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Exposed Aggregate Patio Pros and Cons

Exposed Aggregate Patio Pros and Cons

So, you’ve decided to renovate your patio ready for the evening’s entertaining and summer garden parties? Or, you’re just thinking about it. Window shopping for new patio furniture and plants is certainly a lot of fun, but have you considered your patio’s surface?

Switching up an old or dull patio floor is one way you can enhance your outdoor space. Exposed aggregate patio flooring is one option at your disposal. If this is the first you’re hearing about exposed aggregate then fear not, Home Logic is here to walk you through exactly what it is, why people are using it and to discuss exposed aggregate patio pros and cons - so you can make an informed decision.

What is Exposed Aggregate?

Exposed aggregate is one form of concrete flooring. However, it’s much more decorative and appealing than your regular dull concrete.

It’s more appealing because it’s regular concrete with its top layer removed. When the top layer is removed it reveals various shapes and colors from the aggregate beneath. These stones and sands create unique combinations and provide outstanding aesthetics.

Exposed Aggregate Patio Pros and Cons

Exposed aggregate can include an array of aggregates. You can find big and small aggregate in different shapes and many attractive colours

What are the Pros of Using it on My Patio?

Many people choose to use exposed aggregate on their patio flooring for a number of reasons. There are many benefits in choosing to use concrete in this way. Let’s tell you about them in more detail…

  • A Unique design - first of all, no two exposed aggregate surfaces will be completely identical. Well, it’s really unlikely. This is because each surface is somewhat hand-produced and the positions of the aggregate are left to chance.
  • Low costs – usually, more decorative and unique things cost more money. With exposed aggregate this isn't usually the case. In fact, it uses the same process as regular concrete flooring but with fewer materials and a slight tweak to the process at the end. 
  • No special equipment needed – to remove the top layer of the concrete and reveal the decorative aggregate, no special equipment is required. Sometimes, it’s easily achieved with garden hoses and sprayers. Although, the exact method of making the aggregate visible can differ.
  • Nearly all professionals will be able to do it – as the process of removing the top layer is relatively straightforward and doesn’t require special equipment, nearly all concrete finishers will be able to complete the task effectively.
  • Durability – exposed aggregate remains exceptionally durable over many years and will withstand harsh weather conditions. The strong surface also provides more friction than a regular concrete surface and helps avoid vehicles from skidding.
  • Much to choose from – exposed aggregate can include an array of aggregates. You can find big and small aggregate in different shapes and many attractive colours.
  • Versatility – due to the wide range of aesthetic choices, it’s easy to find exposed aggregate to complement the rest of your property. There’s no need to buy new plant pots or patio furniture when choosing exposed aggregate.
  • Little maintenance required – One of the best things about exposed aggregate is the little time you'll have to allocate out of your busy schedule to keep it in good condition. It may need resealing every few years but other than that you’ll just need to clean it with water when it begins to look a little sad.

Exposed Aggregate Patio Pros and Cons

Although maintaining the surface is straightforward and just requires washing, some dirt might stick to stones. To make cleaning them even easier, you may want to use a powerful jet washer. This comes as another expense and can be seen as a somewhat con to exposed aggregate patio surfaces

Are There Any Negatives?

Although there is a lot to get excited about when considering exposed aggregate for your patio, it can cause some problems too.

The biggest problem is if any of the stones become dislodged. If multiple stones go missing the appearance can become patchy and you'll need to replace them. Finding the exact stones could leave you scratching your head. 

If removed stones create holes, these holes can lead to further and more serious damage. Water may get inside your surface and break the bond. It’s certainly not some type of concrete that can fix its own cracks. 

Although maintaining the surface is straightforward and just requires washing, some dirt might stick to stones. To make cleaning them even easier, you may want to use a powerful jet washer. This comes as another expense and can be seen as a somewhat con to exposed aggregate patio surfaces.

What Are The Other Options On Offer?

Exposed aggregate flooring is great and will be the perfect choice for a lot of people wanting to enhance their outdoor spaces. However, Home Logic have another option with similar benefits. 

Resin bound surfaces are attractive, durable and easy to maintain. If you would like more information about our resin-bound flooring, and to know why it is perfect for patio flooring, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, today!

Simply dial 0800 1700 636, or click the button below-our team will be in touch in a jiffy!