These finishes are as robust and durable as simple concrete. However, an aggregate surface may be more susceptible to weathering and deterioration due to its textured surface. Both solid concrete (with a standard wrought finish) and aggregate inputs are long-lasting options. Aggregate driveways are often referred to as exposed aggregates because gravel (or stone chips, in some cases) in the concrete mix is partially exposed on the finished surface.
The added variations allow you to add color and texture to your entrance, creating an attractive design that coordinates with your home and landscape. A standard concrete finish is relatively smooth and, for a doorway, generally includes a broom finish for added slip resistance. When it comes to decorative concrete projects, exposed aggregate is a cost-effective option that will look great, make surfaces safer, and last for decades with minimal maintenance. However, it needs sealing often, so it requires a little more maintenance than concrete. Learn more about sealing concrete for your next project, and if you need help, don't hesitate to contact us. Exposed aggregate differs from normal concrete in two key respects.
First, the top layer of aggregate visibly protrudes from the pavement surface. Secondly, instead of the monotonous gray gravel used as an aggregate in common concrete, homeowners can choose from a wide range of decorative aggregates. Aggregate entrances are particularly susceptible to weathering and deterioration due to their textured surfaces. The uneven surface of exposed aggregate concrete works well as a sound barrier for homes, absorbing sound waves and reducing echoes. Exposed aggregate concrete, when used around swimming pools, may be lower depending on the chemicals used in your pool, but it can still be expected to last 15-20 years or longer with proper care. Contractors can further improve traction by altering the size of the aggregate particles used, as well as their shape and surface texture.
However, the exposed aggregate is also more weather resistant, more wear resistant, requires little maintenance and is easy to clean. Surfaces made from exposed aggregates not only look and perform better, but they also add more long-term value to your home. Burnishing the existing aggregate saves you money since there is no need to remove the concrete you have installed. One of the benefits of the above aggregate is that it does not require extensive maintenance to preserve its appearance. If you start to see dirt and grime build up, a good pressure wash with medium to low jet intensity can easily remove dirt from your aggregate stones. Exposed aggregate concrete has a natural degree of immunity to chipping since contractors have already removed the surface layer of cement paste during installation.
Concrete with exposed aggregates also has the advantage of being visually appealing with a wide range of colors and textures to choose from. You may want to keep the aggregate exposed which is still thought to be the best option because of its texture. It involves mixing or metering the aggregate into the concrete mix at the concrete plant before delivering and placing the concrete at the project site. If you already have exposed aggregate, you can do it polish which is the beauty of this type of surface. However, it should be noted that although polished concrete coating is durable it tends to crack when exposed to high temperatures. Both concrete and exposed aggregate concrete from Hamilton paving contractors such as Pro Pavement Services Ltd.