Exposed Aggregate Concrete
Exposed Aggregate Concrete Transforms Your Property
Exposed aggregate concrete landscaping is an incredible way to take your outdoor space to the next level! Exposed aggregate transforms your property into a modern, stylish oasis while offering countless benefits, including increased durability, reduced maintenance costs, and improved safety. In addition, you don’t have to worry about cracks or chips with exposed aggregate because it’s made of high-quality polymeric cement that can withstand environmental factors like extreme temperatures and moisture.
Plus, it’s slip-resistant and easier to clean than other paving materials. Not only does this type of landscaping look great, but it will also last you years without needing repairs or replacements. So get ready for a stunning backyard that you’ll proudly show off to friends and family!
Stylish Exposed Aggregate Concrete!
Exposing the aggregate in your concrete will give it a one-of-a-kind and modern appearance. The term “exposed aggregate” describes the procedure of exposing the aggregate, or the large stones or other materials, put into the concrete to produce a textured and unique finish. Exposed aggregate improves the functionality of your surface and gives it a unique aesthetic touch.
Skip’s Construction design experts will walk you through the process, explaining how different types of exposed aggregate can affect the surface’s aesthetics and functionality. Explore the options available for aggregate, including the ever-popular granite and limestone, gravel, crushed stone, ornamental stone, pebbles, basalts, quartzite, and crushed glass.
The appearance and texture can also be affected by how the aggregate is exposed, which can be done in many ways, such as by adding it when mixing, by spreading a thin layer of specialty aggregate mix on top, or by seeding it into the surface while it’s still wet. To make the best decision for your project, you must be familiar with the benefits and disadvantages of each process. Try exposed aggregate concrete now and see the impact it makes!
Types of Aggregates (Stones)
Because of its durability, low upkeep requirements, and attractive finish, exposed aggregate concrete is popular for patios and driveways. While the concrete itself is a homogenous mixture of cement, aggregate, and water, the finish of the concrete is determined by the type of aggregate chosen. Generally, stones with a smaller diameter will give a more even finish, while stones with a larger diameter will have a more rustic, rough look. Here are the types of stones most commonly used in exposed aggregate finishes:
River Gravel: River gravel is economical for an exposed aggregate finish and provides a smooth, glassy surface. River gravel is rounded and has an earthy style, with the addition of brown or rust tones to create a distinctive pattern. The size of the gravel pieces varies but typically ranges from 2″ to 4″ in diameter.
Pebbles: Pebbles are typically used for a more decorative finish, as they are usually more colorful than river gravel and provide a greater texture. These round rocks come in various sizes, from tiny (1/4 inch) for a smoother finish to larger sizes (up to 2 inches in diameter) for a more rustic, textured appearance.
Glass Beads: Glass beads are typically the most petite stones used in exposed aggregate finishes, ranging from 1/8 inch to 1/2 inch in diameter. The clear glass offers a unique, shimmery look that reflects light, which is especially attractive when used around pools, water features, and pathways. It can also be combined with larger stones for a more decorative finish.
Marble Chips: Marble chips are a type of rock that comes in various colors, from grey to pink to yellow. Marble chips are typically larger than other stones used in exposed aggregate finishes, ranging from 0.25 to 1 inch in diameter. Due to their larger size, marble chips give a more rustic, rugged look and can be used to create intricate patterns and designs.
Shells: Shells are a popular choice for exposed aggregate finishes because they offer a unique, beach-like look. Shells are usually smaller than other stones, ranging from 0.125″ to 0.5″ in diameter. This type of stone is perfect for swimming pool decks, driveways, and walkways near or on a beach.
Lava Rock: Lava rock is a stone formed from cooled lava. It has an attractive, rugged texture and a unique, natural finish. Lava rock is generally offered in various sizes, ranging from 1/4 inch to 2 inches in diameter.