Everything you need to know about Exposed Aggregate

One of the latest and most popular trends in driveway design is exposed aggregate. This decorative concrete finish is not only durable, it also adds a major ‘wow’ factor to your home or commercial building. Here are the key facts you need to know about exposed aggregate before using it for your surfaces and the main benefits of this building material.  

What is exposed aggregate?

An exposed aggregate concrete finish is obtained by pouring concrete with added aggregate and then sanding back the outer layer to uncover the beautiful, natural textures of pebbles, stones, slate and/or shell embedded in the material beneath.

Which surfaces is exposed aggregate suitable for?

Thanks to its durability and skid resistance, an exposed aggregate finish is the ideal choice for almost any area of your home or business premises including:

  • Footpaths
  • Driveways
  • Patios
  • Pool areas
  • Alfresco areas
  • Polished internal flooring

Exposed aggregate can even be used in concrete walls with vertical applications comprising decorative retaining walls, architectural building facades and sound barrier walls.


exposed-aggregate driveway with butterfly

What are the advantages of using exposed aggregate at your residential or commercial property?

  • So many styles to choose from

There are a large range of different styles and aggregate mixes to choose from. If you are hunting for a specific colour, pattern or texture to suit your home or commercial building, there’s a very good chance you will find it.

  • Very little maintenance required

As exposed aggregate is so strong and hard-wearing it generally requires very minimal maintenance compared to many other building materials. It can withstand extreme weather conditions and the movement of vehicles and foot traffic over many years.

  • A safe choice for driveways, footpaths and pool areas

Its rugged, slip-resistant texture makes exposed aggregate a great material for areas where cars can skid, pedestrians can fall over when it’s rainy, and family and friends might be in danger of slipping (such as the edge of the pool).

  • Visually appealing

The colours and textures of exposed aggregate create a striking effect which make the surface highly distinctive and can give your driveway, patio or pool area a luxurious, modern feel.


For the best exposed aggregate driveway in Melbourne, contact Prestige Concrete today on 0411 440 157 or via our website. Our expert team will work with you to find the ideal concrete finish to suit your individual needs.