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Exposed Aggregate Concrete Driveways In Melbourne

Give Your Driveway the Modern Aggregate Look

Looking to Install an Exposed Aggregate Concrete Driveway In Melbourne?

Look no further! As Melbourne’s top concreters, we are able to install any type of exposed aggregate driveway to suit your design and add some flair to your property.

Exposed aggregate driveways offer a unique and eye-catching look as they showcase a stunning array of colourful pebbles and stones, creating a beautiful mosaic-like surface that will make your driveway stand out in the neighbourhood. 

Unlike traditional concrete driveways, exposed aggregate driveways offer a range of benefits that make them a popular choice among homeowners in Melbourne.

We supply a wide range of exposed aggregate that can be mixed to suit your requirements and get the perfect colour and finish.

What Is Exposed Aggregate Concrete?

Exposed aggregate concrete, a highly popular choice for concrete driveways in Melbourne, makes up about 60% of all driveway installations. This unique form of concrete is created by stripping away the top layer of cement paste to expose the underlying aggregate. The result is a beautiful, textured surface with a natural, rugged look that’s both durable and low-maintenance.

Exposed aggregate concrete isn’t just about looks, though. It’s also incredibly practical. Because it’s so hard-wearing, it can handle the weight of vehicles without cracking or chipping. And it’s not slippery when wet, which is a major plus in Melbourne’s often rainy weather.

What’s more, you can customise your exposed aggregate concrete to match your home’s style or your personal taste. You can choose the type, size, and colour of the aggregate stones, so you can get a driveway that’s truly unique to your property.

So, if you’re looking for a driveway material that’s stylish, durable, and versatile, exposed aggregate concrete could be just the ticket. It’s easy to see why it’s the go-to choice for so many homeowners in Melbourne.

Benefits of an Exposed Aggregate Driveway

You’ll be amazed at the advantages a textured finish on your driveway can offer. It serves not only as a functional feature but also enhances the aesthetic appeal of your home. An exposed aggregate concrete driveway isn’t just a practical choice; it’s also a design statement that’s bound to make your Melbourne home stand out.

Here are three key benefits of an exposed aggregate driveway:

  1. Durability: These driveways are incredibly tough and able to withstand the harsh Melbourne weather, heavy traffic, and time. They’re more resistant to cracks and damage, ensuring your driveway remains in top shape for years.
  2. Low Maintenance: Exposed aggregate is easy to clean and needs little upkeep. A simple hose down or sweep is often all that’s needed to maintain its look.
  3. Aesthetic Appeal: With a range of styles, colours, and finishes available, you can customise your driveway to complement your home’s exterior beautifully. It’s like adding a piece of art to your property.

So, don’t underestimate the power of an exposed aggregate driveway. It’s not just about functionality; it’s about creating a beautiful and lasting first impression. This could be the upgrade your Melbourne home needs.

Can You DIY An Exposed Aggregate Driveway?

Thinking of installing an exposed aggregate driveway yourself in Melbourne? While the prospect might be tempting, there are a few things you need to consider.

Firstly, exposed aggregate concrete is a complex material to work with. It requires precise preparation, placement, and finishing techniques to achieve that perfect mix of functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Secondly, the process could be time-consuming and physically demanding. You might need to spend several weekends on it, especially if you’re not a pro.

Moreover, you’ll need to carefully source your aggregate, ensuring it’s of high quality and suitable for the Melbourne climate. The equipment required, such as a concrete mixer and specific tools for expose aggregate, could also be costly. If you’re not experienced in using them, there’s a risk of injury.

While it’s not impossible to DIY an exposed aggregate driveway, it’s certainly challenging. You’d need to weigh up the costs, time, and potential risks against the benefits. Don’t underestimate the skill and expertise a professional concreter brings to the table. We are here to can ensure a hassle-free installation and a stunning result that’ll make your Melbourne home shine.

How Much Does An Exposed Aggregate Driveway Cost In Melbourne?

The cost of an exposed aggregate concrete driveway in Melbourne varies widely, largely based on size, colour, texture, and design complexity. Nevertheless, a ballpark figure to keep in mind is between $100 – $150 per square meter.

Keep in mind that the complexity of the project will affect the price. For instance, custom designs or intricate patterns may drive the price up. So, if you’re thinking about a more elaborate design, be prepared to invest a bit more.

On average, an exposed aggregate concrete driveway in Melbourne will cost between $4000-6000.

