Exposed aggregate is a widely popular concrete application that is perfectly suited to the outdoor areas of your home.
Its ability to be customised with different types of stones and colours makes it a popular option for any new home build or renovation, while the versatility of this concrete style allows you to create a design and finish that is unique, complimentary, and will add value to your property.
This type of decorative concrete finish is produced first by creating a mix of coloured and various sized stones that come in a ready-mix concrete or customised to your liking. From here the mix is delivered and poured for your project over a flattened area of sand and gravel. Then a retardant is applied to prevent the top 3 – 5mm of concrete from setting, which allows for concrete contractors to expose the stones. To expose the multi-coloured stones, the top layer of cement is removed through a special process, exposing the natural stones in the concrete.
Quartz, pebbles, and sand are the most commonly used, but granite and other natural stones are sometimes added to an application to create a stylish finish.
Introduced during the 1950’s, exposed aggregate became a standout feature for homes worldwide, popular for its timeless look and long life. Popular across driveways and paths, it has jumped back on the home renovators and new home trend lists, with the popularity of mid-century modern style design has rising over the past decade.
Still on the fence if exposed aggregate is the right choice for your new home or renovation? Have a look at the many benefits of installing this decorative concrete around your property:
Exposed aggregate is a hard wearing application that can take on the heaviest foot traffic. As a composite material, it is sturdy, weather resistant and designed to last the lifetime of your home if maintained properly. The only other products that are considered equal are stones like marble and slate, which tend to be extremely expensive to install.
There’s very little you need to do to take care of your application to keep it looking fresh and new. Giving it a spray with a pressure washer 1-2 times per year with a cleaning solution is about all you’ll need to keep it looking great.
It is recommended that re-seal your exposed aggregate area every 3-5 years to maintain it’s durability, colour and lustre.
The amazing thing about this type of concrete finish is that no two finished projects look the same. With the limitless stones, colours, sizes and finishes available for you to choose from, you are able to create a concrete design for your homes outdoor areas that will truly be one of a kind.
It’s no secret that the addition of decorative concrete not only adds style to your property, it can also help increase the value of it as well. Investing in the exterior and outdoor living spaces of your house, creates more aesthetically pleasing spaces that make your property look more valuable to potential buyers.
You don’t have to worry about slip ups on your floor, as the exposed stones in the concrete act as a skid resistant coating across the application. This makes it perfect for pool surrounds, alfresco areas, driveways, decks and garden terraces.
For commercial properties, exposed aggregate is a great option for carparks and pathways, while also having it honed for use across lobbies, shopping centres, and office halls.
Exposed aggregate is about 80% cheaper than other natural stones like marble and slate. While there are other options that are more affordable, the benefits of having an exposed finish installed for your project over a cheaper material are vast.
The lifetime and timelessness of the application alone, is enough to consider it for your next concreting job or project. You can potentially cut costs for your project by sourcing locally made aggregate products and hiring a team of professionals, like the team at Terrastone.
Disclaimer: The enclosed swatches were accurately matched. However, variations in colour between swatches and the actual concrete colour achieved on your job can occur due to differences in finishing techniques, curing methods, environmental conditions, the type and slump of concrete as well as the raw materials used.