Exposed concrete is an elegant and sustainable way to add quality to your residential or commercial project. EA concrete is a form of decorative concrete achieved by removing the top layer of cement paste and revealing the underlying aggregate. The decorative aggregate now becomes a very durable, skid-resistant surface that is great for sidewalks, driveways, pooldecks, and patios.
The concrete mixes with an aggregate, such as chips, natural rock, rockery. Then, instead of the concrete completely covering these aggregates, it overlays the aggregates. Thus surface of aggregate exposes, highlighting its natural beauty.
The said finish comes using various techniques, such as washing with retarders and acid etching of concrete. It is a unique and very effective way to add a new look to your flooring. Thin and thick concrete aggregates are available in a wide range of colors, depending on the style and location of your concrete project.
With such a variety of fabulous finishes for its exposed granular finish, our team can give you a recommendation on the size and proportions of the aggregate to achieve the best and most attractive finish.
We will help you take into account the calibration, shape, and surface of your concrete project, as they can affect the visual appearance of the final result.
ADDING AGGREGATE TO CONCRETE
There are three different methods for incorporating decorative aggregate into concrete slabs for later exposure:
- Plant the aggregate on the surface :
The most commonly used method is to sow the decorative aggregate on the surface of the slab immediately after the concrete has been placed, barred and floated. This process includes spraying the aggregate by shovel evenly over the surface and then incorporating it with a bull float.
- Mix the aggregate in the concrete :
In this process the aggregate is directly added to the concrete mix or RMC during the batch process. Thus, eliminating the step of coloring the surface after placing the concrete. This method may be expensive than coloring because it requires the use of larger quantities of decorative aggregates.
- Place the aggregate in a thin layer :
Another alternative is to place a thin layer of concrete cover containing the aggregate on a conventional concrete base. The cover can be 1 to 2 inches thick, depending on the size of the aggregate. This method generally works best when smaller decorative aggregates are specified.
JV Landscape team has all the tools, skills and years of experience to create the appearance of a perfect exposed aggregate.