Remember, this is an investment that can add significant value to your property. An exposed aggregate driveway doesn’t just offer curb appeal; it’s durable, low-maintenance, and highly resistant to harsh weather conditions. So, while the initial cost may seem high, the long-term benefits certainly justify the expense.

So, when setting your budget, consider the quality and benefits you’re getting for your money. It’s not just about laying concrete, but creating a lasting impression that boosts your home’s value.

Exposed Aggregate Driveway Finishes & Colours

Exposed aggregate concrete is very customisable and can practically be made to suit any design requirements you have.

Here are some examples of colours and finishes:






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FAQ About Exposed Aggregate Concrete Driveways

Exposed aggregate concrete driveways needs regular upkeep.

First off, sealing it every two years will keep it shining and easy to clean and maintain.

To clean it, use a broom to sweep off dirt and a hose for washing away grime. For stubborn stains, a mild detergent can be used.

Remember, a well-maintained driveway not only looks appealing, but also extends its lifespan, saving you from early replacement costs.

Installation time for an exposed aggregate concrete driveway varies depending on size and weather conditions. Generally, it takes about two days for preparation and pouring, then another week for curing.

So, you’re looking at roughly nine days for the entire process. However, this is a rough estimate; the actual duration may differ. It’s always best to consult with us for a more accurate timeline.

Did you know that 70% of construction delays are due to weather?

Yes, weather conditions greatly impact the installation process of driveways.

Rain, humidity, and extreme temperatures can disrupt the setting and curing of concrete, leading to potential defects.

Particularly, heavy rain can wash away the aggregate before it’s had a chance to set.

So, be sure to plan your driveway installation during a period of stable, mild weather to ensure the best results.

Yes, you can definitely convert your existing driveway into an exposed aggregate one.

This process involves removing the current top layer of your driveway, then placing and smoothing a layer of aggregate concrete.

Once it starts to settle, the top layer is removed to expose the aggregate underneath.

It’s a complex process, so hiring a professional is recommended to ensure a high-quality finish.

Exposed aggregate driveways can be quite rough underfoot and may not be ideal for barefoot walking or kids playing.

They can also be pricier to install than regular concrete and can potentially require more maintenance, such as regular sealing to prevent damage and maintain its appearance.

So while visually appealing, there are a few downsides to consider.

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What Our Clients Have to Say

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Manoj Rai
Manoj Rai
Excellent team led by Luke, friendly and knows what he is doing . Had concreting done around my house today and I am very happy with the results. I highly recommend them for anyone looking to do concreting.
Hassan Kazmi
Hassan Kazmi
Highly recommended.
Nefarious Racing
Nefarious Racing
Highly recommend Smooth Concrete! Had they do one of my properties' driveway while I was out of the country, they handled the whole thing very professionally, got it done on time and did an amazing job. Highly recommend Luke and his team.
Nigel Carter
Nigel Carter
I couldn't be happier with the service I received from Smooth concrete. Luke is a true professional who takes pride in his work. My driveway looks immaculate. He was friendly, thorough, and came to my location with all the necessary equipment. Highly recommend!
Jordyn Sanajko
Jordyn Sanajko
Forget about any other company you're considering for your next home project and go with smooth! Firstly, the entire process was fast and easy. You can get a quote online for free. Just by sending through a few pictures. The next day i received the quote , which was actually cheaper than i was expecting. And the job was booked in. Their team are friendly & respectful people who love their work. The craftsmanship is top tier, they are very fussy with their final product and i couldn't be more happier! Thanks luke 👍🏼
Billy Kyriakopoulos
Billy Kyriakopoulos
Smooth concrete were great! Great work from start to finish. From the initial quotation process to the end result. Thanks again to Luke and his team!
Isabel Hutton
Isabel Hutton
Luke and the guys at Smooth Concrete were seriously great. They did a brilliant job of turning my backyard into a destination. I am so thankful for the way they worked to get the job done. They made it happen. So thankful, definitely recommend them, fantastic highly professional result.
Martin Valastro
Martin Valastro
We booked with Smooth Concrete after a friend highly recommended them for the works they did on their driveway. We wanted to extend our concrete from our back door into the backyard. -Arrived on time -Great quote -Easy to work with / understood our vision. The works were finished in 2 days. We were gob smacked by how quick our backyard was changed. Thanks Luke and the team at smooth concrete!! Highly recommend.
Scott Bartho
Scott Bartho
I've worked with Smooth Concrete on a few large projects over the years. I've always found them to be professional and courteous with exceptional attention to detail. Great concreters!

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