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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:

Black

Charcole

Grey

Brown

White

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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Karan Gram
Karan Gram
2023-09-27
Like and his team did a great job at installing a concrete path around my house. The finished product is of a high quality and I am very happy with it. Luke and his team were also very prompt in responding and got the job done seamlessly. Thanks for your help!
S S
S S
2023-04-19
Luke was fantastic to work with. Responsive, polite, his team are very efficient, priced job reasonably and we are so happy with the end product. Highly recommend Luke and his team. Thanks for your help.
Robert Dusting
Robert Dusting
2022-07-31
I can highly recommend Smooth Concrete, and, in particular Luke who owns the business. Our customer ( one of Australia's top 5 commercial property owners) had very strict rules and documentation regarding access to the site plus a very limited window of opportunity during each week to get the job completed. In trying to meet the customer's requirements the job had to be postponed several times (with only a day's notice on occasion) but Luke was tremendous in being able to accomodate all these last minute changes. He was totally professional in the way he re arranged things to suit our customer. When we finally got everything lined up to start the job the weather became threat however Luke and his team were able to get the job done way quicker than expected thus avoiding any weather issues. Also, on the day Luke's team found an issue with some broken kerb and called immediately suggesting we replace it. We got great feedback from that initiative. In addition the customer was extremely pleased with the quality of the job and the way in which the Smooth Concrete team conducted themselves. Bob Dusting Proprietor Viscount Property Services
Michelle Thomas
Michelle Thomas
2021-10-25
The guys were easy to talk to, on time and professional. Did a good job, very respectful and helpful. Highly recommend. They went above what was expected.
Rj Wallington
Rj Wallington
2021-10-05
Luke was awesome to deal with,I had builder specific requirements for my path around the house. Luke liaised with my plumber as well to make the specific requirements were met. Luke even accommodated on the day with a change in setup and got it sorted. Luke and the teams attention to detail was spot on. If you need any concreting done, I highly recommend you give Luke a call!
Bagnato Architects
Bagnato Architects
2021-06-07
As an architect I am always looking not for great tradespeople but outstanding ones and Smooth Concrete did not disappoint. We had a very difficult project that required enormous coordination and a finish no less than excellent and Smooth Concrete delivered. Luke was a pleasure to deal with and no request was too difficult. Not only was i impressed but the client was overwhelmed. Cant wait to work with the team again and to explore all of the other skills and services they can provide. I would highly recommend them for any project requiring a high quality finish. Dominic Bagnato Director at Bagnato Architects
Steven Carpenter
Steven Carpenter
2021-05-31
I highly recommend Smooth Concrete. Luke was very quick to contact me after my online enquiry to have old concrete removed from my backyard and new concrete for an outdoor entertaining area. He was very easy to discuss this with to plan it out and make suggestions that would help me save on the overall cost. Luke and his team were very efficient and kept the place clean. They did a great job!! Very happy. Thank you.
Bill Alexander
Bill Alexander
2021-02-03
STUNNING OUTCOME Luke and his Smooth Concrete team did an amazing job at our house. We had a badly lifting patio that required levelling. Luke and I discussed the plan I had in mind and he confidently provided feedback which made me comfortable in proceeding with the project. Luke was friendly and offered a creative solution to our problem. Luke’s team then efficiently and professionally completed the required work. What made this such a stunning job was Luke mentoring and providing guidance to his team. This detail alone lifted the project from ‘just a job to be done’ to ‘a complete and professional product.’ A team that cares about their work seems rare in this day and age but Luke took the time to pass on his knowledge. Top marks. A tremendous result that far exceeded our expectations. We would have no hesitation in recommending Luke and his team for any concreting work that needs to be carried out
Nat
Nat
2020-09-24
Smooth Concrete were awesome ! Not only were they professional, hardworking and thorough, they were also friendly. Luke explained the process of the job very clearly to us and went above and beyond to meet our expectations. Luke also gave us a suggestion to add glow stone which we did and looks awesome at night. We would recommend them for any job as they were reliable and generous with time and skill. Thanks again Smooth Concrete
Bernie Braszell
Bernie Braszell
2020-04-20
Great work, good work ethics, and great customer service (nothing is too hard) came with his team punctual and obliging. Happy to recommend.

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