Concrete Repair and Upkeep: Tips for All Seasons

Welcome to my concrete blog. My name is Helen, and I hate stumbling over old and broken concrete. It makes a home, business or even a whole neighborhood look old and unkempt. To make the world a more beautiful place, I have decided to create this blog. In it, I plan to post everything I have learned about concrete over the years. I plan to include everything from maintenance schedules to upkeep tips to simple repairs to financial risks of broken concrete. If you have a patch of concrete anywhere on your property, I hope you enjoy the information in this blog and learn something new from it.

Why Choose Mixed Aggregate Concrete When Paving Residential Property?


Mixed aggregate concrete refers to concrete that has a high concentration of pebbles, gravel, or crushed stone in the mixture. These materials give concrete a bumpy, textured surface. This is unlike standard concrete which is very smooth when poured. If you're having a new driveway or walkways or any area of your home set with concrete, you might consider a mixed aggregate variety. Consider a few advantages this type of material offers and why it can be a good choice for your home.

1. It's Visually Appealing

The bumpy texture of the mixed aggregate concrete can be much more visually appealing than a smooth concrete surface. This is especially true if you were to choose a type of pebble or gravel that is a complimentary color to your home's exterior, such as a shade of brown or russet red. Many aggregates that can be added to concrete also have a buffed exterior so they provide a shine that reflects daytime sun.

This added visual appeal can also offer you more options for landscaping, if you surround a walkway with a brick or concrete stone that is painted to coordinate with the aggregate color. Your walkways will look like part of your landscaping and not simply an afterthought when you choose a mixed aggregate concrete.

2. It Provides Traction

If you live in an area that sees lots of snow and ice, you may want to consider the traction that is provided by mixed aggregate concrete. The bumpy texture can protect you against slips and falls, and on the driveway it can allow for better traction with your vehicles as well. The texture can also help snow and ice to melt faster as they are both less solid when resting on mixed aggregate, so they don't trap cold as well.

3. It Can Help with Grading and Soil Erosion

The grading of your yard is very important as this will help to direct water runoff, and protect your land from soil erosion. Mixed aggregate concrete can help by protecting against or directing water runoff; if you pave your walkways with this mixture, you will have less soil erosion on your property as the aggregate will help stop water from draining away from your yard. If you use it around your home's foundation as part of a landscaping feature, this will stop water from gathering around the foundation and in turn, causing leaks and cracks. 

For more information, contact Dromana Concrete Products


13 March 2015