The rock (aggregate) in the concrete mix is exposed by water pressure. Exposed aggregate concrete can almost be compared to a piece of granite or marble transformed by polishing: a plain, unremarkable surface has been stripped away to reveal the exceptional beauty lying beneath. In the case of concrete, that beauty is in the form of decorative aggregate.
The decorative process of exposing aggregate has been around since the early 1900s, well before stamped concrete, decorative overlays, etc. An exposed aggregate surface is obtained by pouring concrete and then removing the outer layer of cement cream to uncover decorative course stone. Because of it’s durability and skid resistance, an exposed aggregate finish is ideal for most flat work. With an exposed aggregate finish you can achieve spectacular effects at a more reasonable cost than pavers, bricks, cobbles, bluestone, or stamped concrete. The surface is rugged, non- skid, and resistant to heavy traffic and weather extremes. Many types and sizes of decorative aggregate are available to achieve unlimited color and texture variations. Exposed aggregate is highly versatile and contrasts beautifully with plain concrete or other decorative applications. Little maintenance is required, other then sealing and occasional cleaning. Applying a transparent commercial grade sealer to an exposed aggregate surface can improve both it’s performance and appearance. It will help protect against spalling, freeze- thaw damage, stains, salts, and abrasions. A sealer will also enhance the color of the aggregate accentuating it’s depth and richness. Exposed aggregate blends with almost any area using a gray or tan color.
Madison Maintenance LLC uses only the highest quality materials and workmanship. Our exposed aggregate concrete is the highest quality available in the business.
Please call for a free estimate (313) 885-8525 and our team of concrete experts will be happy to assist you in choosing a texture and color most aesthetically pleasing to your home and the surrounding landscape.
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