Exposed aggregate concrete refers to a type of decorative finish in which the cement paste on the surface is washed away to reveal the aggregates in the concrete. This is one of the oldest types of decorative concrete that is still widely used today on sidewalks, driveways, patios, and porches. A few things have improved with it over the years such as integral coloring and better sealers.
There are three different methods for producing this finish:
These are a few advantages of exposed aggregate concretes:
- Relatively inexpensive when compared to other decorative methods such as stamping and stenciling.
- Provides rugged and slip resistant surface.
- Many types and colors of aggregates are available.
- Looks nice next to plain concrete making it ideal for borders, bands, and accent designs.
- Hides dirt and minor stains.
- Very easy to maintain.