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.

3 Benefits Of Choosing Exposed Aggregate For Your Driveway Paving


Every home deserves a well-paved driveway that will give it great kerb appeal and offer easy movement in and out of the property. If you are planning to have your driveway worked on in the near future, one of the things you'll need to think about is the paving material to use. Exposed aggregate is a decorative form of concrete paving and there are several reasons why you should consider it strongly for this application. Read on to see why.

Superb traction for vehicle and foot traffic 

As the name suggests, this type of concrete paving provides a finishing of exposed aggregate material. The top surface of exposed aggregate is coarse, unlike the standard concrete finish which is smooth. While this type of a surface may not be ideal indoors, it is perfect for a driveway because it provides excellent traction. If driving or walking over the driveway, the exposed aggregate will offer your car tyres or shoes abundant grip to help with movement. You will never have to worry about sliding or slippage, even when your driveway is wet from cleaning, rain, snow or sleet.

High durability over the years

A driveway is a sizeable investment on your part. You want the type of paving you end up choosing to provide great value for money over the years. Exposed aggregate paving offers just that – high durability. The exposed aggregate material is very hard and resistant to abrasion which is common with high-traffic areas such as driveways. Unlike smooth surfaces made of standard concrete, pavers or tiles, exposed aggregate will not easily scratch, chip or break. Remember that apart from walking and driving over it, a driveway is also a playground for kids and sometimes a makeshift car workshop so it needs to be resilient in regards to rough use.

Unique appearance to make your home stand out

As mentioned before, a driveway is a focal part of what makes up your home's kerb appeal. Most houses have common driveways made of asphalt, pavers, concrete or tiles. Exposed aggregate, despite being in high demand at the moment, is still largely not common in people's homes. Installing it on your driveway, therefore, will make your home look unique. It will also give it very high kerb appeal which is great if you're thinking of putting your property on the market.

There are different ways to customise exposed aggregate paving and make it look even more unique. Talk to your concrete contractor for ideas and make yours the most durable, the most trafficable, and the most unique driveway on the street.  


14 November 2016