Today’s most common form of decorative concrete is exposed aggregate. Traditionally, concrete has been finished with a smooth cement surface either trowelled or stippled. The aggregate – the small stones and pebbles, to which concrete owes its great strength, were to be hidden beneath the surface.
Then one day someone realised that the aggregate inside of concrete could be beautiful and more aesthetically pleasing than the cement that bound it together. Not only that, but leaving the aggregate exposed provided a highly fricative and durable surface, making it ideal for pools, driveways, motor traffic and for applications where a nonslip pedestrian surface was required.
Thus, the exposed aggregate concrete finish was born and no sooner we at HADDENS Garden & Building Supplies started to work with Melbourne’s architects and designers to diversify and exploit the decorative effects possible with this exciting new finish. From the start, it was clear that the grade of the aggregate could be varied, both to give different frictional properties and to vary the appearance of the surface.
Next, it was realised that different regions produce alluvial gravel and stone of varying textures and colours, suggesting a whole palette of exciting aesthetic effects. At HADDENS Garden & Building Supplies, our creators invested extensive research into the sourcing of interesting aggregates that combined the structural properties our customers demanded with exciting innovative and beautiful aesthetic effects.
We now offer one of Melbourne’s largest selection of custom concrete finishes which exploit the beauty and functional attributes of exposed aggregate.
With concrete base choices from, grey and charcoal through to off-white and colour oxides, our range of exposed aggregate mixes is set to leave you speechless.
Bring us your design ideas, and our friendly sales team will show you our range we have on display in our Showroom at Clayton South, Melbourne and then sit down with you to work out a unique concrete solution perfect for your project.
So, for the very best in exposed aggregate concrete Melbourne call HADDENS Garden & Building Supplies today.