The Advantages of Using a Volumetric Concrete Mixers

As a family owned and operated business, Elston Materials is dedicated to providing clients with the best masonry results. As part of our effort to deliver unparalleled service – at a reasonable cost – we depend on volumetric concrete mixers. The advantages are irrefutable.

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Concrete and Chicago's Famous Architecture

In the Windy City, you’d better be sure your structure is sturdy. Now we all know the moniker pertains to politics, but as it turns out Chicago really does have a reliable backbone. What’s it made out of? None other than concrete.

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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

You Ask, We Answer: How Is Concrete Actually Made?

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Concrete is among the most sustainable materials available today. So what exactly makes it “green,” and how is it made? 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