While concrete is practical and versatile, it can also be a little unattractive if you stick with the plain grey type. Get concrete that looks amazing while still having all the attributes of traditional concrete (strength, durability, etc) by using exposed aggregate concrete. Read on for more.
Exposed aggregate concrete is concrete that has aggregates (stones, pebbles etc) through the concrete that is exposed through the top of concrete using special techniques so that you can see it. Essentially, it is that type of concrete that looks like it has pebbles or stones set through it. Exposed aggregate concrete is perfect for driveways, entertaining areas, and pathways but can be used anywhere outdoors.
The aggregates are available in many different colours, and you also have the option of colouring your concrete a contrasting or complementary colour in order to create a huge range of different looks. The aggregates are also available in different sizes. To finish the concrete, any loose or slurried concrete is removed using an acid wash, and then the whole thing is sealed using a special concrete sealer.
Exposed aggregate concrete needs to be installed by a concreting professional as they are experienced in working with different size and shape aggregates and know the best ways to ensure a perfect finish. Ensure that your professional is qualified, licensed and insured, and that they provide a detailed and reasonable quote for the concrete that includes everything, from preparation right through to the sealer.
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