Exposed aggregate is back in vogue

concrete broker
Jun 26 · 5 min read

Highlighting your aggregates through exposed, honed and polished concrete is all the rage

Highlighting the aggregates in concrete through exposed aggregate concrete and polished concrete surfaces is back in vogue now. Unique patterns, colours and brilliant finishes are making their way into living spaces both indoor and outdoor around the globe.

Exposed Aggregate concrete is a decorative style of concrete suitable for a driveway, sidewalk, patio or even steps. Exposed Aggregate provides a visual interest for your home with many colours to choose from, giving your project a unique sense of style. Exposed aggregate is highly versatile and contrasts beautifully with broom finish concrete or other decorative treatments such as Pattern Concrete

Polished concrete’s light reflectivity brightens areas and thermal mass properties both lead to reduced energy costs. There is also a significant reduction in raw materials vs. other flooring options. The breathability of polished concrete eliminates the need for costly moisture barriers. Polished concrete also requires no additional raw material and has no end-use costs of replacement materials or disposal of old flooring.

The process of honing or polishing concrete is achieved through grinding the top layer of the concrete to achieve a natural stone and flat matt finish.
As we can see from these photos honed or polished concrete is slip resistant and suitable for all weather conditions, making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor areas. The low maintenace, easy to clean, allergy free and hard wearing nature of this surface makes it an excellent choice for many homeowners searching for a low cost solution that is both aesthetically pleasing and atb the same time durable.

Concretebroker member Goulburn River sand and aggregates offer aggregates that can be found in all the colours of the rainbow, and as such are ideally suited for placement as exposed aggregate concrete, for driveways, outdoor living areas and footpaths.

And Holcim through their extensive Geostone range are taking the exposed aggregate market by storm. Lets find out a bit more about Geostone from Holcim here.

Holcim Australia is providing beautiful and lasting architectural design options for Australian homes with Geostone™.

Stone has been used by humans as a canvas for expression for thousands of years and is the basis for many of the world’s most powerful building monuments, such as the Pyramids of Giza. Its hardwearing and lasting qualities have meant it has been constantly reimagined and revisited in architecture by some of history’s most celebrated architects and designers.

Much of this architectural work continues to stand out today as a testament to the timeless appeal of stone. And now, Holcim Australia is allowing Australian homeowners the ability to capture the artistic qualities of this building old-timer with its new and improved decorative concrete product range, Geostone™.

Holcim’s Geostone provides a clever fusion of reinforced concrete with the uniqueness of Australian stone, offering not only versatile functionality but a stunning appearance. Specially developed for the Australian market, Geostone is extracted from the earth and carefully selected for its colour, size and shape to maintain its natural variation. The product lends itself perfectly to creating a contemporary yet classic home, and can be finished in different ways to perform a range of roles. These include:

  • exposed — for durable driveways, pathways and landscaping
  • polishedfor a highly glossy, smooth surface in indoor living areas
  • honed — for comfort and durability in outdoor entertaining areas such as patios, verandas and pool surrounds.

Geostone brand ambassador Peter Colquhoun, resident architect on the Australian television series Better Homes & Gardens, is a firm believer in the design inspiration that stone engenders.

‘Great design is all about where surfaces and materials meet and getting that detail right,’ Peter says. ‘A beautiful hard-paved surface-framing nature in the front garden, or pool, will make both look better.’

He provides a number of tips for designers and architects who want to select Geostone for outdoor home projects.

‘When using Geostone outside, look for colours and tones that will complement the surrounds and existing structures,’ Peter says. ‘Use lighter colours to help reflect the sun’s rays, making spaces feel lighter and brighter, or darker colours for adding drama. ‘Remember, it’s not just how spaces look — it’s how they make us feel, and stone is one of those materials that universally make us feel connected to our place, our home”.

On concretebroker we have hundreds of concreter’s and polished concreters able to assists you the customer in creating a magnificent living space utilising exposed aggregate, honed and polished concrete.

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