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The decorative process of exposing aggregate has been around since the early 1900s, well before pattern stamping, and decorative overlays became trendy. But this method is far from being ready for retirement. An exposed aggregate finish offers numerous advantages. And Pro Concrete & Paving is finding creative ways to take exposed aggregate to a new level like the bullnose.
An exposed-aggregate surface is obtained by placing concrete and then removing the outer 'skin' of cement paste to uncover decorative coarse aggregate. Because of its durability and skid resistance, an exposed aggregate finish is ideal for driveways, front walks, sidewalks and patios. With an exposed aggregate (pebble concrete) finish, you can achieve spectacular effects at a reasonable cost because few additional materials and tools are required. Here are some other notable advantages of exposed aggregate finishes:
- The surface is rugged, non-skid, and resistant to heavy traffic and weather extremes.
- Exposed aggregate is highly versatile and contrasts beautifully with plain concrete or other decorative treatments such as stamping, stencilling, staining, and integral coloring.
- Little maintenance is required, other than sealing and occasional cleaning.
Sealing and Protecting Exposed Aggregate Finishes
Applying a transparent concrete sealer to an exposed aggregate (pebble concrete) surface can improve both its performance and appearance. These sealers—typically film-forming acrylic resins—can help protect against spalling, dusting, efflorescence, freeze-thaw damage, stains, deicing salts, and abrasion. A sealer will also enhance the color of the aggregate, accentuating its depth and richness.
- When selecting an exposed aggregate sealer, look for a product that:
- Is non-yellowing, non whitening and UV resistant
- Will provide a high-gloss wet look that deepens and enriches the color of the aggregate
- Repels oil, grease, water, and stains
- Is recoatable
Stamping concrete increased in popularity in the 1970s when it was first introduced in the World of Concrete. Builders saw it as a new way to satisfy the customer and make their budget work simultaneously. This technique of stamping concrete has been done for the past 50 years. When stamping concrete first began, there were very few choices of design and colors. However, as the industry grew more stamping patterns were being created along with many different types of stains to give us the vibrant colors we have today. That’s why Pro Concrete & Paving has been the innovator and original for stamp concrete with our original bullnose. Another advantage to using stamped concrete is that it can be applied to many different surfaces and textures. Such as driveways, front walk, side walk, patios, pillars, steps.
Stamped concrete, commonly referred to as patterned stamped concrete or imprinted concrete, is concrete that is designed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile and even wood. Stamped concrete can be used to beautify pool decks, driveways, front walk, side walk, patios, pillars, steps.
Due to the wide array of options when it comes to concrete patterns, concrete colors, and the cost of stamped, or imprinted concrete in relation to other materials, the choice of stamped concrete is becoming more popular and frequent. Colors and patterns for stamped concrete are often chosen to blend with other stone, tile or patterned stamped concrete elements at the residence. Complex designs incorporating steps, courtyards, and fountains can be achieved when patterns are pressed into the concrete. Stamped concrete can also be blended with other decorative concrete elements such as exposed aggregate finishes. Concrete provides the perfect canvas for creating an economical replica of more expensive materials, and yet still maintaining a very natural, authentic look.
Sealing and Protecting Stamped Concrete Finishes
Applying a transparent concrete sealer to a stamped concrete surface can improve both its performance and appearance. These sealers—typically film-forming acrylic resins—can help protect against spalling, dusting, efflorescence, freeze-thaw damage, stains, de-icing salts, and abrasion. A sealer will also enhance the color of the stamped concrete.
When selecting a stamped concrete sealer, look for a product that:
- Is non-yellowing and non-whiting UV resistant
- Will provide a high-gloss wet look that deepens and enriches the color of stamped concrete
- Repels oil, grease, water, and stains
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