Exposed Aggregate Concrete:  An In-Depth Look

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As a concrete contracting company with years of experience in both residential and commercial projects, we have worked on various surfaces, including driveways, slabs, patios, sheds, and pool surrounds. One of the most popular decorative options we’ve utilized is exposed aggregate concrete. This article explores its benefits, drawbacks, and the process of creating this versatile material.

What is Exposed Aggregate Concrete?

Exposed aggregate concrete is a type of surface finish achieved by removing the top layer of cement paste to reveal the underlying aggregates (such as stones, pebbles, or shells) embedded within the concrete. This method results in a unique, textured appearance that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

How is Exposed Aggregate Concrete Created?

  1. Mixing: The process begins with mixing concrete, which includes the aggregates intended to be exposed. These aggregates can be natural stones, pebbles, or manufactured materials.
  2. Pouring: The mixed concrete is then poured into the designated area, such as a driveway or patio.
  3. Leveling and Smoothing: Once poured, the surface is leveled and smoothed out to ensure even distribution.
  4. Surface Treatment: After the concrete begins to set, the top layer of cement paste is removed. This can be done using various techniques, such as water washing, abrasive blasting, or using a surface retarder.
  5. Sealing: Finally, a sealant is applied to enhance the colour of the aggregates, provide protection, and ensure durability.
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Pros of Exposed Aggregate Concrete

  1. Durability: Exposed aggregate concrete is known for its longevity and can withstand heavy traffic and adverse weather conditions without significant wear and tear.
  2. Low Maintenance: This type of concrete requires minimal upkeep. Regular cleaning and resealing every few years can keep it looking new.
  3. Aesthetic Appeal: With a wide variety of colors and textures available, exposed aggregate concrete can be customized to fit any design preference, adding visual interest to any project.
  4. Slip-Resistant: The textured surface provides better traction (particularly on driveways and paths) compared to smooth concrete, making it a safer option for walkways and pool surrounds.
  5. Cost-Effective: While the initial installation may be higher, the low maintenance and long lifespan make it a cost-effective choice over time.

Cons of Exposed Aggregate Concrete

  1. Installation Complexity: The process of exposing the aggregates requires skilled professionals to ensure a high-quality finish.
  2. Initial Cost: The initial cost can be higher than standard concrete due to the additional materials and labor involved.
  3. Repair Challenges: Matching the exact look of the original aggregate can be difficult if repairs are needed.
  4. Potential for Surface Wear: Without proper maintenance, the surface can become smooth over time, reducing its slip-resistant properties.
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Why Choose Us for Your Project?

  • Experience: With years in the industry, we have the expertise to deliver high-quality results on both residential and commercial projects.
  • Quality Materials: We use only the best materials to ensure the durability and aesthetic appeal of your exposed aggregate concrete.
  • Skilled Craftsmanship: Our team of professionals is highly skilled in the installation and maintenance of exposed aggregate concrete, ensuring a flawless finish.
  • Customer Satisfaction: We prioritize our clients’ satisfaction, providing personalized service and attention to detail in every project.
  • Comprehensive Services: From initial consultation to final sealing, we offer comprehensive services to meet all your concrete needs.

For more information or to request a quote, contact us today. Let us help you enhance your property with the timeless beauty and durability of exposed aggregate concrete.


Exposed aggregate concrete is a decorative surface finish achieved by removing the top layer of cement paste to reveal embedded aggregates like stones and pebbles.

It involves mixing concrete with chosen aggregates, pouring and leveling it, treating the surface to remove the top layer, and sealing it for protection and durability.

Durability, low maintenance, aesthetic variety, slip resistance, and cost-effectiveness over time.

Requires professional installation, higher initial cost, potential repair challenges, and the need for regular maintenance to prevent surface wear.

Yes, it is highly durable and can withstand heavy traffic, making it ideal for driveways.

It should be sealed every few years to maintain its appearance and protect it from wear and tear.

Yes, it comes in various colors and textures, allowing for customization to match different design preferences.Content

The textured surface provides better traction compared to smooth concrete, making it less slippery when wet.

While the initial cost may be higher than standard concrete, its low maintenance and longevity make it a cost-effective option over time.

With over 15 years of experience, we offer skilled craftsmanship, quality materials, personalized service, and comprehensive project management from start to finish.

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