decorative Concrete Projects to Inspire You (Or Just Dream About)

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When you’re constantly working with and supplying materials like concrete to general contractors, masons, and other clients, it’s exciting to see what decorative projects others are working on. Sure, we’ve got skin in the game here. We’ve got the concrete and the blocks. But who’s to deny us some possible inspiration? Continue reading

A 21st-Century Concrete Supply House

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Concrete is incredibly versatile and durable. It’s the most widely used man-made material in the world. Sure, we’re a concrete supply house, and we have a vested interest in supplying it. We wanted to explain some of the benefits and the role of concrete in 2017. Continue reading