EXPOSED AGGREGATE CONCRETE BRISBANE
Our Experience with Exposed Aggregate Concrete in Brisbane Shows
Fletcher Z Concreting and Excavation should be at the top of your list for any work that involves pouring exposed aggregate concrete in Brisbane. We have over 30 years’ experience in the industry, and we will ensure that you are delighted with our work before we consider our job completed.
Common Mistakes People Make Regarding Aggregate for Concrete
We are aware that there can often be potential obstacles when you are pouring concrete, whether it is for a foundation, a driveway, or any other structure. All the construction projects we take on have to adhere to strict schedules due to the limited amount of time available for us to complete our work. You may think that concrete is generally difficult to work with, but if you can avoid these mistakes detailed below, along with a few others, your newly-laid concrete will stand the test of time.
In the process of pouring exposed aggregate in Brisbane, we need to ensure that we meet any reinforcement requirements so that the cement creates a stronger bond with whatever material we use to reinforce the concrete to enhance its tensile strength.
Although concrete usually takes up to 48 hours to set, you need to give it approximately a week to cure properly. If you don’t allow sufficient time for the concrete to cure, you are shortening its lifespan, and you will find yourself spending a lot more on maintenance than is necessary.
Another mistake that you should avoid making at all costs is adding too much water to the mix. It may be easier to spread, but you will end up regretting it because it makes the concrete weaker. We also advise against choosing the wrong concrete mix for your project. We have many years’ experience in working with concrete, so we will be able to give you advice on the correct mix for the job you need doing.
If you have the right people to do the job, and if they have the proper knowledge and necessary tools as we do, you will be thrilled with the result – which will last a very long time.
Tips Regarding Exposed Aggregate Concrete Colours
If you are considering redoing an area of your property using exposed aggregate colours, you simply cannot afford to employ someone who has little or no experience in performing this kind of work. We will ensure that any work we do for you using exposed aggregate concrete is completed to our high standards – you can even choose an aggregate to match your landscaping.
An exposed aggregate driveway has a lifespan of roughly 30 years. However, you must maintain it properly. If you do not perform regular maintenance work, the driveway’s lifespan can be considerably shortened by surface cracks that haven’t been filled properly. On the other hand, an exposed aggregate patio may not require quite as much maintenance, especially if it is covered.
If your exposed aggregate concrete has been sealed with an acrylic sealer, you should plan for it to be resealed every 12 months to three years. The frequency will depend on factors such as traffic and weather exposure.
You have an incredible range of exposed aggregate colours from which you can choose. Its geological origin usually determines the colour of the aggregate. It is available in richer hues such as dark blue or even pastel colours.
A History of Decorative Concrete Finishes
The evolution of concrete took place between 1890 and 1920 when precast builders started using stains and colours in plain concrete to enhance its aesthetic appeal. They used various techniques, ranging from mixing pigments into fresh concrete to using mixtures similar to chemical stains.
The advent of coloured concrete necessitated workers to produce it in batches. They wanted to make sure that it mixed evenly with the concrete they were using, as well as bonding permanently with the cement paste to ensure the finish lasted longer.
In terms of decorative finishes, we create washed concrete by washing the pasty surface of the cement away to expose the stone that you find within the concrete. You will find a wide range of options available when looking for washed concrete because there are so many colours and textures that we can create by simply changing either the stone or sand element of the mix.
The concrete pebble that you can often see in decorative concrete is just one aspect of the industry. You should always try to employ experienced contractors to assist with high-quality installations, as they have spent a great deal of time honing their skills.
About Fletcher Z Concreting and Excavation
As we are an owner-operated company, our approach to all the work we do is a different, albeit simple, one – we treat every job as if we are doing the work for ourselves. We aim to deliver high-quality work for every job we do. We have accumulated well over 30 years of experience in the industry, and have gained a reputation for our excellent customer service and the high-quality workmanship we deliver. We are conveniently placed between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, servicing these locations and Ipswich too.
If you have any questions about the work we do, please do feel free to contact us. We will come out and quote for any aggregate work you’d like us to do, and we have no hidden fees. We’d love to hear from you.