Creating a Landscape That Pops: Concrete Tips and Ideas

Your outdoor landscaping makes your first impression, it creates a relaxation zone for your family, and it can boost your property values. Landscaping involves lots of different elements including concrete. Hi, my name is Diane, and I love landscaping. However, I also love patios, magical pathways, sports courts and other concrete creations. Want help creating your fabulous outdoor space? Want help with concrete ideas in particular? Then, I would love to be there for you. I have a keen eye for decoration and have helped a lot of friends create their outdoor areas. I hope my tips and ideas can help you.

What to Discuss With Your Contractor When Choosing an Exposed Aggregate


An exposed aggregate can be a good choice for any concrete surface you may need to have poured on your property. An aggregate is a bumpy material that is added to concrete to give its surface more texture and, in turn, make it more slip-resistant. This aggregate can also enhance the look of concrete so it isn't just dull and grey. When you're working with a contractor to have concrete poured and are considering an exposed aggregate, note a few questions to ask. This will ensure you choose the right aggregate and care for it properly.

1. Ask their expertise in choosing and placing an aggregate

You may not think of your contractor as a designer, but chances are they have lots of experience in opting for an aggregate color and its placement. For example, they may have done a job for a homeowner who choose a very dark aggregate and once it was poured, they didn't like how dark and overpowering it looked. They can help you avoid the same mistake. They may also have done jobs that included the aggregate as trim around a driveway or walkway rather than just being part of the driveway itself, and this may have enhanced the overall look. Don't hesitate to tap into their expertise for choosing an aggregate color, material, and placement when making your own decision.

2. Ask if adding an aggregate makes the job longer

Adding an aggregate to concrete might make the job take longer than expected, as the aggregate itself may need to have an added chemical sprayed over it to keep it protected. There may also need to be more curing time for the aggregate so it can collect moisture and not get brittle, and then allow for the concrete to dry. Whatever the circumstances, ask about any delays because of adding aggregate so you can plan your own schedule accordingly.

3. Ask how to protect the aggregate

Usually concrete itself will require a sealer to be applied every year or every few years in order to keep it from cracking and from retaining excessive moisture. The aggregate you choose may need a special sealer or it may affect the number of times the concrete should be sealed. You might also ask if they can recommend a product to use if the concrete does develop cracks. Standard filler may only be grey and dull and may stand out against the aggregate, whereas a latex filler in a certain color might be a better choice.


12 November 2015