Exposed aggregate is a popular type of decorative concrete. It is created by removing the top layer of cement paste exposing the internal aggregates. It can be used for a wide variety of surfaces including driveways, floors, outdoor entertainment areas, paths, walkways, pool surrounds, wall, slabs and more.

Types of Exposed Aggregate

Although there are only a few types of finishes, you can combine them in a variety of different combinations to create a completely individual look. The 4 main types of finishes are:

  • Standard Aggregate – Aggregate is mixed into the cement before it is laid. Requires an experienced hand to achieve the right balance and ensure durability.
  • Topping Aggregate – A more controlled method as a thin layer of aggregate is poured on a base of solid cement
  • Seeded Aggregate – While quite an exhaustive process, seeded aggregate ensures a meticulous finish as the aggregates are placed little by little onto the wet surface.
  • Polished Aggregate – Ideal for indoor areas where it won’t be in contact with water because polished aggregate can be slippery. You can choose high shine or dull matte.

Advantages Of Exposed Aggregate

Exposed aggregate is attractive and affordable. It blends well with most surfaces including other decorative concrete. Other advantages of exposed aggregate include:

  • Durable
  • Skid Resistant
  • Weather Resistant
  • Versatile (many colours and design options)
  • Wears Well
  • Low Maintenance (wash with water and re-seal every few years)
  • Adds Value to Your Home
  • Easy Installation

Exposed Aggregate In Geelong

If you are looking for a concrete contractor in Geelong experienced with exposed aggregate, talk to L & A Martino. We have been in the concrete business for over 25 years and produce only the highest quality concrete surface. Talk to us today about exposed aggregate or our other concreting services.