Capturing the Look of High-End Landscaping with Exposed Aggregate Capturing the Look of High-End Landscaping with Exposed Aggregate

Many people that are looking for a nice looking landscape will do it with exposed aggregate. This is something that will help to give them options with their décor and really help their yard look beautiful. This is also a great choice if you have to match existing concrete. Also, if you happen to be making it to contrast another type of finished surface that is nearby this is a good choice for you to make. There are several reasons why you would want to use this type of finish whenever you are doing any kind of concrete work for your landscape.

What It Is

Basically, aggregate is a kind of gravel and sand that is in concrete mix. It is what your cement will bond to and it will give any concrete that you lay both strength and substance. If you have concrete that is stamped, broomed or smooth, it will end up hiding the bigger pieces that you have below the surface. Your aggregate that is exposed will end up completely getting rid of the top fine layer that you have. This will allow for each of your single pieces of gravel to be visible on the surface.

It Is No Different

When it comes to the steps that are necessary to get your aggregate concrete laid there really aren’t very many different things that you are going to have to do differently. The biggest difference will be the concrete mix that you end up getting. When it comes to the actual set up, the exposed aggregate is the same as it is with any other finish hat you may have. Even if you are getting a finish that is exposed, broomed or stamped it is all basically the same. This is one of the reasons people like this so much more. It has a much nicer look without having to add any additional complicated steps to an already challenging task.

Proper Drainage Techniques

When it comes to making walkways there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind. The lay of the land is something that you are going to need to make sure that you understand. This means knowing where the water runs off and how it does it. The best way to do this is to have about ¼-inch of fall for every foot of walkway that you will be working with. The better the drainage, the better your concrete will look and last.

Preparation for Pouring

When you are working with any type of pour you will need to make sure that you are completely and totally prepared before the truck gets there. This means that the forms need to be completely finished and all of the supplies that you will need should be out and ready for use. You will need to remember that you are on a strict time limit just as soon as the truck begins to pour. Failure to be completely prepared will only end up making your concrete look bad. 

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