Exposed aggregate is a fantastic and versatile way to achieve a stylish look for your home outdoor areas such as driveways, paths & patios, or to replace existing concrete areas. Exposed aggregate concrete is simply a mix of cement and selected stones to achieve a fantastic natural look for your outdoor areas.
Parker Concrete is the leading supplier of exposed aggregate in Perth.
You can choose between various combinations of cement colours and what type of stones should be used to contrast it. Compared to paving with bricks or pavers, it’s an extremely affordable choice and because it has no gaps within each section weeds and ants can’t make their home underneath.
Exposed Aggregate Driveways
Exposed aggregate driveways are a great way to achieve a stylish look for your drive, and it’s also highly durable. Traction can be enhanced by careful choice of aggregate, while a whole palette of dyes is available to give you the colour you want. Apart from looking far superior to ordinary concrete driveways, exposed aggregate is skid and slip resistant and due to the stones/pebbles absorbing most of the pressure, exposed aggregate concrete is also more durable.
Exposed Aggregate Patios
As well as on driveways, exposed aggregate can be used to great effect in other areas surrounding the home. Patios, pool decks and other al fresco areas can be finished in exposed aggregate. Being level, traction may be a lesser consideration, allowing the use of natural, uncrushed smooth river stones which look great and feel pleasant under foot. Again, a rainbow of coloured dyes is available to complete the look.
Exposed Aggregate Paths
Like driveways, paths around the home need a good friction surface, particularly if they are on an incline. An exposed crushed aggregate finish will provide the grip you need. As with driveways, you can choose from a wide variety of colours. There is a wide variety of paving colours and textures to choose from, allowing you to select the perfect match for your home.
Exposed Aggregate FAQ
Is exposed aggregate expensive?
Generally speaking, exposed aggregate concrete is at the top of the food chain for concrete products and therefore is often the most expensive option. This is due to the amount of labour involved in creating the finish, including brushing the concrete.
Can you pressure wash exposed aggregate?
To properly clean your exposed aggregate concrete using a pressure washer, you should begin by sweeping away surface dirt and debris. Depending on the type of stain you have on your concrete, apply a driveway cleaning chemical, however, we recommend contacting Parker Concrete before choosing a cleaning product. Using a hard brush or broom, gently scrub the surface of your driveway. Finally, to remove cleaning products and stains, use a high-pressure washer to wash the surface of your driveway while wearing appropriate PPE. Please ensure you set your pressure washer to lower pressure to ensure you do not damage or loosen the aggregate.
How often would you reseal exposed aggregate concrete?
Parker Concrete recommends re-sealing your exposed aggregate driveway every 3-4 years. However, resealing may need to be performed sooner, depending on weather conditions and traffic on the driveway.
Does exposed aggregate crack?
This is the million-dollar question related to exposed aggregate! Parker Concrete does not supply the concrete mixture, however, we install exposed aggregate to all certified Australian standards. Included in our installation, we ensure the slab is 100mm in thickness and has long-lasting strength with the use of reinforced mesh. Expansion foam is used where concrete meets another structure, which allows the concrete to move and breathe. Finally, the exposed aggregate concrete is cut with a diamond saw every 1.5 – 2 metres. No cracking is something that can’t be guaranteed, but Parker Concrete ensures the installation of a high-quality product, utilising all structurally safe methods.