What is Masonry and Why is it Important?

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What is masonry? Why is it so important? These age-old questions have long plagued those outside the industry. But no more! We’re here with the answers to your questions.

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When to Use Concrete Block

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Concrete block is one of the most versatile construction materials. Its many uses means that you can use it for a variety of projects with great results. At Elston Materials, we provide our customers with high-quality, dependable products so you can create sturdy, dependable construction.

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All About Cement Blocks

Cement block are the fundamental building blocks–excuse the pun–of many construction projects. There are plenty of different types of these blocks, and each have their own strengths. We have some helpful info about each block’s strengths and weaknesses.

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

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

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

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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