Home improvement trends come and go and usually end up coming full circle if given enough time. This can be demonstrated with the home driveway where the material of choice has switched between block paving, tarmac and concrete over the years.
The current surfacing of choice is exposed aggregate concrete which makes a great driveway surface for a variety of reasons. If you’re interested in what a new concrete driveway could do for you, read on to learn more.
What is Exposed Aggregate Concrete?
Despite being made from a defined set of base materials, concrete can take many forms. Most concrete used within the construction trade is structural where its overall appearance doesn’t matter as it will be hidden from public view.
Occasionally we’ll see a slightly more decorate type of concrete such as the polished concrete so prevalent in modern interior architecture where it’s used as a final floor surface as well as a finish for walls and columns for all to see.
Exposed aggregate combines the strength of concrete whilst giving it an aesthetic boost by showcasing the aggregate material that was used in the mix. What you will be able to notice is relatively large pieces of this aggregate visible within the surface which provide a nice pattern over a large surface area.
How Is It Made?
There are three tried and tested methods for revealing the aggregate in concrete that are commonly used. They consist of;
- Seeding the aggregate into the surface by adding it retrospectively once the slab has been poured.
- Mixing the aggregate into the concrete mix during the batching process.
- Mixing the aggregate into a separate batch of concrete and adding it to the surface once the base slab has been poured.
Each method has its pros and cons and will be chosen depending on the overall budget for the project as well as the type, size and quantity of aggregate required. Seeding the aggregate is usually the more cost effective option.
An Attractive Finish
I think we can all agree that plain concrete isn’t much to look at. Adding an aggregate large enough to be visible within the surface of any concrete slab is a great way to improve the overall look and feel of the concrete you have just poured.
In addition, the range of colours and patterns to choose from are extensive meaning you’re sure to find something unique that complements your home.
The layer of rough aggregate within the surface of the concrete will go a long way to increasing the overall levels of grip available – just what you need for a driveway in an area that sees frequent rainfall.
Order Your Exposed Aggregate Concrete
Simply get in touch with your local concrete supplier to discuss your options. You will find that most have a great deal of experience in all types of concrete and will be happy to provide you with some advice. Exposed aggregate in Melbourne is readily available so perform a web search or consult your local directory to find a suitable supplier near you. Make sure you shop around to obtain the best price.
Regular tarmac and concrete driveways will soon become a thing of the best when more people are made aware of the benefits of exposed aggregate concrete.