You might know Elston Materials as Chicago’s #1 Source for Masonry Construction Supplies. However, what exactly is masonry? Let’s investigate a little bit more about one of the oldest construction techniques in the world.

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Should You Use Cultured Stone?

Cultured stone has many uses in modern construction. But should you use cultured stone? We cover the reasons why you might want it for your next project as well as the difference between cultured and natural stone.

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Top 4 Reasons You Should Use Stone Veneer

Should you use stone veneer for your project? With so many options in the world of veneer stone, it can be difficult to decide whether or not you should use it. These 4 reasons to use stone veneer should help you decide if this is right for you.

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Tips for Perfectly Decorating Your Fireplace for the Holidays

As the holidays approach, people are beginning to decorate their homes. We’ve got some tips for decorating your fireplace. Whether you have a stone or brick fireplace, these decorations will look great on your mantle!

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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)

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