What Is Exposed Aggregate Concrete?



Exposed aggregate concrete features a smooth surface with a layer of decorative stones or pebbles exposed on the surface.

The stones used in exposed aggregate concrete are typically 7mm or 15mm in size, and the top layer of cement is removed to reveal the aggregate.

This type of concrete is often used for decorative purposes, such as in driveways, patios, and sidewalks. It offers a unique and attractive appearance while still maintaining the durability and functionality of traditional concrete.

Why Should You Get Exposed Aggregate Concrete?



Exposed aggregate concrete is a great choice for those looking for a durable, attractive and elegant surface for their home or property.

The exposed stones in the concrete provide an additional layer of strength and resistance to wear and tear compared to traditional concrete surfaces.

It can also add a unique and visually appealing look to your property, increasing the perceived value of your home. The combination of stones and cement also creates a more elegant and refined look than plain cement and sand surfaces.

Plus, it's one of the longest lasting surfaces you can have for your property.

What Are The Different Types of Exposed Aggregate Concrete Options?



There are several different types of exposed aggregate concrete options to choose from. Some popular options include:

  • Natural aggregate uses natural stones, such as pebbles or river rocks, to create a unique and natural look.
  • Colored aggregate concrete uses colored stones to create a more vibrant and colorful surface.
  • Polished aggregate concrete uses smooth and polished stones to create a sleek and modern look.
  • Sandblasted aggregate concrete uses a sandblasting technique to create a rough and textured surface.
  • Exposed aggregate stamped concrete creates a stamped pattern to mimic the look of other materials such as brick, cobblestone, and slate.
  • Exposed aggregate with glass adds glass to the exposed aggregate to create a unique and sparkling surface.
  • Exposed aggregate with shells adds shells to the exposed aggregate to create a beachy and coastal look.

How To Choose The Right Concrete Design For You?



When choosing the right exposed aggregate concrete design for your project, there are a few things to consider:

  • LOCATION
    The location of the exposed aggregate concrete surface will play a role in which design or material is best suited. For example, a natural aggregate design may work well for a backyard patio, while a polished aggregate design may be more appropriate for a driveway.

  • AESTHETICS
    Consider the overall aesthetic of your home or property, and choose a design that complements the existing style. Think about the colors and patterns that will work best with the existing architecture and landscape.

  • DURABILITY
    Consider the level of foot traffic and wear and tear that the surface will be exposed to. Some designs, such as polished aggregate, may be more prone to scratches and stains, while natural aggregate is more durable.

  • BUDGET
    Exposed aggregate concrete can vary in cost depending on the type of aggregate and the complexity of the design.

  • MAINTENANCE
    Some designs may require more maintenance than others. For example, polished aggregate will need regular resealing to maintain its shine, while natural aggregate may require less upkeep.

Frequently Asked Questions



It’s easy to understand why people are drawn to this material—it’s durable, slip-resistant, and aesthetically pleasing. But with such a versatile product come many questions.

How much does exposed aggregate cost?
Our product is competitively priced so you can get the best value for your money.
How thick is it?
The thickness of exposed aggregate concrete can vary depending on the specific project and location. But, it is typically between 3-4 inches thick.
What MPa does it have?
It has a 32MPa (MegaPascal) rating over 25MPa. This means it is incredibly durable and resilient against wear, tear, and foot traffic.
Is it slippery?
Despite its thickness, exposed aggregate concrete provides a smooth finish with excellent grip. You can easily walk on it barefoot without any fear of slipping or sliding due to its consistent finish.
What design options are available for exposed aggregate concrete?
We offer a wide range of options including natural, coloured, polished, and sandblasted aggregate. Unique choices like glass or shell-infused aggregate are also available for a distinctive look.
Can you help me choose the right exposed aggregate for my project?
Absolutely! Our experts will guide you through the selection process, considering factors like location, aesthetics, durability, and maintenance to ensure you find the perfect match for your needs.
What makes exposed aggregate concrete a good choice for my property?
Exposed aggregate concrete is durable, functional, and at the same time also adds aesthetic appeal to your property. It's versatile for various applications like driveways, patios, and walkways.
How does Cube Concreting ensure quality in exposed aggregate projects?
With over 20 years of experience, we prioritize precision, skill, and care in every project. Our commitment to quality ensures that your exposed aggregate concrete exceeds expectations.
How can I get started with my exposed aggregate concrete project?
Contact us today for a consultation. We'll discuss your vision, provide expert advice, and help you with your concrete aggregate needs.

Why Choose Us?



With over 20 years of experience in the industry, our team has perfected the art of laying exposed aggregate concrete. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality service and results that consistently meet expectations.

We understand that this type of project requires skill, precision, knowledge, and care - all elements we prioritize when working on any project for you.

Contact us today with any questions you may have or to request an estimate for your project - we’d be more than happy to help!

Why not get in touch for your free quote today!