We decided to use exposed aggregate for our front and back porches. What is exposed aggregate?
From Concrete Network:
An exposed-aggregate surface is obtained by placing concrete and then removing the outer 'skin' of cement paste to uncover decorative coarse aggregate (either batched into the concrete mix or seeded onto the surface). Because of its durability and skid resistance, an exposed aggregate finish is ideal for most flatwork including:
- The basic procedures are simple enough for experienced finishers to master easily.
- The surface is rugged, nonskid, and resistant to heavy traffic and weather extremes.
- Many types and sizes of decorative aggregate are available to achieve unlimited color and texture variations.
- Exposed aggregate is highly versatile and contrasts beautifully with plain concrete or other decorative treatments such as stamping, stenciling, staining, and integral coloring.
- Little maintenance is required, other than sealing and occasional cleaning.
|The cement mixer and pump truck|
|Perfect weather to pour concrete!|
|Front porch before the pour|
|Ground treated lumber wrapped with a protective barrier|
|Front porch rebar|
|Half of the pour completed, waiting for more mix|
|World's best concrete guy!|
|Love the decorative notches in the steps|
|Front porch concrete seam, to prevent widespread cracking|
|Finished back porch, with seams - notice the pine tongue and groove ceiling!|