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What is Exposed Aggregate Concrete?

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If you're looking to add a touch of elegance and durability to your outdoor spaces, exposed aggregate might be the perfect solution. In this guide, we'll explore what exposed aggregate is, its benefits, and how it can transform your home's exterior. Join us on this journey as we uncover the beauty and versatility of exposed aggregate concrete.


What is Exposed Aggregate Concrete?

Exposed aggregate concrete is a type of decorative finish achieved by removing the top layer of concrete to reveal the aggregates (stones, pebbles, shells, or glass) embedded in the mix. This process exposes the natural beauty of the aggregates, creating a textured and visually appealing surface.

The Process: The process of creating exposed aggregate concrete involves pouring a mix of cement, sand, aggregate, and water onto a prepared surface. Once the concrete is partially set, the top layer of cement paste is removed using techniques such as washing, brushing, or blasting, to reveal the aggregates beneath


Benefits of Exposed Aggregate Concrete

  1. Aesthetic Appeal: Exposed aggregate offers a unique and natural appearance, adding character and texture to outdoor spaces.
  2. Durability: The exposed aggregates provide added strength and durability, making it suitable for high-traffic areas.
  3. Slip Resistance: The textured surface of exposed aggregate provides excellent traction, reducing the risk of slips and falls.
  4. Low Maintenance: Exposed aggregate requires minimal maintenance, with occasional sealing to enhance its longevity and appearance.
  5. Customization: With a variety of aggregate colors, shapes, and sizes available, you can create custom designs to suit your aesthetic preferences.


FAQs About Exposed Aggregate Concrete:

Q: Is exposed aggregate suitable for all climates? A: Yes, exposed aggregate is suitable for various climates, but it’s important to use appropriate sealing to protect against freeze-thaw cycles in colder climates.

Q: How long does exposed aggregate last? A: With proper installation and maintenance, exposed aggregate can last for many years, maintaining its beauty and durability.

Q: Can exposed aggregate be installed on existing concrete? A: Yes, exposed aggregate can be applied as an overlay on existing concrete surfaces, providing a cost-effective way to enhance the appearance of your outdoor areas.


Exposed aggregate concrete offers a beautiful and durable solution for enhancing outdoor spaces.

Whether you're looking to revitalize your driveway or create a stunning patio, exposed aggregate is a versatile option worth considering.

Contact us for a free consultation and learn how you can upgrade your home with exposed aggregate.

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