Masonry and Concrete: What is the Difference?

The phrase “masonry and concrete” gets thrown around a lot in construction. But what does that actually mean? And what are the differences between the two? We’ll break it down so you can have an easy guide.

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How is Split Face Block Made?

Split face block is one of the more interesting building materials. It has many advantages and is often use for building exteriors, especially in cities. But how is it made? And how does that affect its quality? We’ve answered all your questions about it.

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Are You Prepared for Chicago Construction Season?

The snow is finally melting, sunlight is lasting longer, and spring is in the air! While it’s not Chicago construction season just yet, we’re almost there. As you prepare for the projects you’ve got coming up, make sure you’re getting the best supplies available. These are some of the most in-demand Chicago construction materials so you can hit the ground running!

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Main Advantages of Ready Mix Concrete

Ready mix concrete has many advantages. These four major advantages are main reasons why we’re seeing more and more people shift to ready mix.. Looking for ready mix? We have those answers too. Learn why you should consider ready mix for your next project.

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How to Prevent Concrete Cracking

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As the weather changes and concrete expands and contracts, it can begin to crack. Obviously you don’t want to deal with the stress and expense of fixing these concrete cracks. Take these four steps when you pour concrete in order to prevent concrete cracking.

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Get the Best Chicago Masonry Supplies

When you need masonry supplies, you want the best. Get the best Chicago masonry supplies at Elston Materials, Chicago’s #1 masonry and construction supply company. Find out why we’re the contractor’s choice for masonry supplies and building materials!

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Why Shop Local Chicago Construction Companies?

This year, we’ve seen a big push to shop local. And we couldn’t agree more. But while the focus of this push is often on artisan wares, it applies to the construction industry as well, especially the concrete and masonry supply side. Learn why it’s important to shop local Chicago construction companies.

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All About Concrete Stamps and Textures

Concrete stamps and textures can help you add extra to your concrete pour. These stamps and textures allow you to add patterns or detail to your concrete driveway, walkways and more!

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How to Repair Cracked Concrete

With weather and temperature changes, concrete can crack fairly easily. When you’ve got cracked concrete, it can look unsightly and become annoying. Here are three easy steps to repair cracked concrete so you don’t have to worry about it any longer.

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Top 5 Rainy Season Construction Tips

Rainy season construction can be a hassle, but it doesn't have to be

Well, it’s officially rainy season in Chicago! This year’s been especially rainy, and all that rain can affect your construction projects! When you’re taking on rainy season construction, it can seem like a hassle to try to work around the weather and get everything completed. Here are 5 tips to make your rainy season construction project as hassle-free as possible.

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