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Aggregate Concretes for Amazing Looking Dallas Stone Landscaping

While concrete generally presents a rather smooth and polished surface on the exterior, the interior is quite the opposite.  Natural, inert materials such as crushed stone, sand, or gravel, along with Portland cement and water comprise the interior of any concrete surface or structure.  In some cases even recycled concrete is used as an aggregate. These materials are what provide the concrete with load bearing capacity and strength.  At the turn of the twentieth century, decorative manufactured and organic aggregates became popular as a way to add flair and distinctiveness to the existing finishes of the time.  The same method endures today as one of the more unique ways of finishing concrete.

During the installation process when the concrete is setting, the outer layer of plaster paste that is usually smoothed and polished is stripped away, exposing a decorative combination of stones that is either mixed in with the concrete as it is poured or applied directly to the outer surface as it is drying.  The resulting surface is simultaneously extremely durable and skid resistant, enabling sure footing under even the wettest or iciest conditions. Due to this, aggregate is commonly used in outdoor applications where traction under any circumstance is necessary, such as pool decks, side walks, and driveways.

However, its used effectively in decorative retaining walls and accents as well, making it one of the more versatile concrete finishes available.  The method’s ease of installation allows even the novice installer to relatively master the desired application method, making uniform and attractive finishes easy to achieve, and is more cost effective than landscaping stone Dallas. Once sealed, the finished product requires almost no maintenance save for an occasional cleaning, and its inherent rugged durability ensures it will stand up to decades of heavy foot traffic. Its multifaceted appearance can be differentiated to match even the most selective of customers, and contrasts vividly to existing smooth-faced structures and surfaces.

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