Exposed Finish Concrete
Exposed aggregate concrete is a captivating and versatile option that adds texture and character to both indoor and outdoor spaces. This decorative concrete finish is achieved by removing the top layer of cement paste to reveal the aggregate materials underneath. The process involves meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail:
- Surface Preparation: The concrete is poured and leveled, with carefully chosen aggregate materials strategically placed within the mix.
- Setting and Curing: Once the concrete has set but is still workable, it is carefully washed, brushed, or blasted to remove the top layer of cement paste. This exposes the aggregates while creating a unique, textured appearance. At Concrete Experts, we prefer sandblasting because it gives greater consistency in the final product. Learn more about our sandblasting process!
- Sealing: Exposed aggregate surfaces must be sealed upon installation and every 2-4 years in order to protect the surface and provide an enhanced aesthetics. Sealers can provide a glossy or matte finish, depending on the desired look.
Exposed aggregate concrete showcases the natural beauty of the materials embedded within it, making it a popular choice for pathways, driveways, patios, and even interior floors. Its slip-resistant surface, durability, and distinctive aesthetics make it a fantastic option for those looking to combine practicality with visual appeal, adding a touch of elegance to any architectural design. Whether you prefer the rugged charm of rough stones or the gleam of polished glass, exposed aggregate concrete offers a wealth of creative possibilities for your space.
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Exposed Aggregate vs Other Concrete Finishes
Exposed aggregate is designed as a middle ground between aesthetics and practicality. It will require regular sealing, but is less prone to wear and tear compared to stamped finishes. If it does crack, the cracks can easily be disguised with wet-look epoxy crack repair! This finish can stand up remarkably well to vehicle traffic, and is eye-catching. Ask our sales team about specialty rock mixes!
Exposed aggregate is celebrated for its natural, textural beauty, while stamped concrete offers endless design possibilities. Broom finish concrete, on the other hand, provides a cost-effective, no-frills option that excels in functionality. All three options bring a touch of elegance to concrete surfaces, offering a diverse range of decorative possibilities to suit your unique project.