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How to Beat Concrete Cancer

Hello, my name is Tony and this is my concrete installation and maintenance blog. I am not a professional concrete contractor but I am very passionate about DIY. My dad was a contractor and when I was growing up he taught me all kinds of neat tips and tricks. Once time, he took me out into the yard and made me inspect the concrete wall. The concrete was crumbling away, exposing the metal bars beneath. My father explained that this was concrete cancer and then demonstrated how to repair the damage. I hope you find my blog useful and entertaining.

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Key Pros of Exposed Aggregate for Your Driveway

by Eileen Jordan

Although your driveway provides you with additional space to park your vehicles, this does not mean that it has to be unattractive. Plain concrete may be a popular option when it comes to paving driveways, but this does not add any aesthetic appeal to your property. If you would like to boost your kerb appeal but still install functional paving, you should consider exposed aggregate. This type of paving is made up of concrete that has been infused with foreign materials such as pebbles, glass, and more. Once the concrete is laid, the contractor will abrade the surface of the concrete to expose the aggregate materials, hence the name. Here are some of the key pros of using exposed aggregate for your driveway.

Exposed aggregate is easily customizable

If you would like your home to be unique, you may want to consider exposed aggregate. This type of paving enables homeowners to add some character to the exterior of their home since it is one of the paving options that is easy to customise. For example, if you would like your paving to have some colour, you could choose to have the aggregate painted beforehand. As such, you end up with concrete paving that is speckled with your colour options.

On the other hand, if you would like to have a subtle design on the exterior of your home, you could choose aggregate in neutral colours or opt for clear glass. No matter what your style preferences are, you are guaranteed to find exposed aggregate that will complement it.

Exposed aggregate is easily maintainable

Another significant advantage of choosing exposed aggregate for your driveway is that you do not have to be burdened with arduous care and maintenance. Firstly, exposed aggregate is scratch-resistant paving. Therefore, you will not have to engage in regular repaving to eliminate flaws that the surface has acquired due to heavy traffic.

Secondly, exposed aggregate is inherently strong. As such, the paving will be able to withstand heavy loads without it succumbing to structural damage. Overall, all you will have to do is sweep the driveway regularly to keep debris from embedding into it.

It should be noted that the primary form of maintenance you will have to carry out will be scheduled sealing of the exposed aggregate. This sealing is to ensure that the surface of the exposed aggregate does not lose its water-resistant properties over time.

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