4 Reasons You Should Choose Exposed Aggregate
Driveway, patio and mowing strip surface materials can vary from pavers, gravel, plain concrete to exposed aggregate. Most builders in the NT offer a plain grey concrete finish with the option to upgrade to exposed aggregate for an additional charge.
But why would you want to pay more money for exposed aggregate? Here’s the answer.
Firstly, its resistance and durability outweighs plain concrete by far. The cement-sand matrix that stays exposed between the particles is not subject to the finishing operations that increase the water-cement ratio. A higher water-cement ratio weakens the surface and makes it less durable. Hence, construction professionals recommend using exposed aggregate because it is built to last.
2.Style, Design and Maintenance
The most attractive feature of decorative exposed aggregate is the way it looks. It’s more of a subtle appearance blends in well with a new property, rather than standing out like regular concrete. Its lovely natural finish can be pepped up by adding pigments to the concrete. Moreover, with variable texture and colour, the exposed aggregate tends to hide marks far better than just regular dark concrete and is easy to maintain by sweeping or hosing it down.
When building in the Northern Territory you must consider the wet season. Rain hitting a smooth finish concrete surface can make it slippery and hard to walk on. Exposed aggregate on the flip side is stronger and more grippy, especially on steep driveways.
Tip: Crushed aggregate is great for the driveway where a mix with pebble is fantastic for foot traffic areas such as around the pool or on the verandah.
4. Cost matters
Lastly, when it comes to cost, exposed aggregate is more expensive. Yet, the demand for exposed aggregate has exploded over the past few years and is typically associated with premium homes. Yet, About Homes NT has the following custom alternatives and upgrades included in its starting price:
- Exposed aggregated concrete veranda
- Exposed aggregated concrete Porch
- Exposed aggregated concrete driveway
- Exposed aggregated concrete mowing strips 600mm wide
Simply download the brochure of your dream design from our website and give us a call to get the ball rolling.