In areas that experience extremes of weather, exposed aggregate offers a highly durable surface that doesn’t pit, peel, chip or crack. Even in locales that don’t experience extensive snow covers, extended periods of cold and frost can cause ordinary concrete to heave, bubble, buckle and sink, resulting in expensive repairs.
Exposed aggregate offers a highly desirable alternative, especially for driveways, that’s cost effective, decorative and environmentally-friendly. Exposed aggregate is created through a polishing process that’s performed when the concrete is poured and the finishing process is equally appropriate for older driveways.
Exposed aggregate takes its name from the process of polishing a concrete surface to expose the unique blend of aggregate material used in the formulation of the concrete. Aggregate concrete typically utilizes a combination of materials during the mixing process, both natural and manmade, that have been reclaimed from other processes that makes it eco-friendly.
Aggregate materials can vary widely among concrete companies and from area to area, but can include:
– Recycled concrete
– Crushed stone
– Granite and marble
– Gravel and sand
– Volcanic materials
The type, size and quantity of the aggregate used in each mix will affect drying time, density and appearance, making it essential that individuals consult with a concrete expert to determine the elements that will be used. Some concrete specialists will work with customers to incorporate specialized items such as seashells, beads, small metal objects and semi-precious stones.
Exposed aggregate Melbourne can be used for driveways and garage floors, patios, pool decks, plazas, and sidewalks and walkways. It’s equally appropriate for indoor floors. It’s a highly versatile medium that’s easy to clean, resistant to stains and salt used in cold climates, and requires little maintenance to keep it looking like new. Slip resistant finishes are available and are particularly advantageous if children will be playing on the surface.
The beauty of exposed aggregate can’t be denied and has led to the concrete being the primary choice for individuals who want decorative driveways that complement their property. No two exposed aggregate concrete surfaces are the same. Each is unique and specialized touches can be applied that gives it the appearance of expensive tile and the finest marble.