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  • 05/06/2019 0 Comments
    Facts of exposed aggregate … STONECRETE

    Fashions are cyclical. What was considered out of date a few years ago is now popular again. Just like clothing or music, trends in concrete are recurring. Exposed aggregatefinishes are regaining popularity again, and for good reason. Here are a few reasons exposed aggregate concrete has seen this renewed interest. 

    New Technologies

    The advent of retarding agents make exposed aggregate a more attractive design option. In the past, exposed aggregate finishes were achieved by broadcasting stone over wet concrete and pressing it in or by removing (mechanically or with acid) the surface of cured concrete. These were labor intensive and/or yielded inconsistent results. Chemical retarders eliminated these concerns. They prevented the cement reaction at the top of the slab and making it easier to remove the paste. This process was further simplified by retarders with set depths, such as Surface Deactivator.

    Simple Installation

    Exposed aggregate is streamlined compared to other decorative finishes. But not justanyone can grab some cement and gravel at the local home improvement store and make a good looking exposed aggregate patio. Well-constructed exposed aggregatestill requires an experienced concrete contractor. Expertise, experience, knowledge, and specialized tools are vital. When contrasted with stamped concrete and other finishes, exposed aggregate typically demands less time and labor. That brings a variety of benefits to both the contractor and the client.

    Ease of Maintenance

    Exposed aggregate upkeep is exceptionally simple. It just needs periodic cleaning and resealing as dictated by wear. That’s it. Over time, exposed aggregate shows less deterioration, too. The surface of concrete – often called the paste or cream – wears comparatively quickly which can lead to a ragged or dingy appearance. This is because the cream contains mostly fine sands and cement, and it lacks the structural integrity of the rest of the slab. By removing this cream ahead of time, and exposing aggregate, this wear is minimized and the concrete retains its original appearance longer.

    Unexpected Variety

    The design variety for exposed aggregate finishes is surprisingly great. Appearance can be significantly varied just by choosing different exposure depths. Slight “acid wash” or “light sandblast” depths of 2 millimeters (or less) expose sands and small aggregates. This sleek, modern look that is very much en vogue. Heavier exposures of 3 millimeters or more that expose large aggregate and give the classic exposed aggregate look. At higher exposure levels, different color, shape, and types of aggregates also lend a unique appearance. Integral colors and stains can also be usedto add more color or highlight, creating different effects.

    Functional Beauty

    One of the most attractive features of decorative concrete in general is its utility. This is especially true with exposed aggregate concrete. Concrete with an exposed aggregate finish can withstand high foot and vehicle traffic. It can also handle freeze-thaw climates, moisture, and other environmental threats just as well as regular concrete. Exposed aggregate is one of the best ways to add beauty without subtracting usability or functionality.

    Versatile Application

    Exposed aggregate brings beauty and utility to a variety of situations. Perhaps one of the best and most common uses of exposed aggregate are pool decks and other anti-slip applications. Even at light exposure, these finishes help improve traction and reduce slip and fall hazards. Pretty much anywhere you can use concrete, an exposed aggregate finish is an option. Decorative bands and borders, precast panels, stencils, and even color hardeners can be used in conjunction with exposed aggregate.

    Exposed aggregate is a classic finish with modern appeal. With the advent of modern chemical retarders, it is easier and more consistent than it ever has been. With a plethora of applications, exposed aggregate represents the past and future of decorative concrete.

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  • exposed aggregate not resin
    21/02/2019 0 Comments
    God awful resin

    Why resin… just why!

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  • 08/02/2019 - Sean Scott 0 Comments
    First sign of spring

    My garden blazes brightly with the rosebush and the peach,

     and the koil sings above it, in the siris by the well, 

    from the creeper covered trellis comes the squirrels chattering speech,

    and the blue jay screams and flutters where the cheery satbhai dwell,

    but the rose has lost its fragrance and the coil's note is strange,

    I am sick of endless sunshine , sick of blossom burdened bough,

    give me back the leafless woodlands where the winds of Springtime range-

    Give me back one day in England, for its spring in England now!

    Through the pines the gusts are blooming, o'er the brown fields blowing chill,

    from the furrow of the ploughshare streams the fragrance of the loam,

    and the hawk nests on the cliffside and the jackdaw in the hill'

    and my heart is back in England 'mid the sights and sounds of home,

    Ah! Koil, little Koil, singing on the siris bough,

    in my ears the knell of exile your ceaseless bell like speeches-

    Can you tell me aught of England or of Spring in England now?

    Rudyard Kipling..

    Ok so Mr Kipling certainly missed England while living in India, penning the odd Disney blockbuster. 

    Be not like Rudyard and make the most of your beautiful English garden with a Decorative Concrete Patio

     fitted with passion and care by Scott Patterned Concrete…. at your service

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  • Driveway, patio, patterned concrete, patio ideas, new driveway, scott patterned concrete
    17/01/2019 0 Comments
    New Year and time to book early

    Its that time of year again and no doubt people will be thinking,"i'll ring them in the spring:!!!

    Ring now, get your patio/driveway and don't miss one day of that "over in a flash" spring or summer.

     Scott Patterned Concrete will give you that dream, maintenance free outdoor area, before the good weather arrives. Leaving you time to enjoy every last day.

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