Exposed Aggregate: The Best Paving Option for Your Home

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If you are looking for a paving option with a significant impact, exposed aggregate is the way to go. This material is made up of crushed stone that has been exposed to the elements, giving it a unique and attractive appearance. Exposed aggregate is becoming increasingly popular because of its durability and low maintenance requirements. This blog post will discuss the benefits of exposed aggregate and show you how to select the correct colour and texture for your home.  

Exposed aggregate is a cost-effective and popular way to give old or new concrete an appealing look. It features the main characteristic of robust and durable material used in public areas like footpaths and driveways and more private ones such as patios, plazas, and pools decks. This makes it very versatile for various applications where durability will take over importance. 

The popularity of exposed aggregate concrete is undeniable. Aside from being durable against heavy traffic and often cheaper than other decorative techniques, here's why it rules: 

  • The material of this option is very versatile, allowing for a customised look. The only maintenance that needs to be done on occasion is sealing the finish and cleaning it up from time to time with soap or water if needed! 
  • The surface is rugged, making it less likely to slip.
  • Highly resistant to harsh weather conditions, it can withstand all climates.
  • This technique uses the fewest tools and only requires completing your project.
  • It is the more popular decorative concrete technique, and for a good reason. It's easy to learn with many benefits.
  • This technique has been popular since the early 20th century. However, it continues to be so with contractors discovering new creative ways.  

Common Ways Of Achieving Exposed Aggregate Concrete Are As Follows  

  1. Surface Dressing - This process is a lot more time-consuming than other methods, but it creates an exquisite look for small projects. First, you have to tap the cement about 5-9mm below where we want our finish level and then seed aggregates onto freshly placed moistened concrete before patting down heavily with your feet or tools of choice (for heavier weights). 
  1. Washed to Expose - When the surface of new concrete is washed away, it is exposed to reveal its aggregates. The fines that make up these particles can be found near them and will likely end up on your project if you use this method for commercial or heavy-duty applications. 

When choosing decorative aggregate, keep in mind that the type will determine your project's colour palette and impact its overall cost. There are many reasonably priced aggregates to choose from with excellent results. Besides this factor like hardness or size, you should consider locally produced stones because they are more economical than many other sources available on countertops around town. 

To Conclude  

Exposed aggregate concrete is a great way to add extra flair and visual interest. The different textures of stones create an intriguing surface that will draw your eye and make you want to stop what's up to take notice.  

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