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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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

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