What is Exposed Aggregate?
Exposed aggregate concrete is a decorative style of concrete suitable for use as a driveway, sidewalk, patio or pool deck. The appeal is in the finish, which exposes the smooth textured small stones and pebbles that are part of the concrete.
Exposed aggregate provides some visual interest with the choice of exposure depth, and a variety of colours. It also creates an attractive, low maintenance and non-slip surface for your driveway, patio, walkways and pool decks.
Exposed aggregate can be placed virtually anywhere. The best part of all, exposed aggregate concrete has all of the desired characteristics of regular concrete: durability, strength, and flexibility. Beauty and low maintenance.
Only the best products on the market are used to achieve this unique decorative finish. First we pour an exposed aggregate concrete mix at a 4 inch thickness for patios, walkways and pool decks. We pour 5-6 inches for driveways. All of our concrete is wire mesh, fibre mesh or rebar reinforced. Once the concrete has set up a little we finish the top of the concrete to fix any imperfections and spray on a surface retarder. Once the concrete has set up we then sawcut in the control joints and power wash off the surface retarder. We then give the concrete a mild acid wash to remove the haze and give it a final cleaning, once it is completely dry we seal the concrete to protect it and give it the finished look.
Why choose Armada?
Armada Custom Concrete & Pools Inc. has over 20 years of concrete experience in the residential and commercial industry. If there is one thing we know it is concrete. Concrete is a “one shot” product to install and knowing the timing of when you can finish the concrete (too early and you will see board and trowel marks, too late and you can’t remove the imperfections from the pour). Spraying surface retarder too early or late can make all the difference in the depth (amount of stone exposed). At Armada C.C.&P. we offer many different depths of exposed concrete, from MICRO-ETCH which just exposes the sand in the mix (gives you the sun on the beach look) to using larger stone in the mix and exposing it at a greater depth.