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Exposed Aggregate Reveals the True Beauty of Concrete

Achieve spectacular effects at a minimal cost with the many types and sizes of decorative aggregate available

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What Is Exposed Aggregate Concrete?

Choosing the Right Decorative Aggregate

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Protecting and Maintaining Exposed Aggregate

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Exposed aggregate concrete can almost be compared to a piece of granite or marble transformed by polishing: A plain, unremarkable surface has been stripped away to reveal the exceptional beauty lying beneath. In the case of concrete, that beauty is in the form of decorative aggregate, either natural or manufactured.

The decorative process of exposing aggregate has been around since the early 1900s, well before pattern stamping, stenciling, and decorative overlays became trendy. But this method is far from being ready for retirement. An exposed aggregate finish offers numerous advantages. And many of today's contractors are finding creative ways to take exposed aggregate to a new level.

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