Fall tips for proactively preparing exterior masonry

If we’ve learned anything this 2020, it’s that we all have to be prepared and resilient. There’s one area where preparation and resiliency is relatively easy: masonry.  Masonry is built to last, which is why commercial building owners and residential homeowners choose to go with brick in the […]

Getting back to masonry work during COVID-19

Those working in construction are as anxious as any field to get back to work as states across the U.S. begin to open up again these weeks of summer 2020. While construction has been deemed an essential industry in many states, including in Illinois, there have been significant […]

15 construction or hobbyist gifts for father’s day

What could possibly be harder than a hard hat? Giving gifts! This Father’s Day, take some of the stress out of gift-giving for your favorite loved one in the construction business with our gift guide for construction workers. Whether your friends or family work in masonry, construction or […]

Why movement matters in masonry

When the dust settles on new construction, time will indicate what sets excellent masonry construction workmanship apart from less careful work. That’s because masonry exteriors will typically look the same upon job completion. However, expert masonry construction will stand the test of time by keeping moisture out and […]

Power Breakfast for Construction Workers

This National Nutrition Month is a great time to remind construction workers the importance of eating a hearty, healthy breakfast each day. Although the famous line “Breakfast the most important meal of the day” was invented by Caleb Jackson and John Harvey Kellogg as a marketing technique for […]

EIFS vs stucco

EIFS vs. Stucco: Here’s what you need to know

To the untrained eye, stucco and the newer synthetic alternative, Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS), can appear identical. It’s the actual properties and the installation of the two that sets them apart. Here are the basics on EIFS vs. stucco. Traditional stucco siding dates back to ancient days […]

5 masonry shortcuts to avoid

When you’re a builder, architect or general contractor, it’s essential to work with a masonry business you trust.  That’s because there’s a lot more to masonry than bricks, stone, mortar and grout. From the outside, nearly anyone in the field can make a structure look good. But, the […]

5 Safety Tips for the Winter Construction Site

In Chicago’s unpredictable winter, managing conditions on the construction site is always a challenge. With the cold and ice, conditions could become extremely dangerous on the construction site almost immediately.  Of course, safety is always our priority, especially in the winter with the possibility of slippery surfaces, cold-related […]

25 Gifts Every Construction Worker Needs in 2019

What could possibly be harder than a hard hat? Giving gifts! This holiday season, take some of the stress out of gift-giving for your favorite loved one in the construction business with our holiday gift guide for construction workers. Whether your friends or family work in masonry, construction […]