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Exposed aggregate has become a popular item for properties. The traditional look of concrete is cast aside in favour of something that has a bit more style. Dating back to the 1900s, the process of creating exposed aggregate not only creative's more decorative concrete, but comes with advantages. Here is some information about exposed aggregate and how Exposed Aggregate Applecross can make your driveway look amazing.
What is exposed aggregate?
Simply put, exposed aggregate is a concrete surface that is created when concrete is laid down, and then the outer layer of it is removed to reveal decorative pieces of coarse aggregate. These aggregate pieces are either seeded on the surface or mixed into the concrete batch before it's poured. Exposed aggregate is commonly found in flat work, such as patios, pool decks, sidewalks, plazas, and driveways, which are a specialty of Exposed Aggregate Applecross. Sound barrier walls, building faces, and retaining walls are vertical applications that can also use exposed aggregate.
What are the advantages of exposed aggregate?
One notable advantage of using exposed aggregate is the cost. The cost of putting down exposed aggregate with a special colour mix or design effects is relatively low, given that only basic finishing tools are needed to install it and there's nothing else beside the aggregate that needs to be put in it. In terms of functionality, exposed aggregate is a rugged surface that is resistant to skids, extreme weather, and intense traffic. Beyond sealing the surface and occasionally cleaning it, there is little maintenance to be done on exposed aggregate.
Where does the colour come from in exposed aggregate?
Exposed aggregate can come in a variety of colours, and these colours are created with the use of certain decorative stones. Some stones cost more than others and can add to the overall cost of the exposed aggregate. However, the most expensive stones aren't needed to make an aggregate that looked good. Quartz, granite, and basalt are natural stones that produce a rich colour and are quite popular. Seashells can be used as aggregate, and recycled coloured glass and other manufactured items can be turned into it.
Geological origins can have quite an effect on the colour that certain natural aggregates have. For example, limestone can produce gray aggregate, while basalt produces black, and river gravel will be a sandy brown. Red granite can produce a rich red hue, while rose quartz can produce as pastel pink look. While certain substance like iron pyrites and iron oxides may look good, they can stain the concrete when their aggregates are mixed with it, which can be a problem if you don't want this.
If a specific colour for the concrete is needed, it can be gradually integrated into the concrete as it's being mixed. Colour stains can also be used, and both will create colors that work well with each other.
What are the shapes and sizes of exposed aggregate?
Aggregates range from 3/8ths of an inch to 2 inches or larger in size. The depth of exposure is determined by size. Shape is a factor for exposed aggregate as well, because more coverage and surface that is smoother are given with rounded aggregates, while more dimension and texture are given with angular aggregates. Sliver and flat aggregate pieces can become easily dislodged and should be avoided.
How is aggregate added to concrete?
Three methods are used for adding aggregate to concrete mixes. The seeding method is used most often and is done by using a shovel or hand to sprinkle the aggregate on the concrete after it has been placed. A darby or bull float is used to embed aggregate into the concrete until a cement paste later covers it.
Incorporating the aggregate into the concrete mix while batches are made is another method. This method eliminates the need for seeding, but more aggregate is needed, and it can be more expensive than seeding.
Mixing the aggregate in a thin topping is the final method, and it involves creating a thin concrete topping with aggregate that will be placed over a base slab of regular concrete. Usually this topping is 1 or 2 inches thick, aggregate sizes affecting the size of the topping. When using small decorative aggregates, this is the preferred method.
What can Exposed Aggregate Applecross do for you?
If you've been thinking about getting exposed aggregate, then you're in luck, because Exposed Aggregate Applecross is just the company for you. Exposed Aggregate Applecross can work with you to have exposed aggregate installed that will improve the look and quality of your property. Through every step, the company will help you choose the right aggregate colour, size, and even the background colour of the concrete to create an exceptional look. The company can work well within the confines of your budget and create any aggregate arrangement you want. Please give us a call today.