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Published on 6/26/2019

Published by marketing@concretebroker.com.au

Exposed aggregate concrete is back in vogue

Highlighting your aggregates through exposed, honed and polished concrete is all the rage


Highlighting the aggregates in concrete through exposed aggregate concrete and polished concrete surfaces is back in vogue now. Unique patterns, colours and brilliant finishes are making their way into living spaces both indoor and outdoor around the globe.


Exposed Aggregate concrete is a decorative style of concrete suitable for a driveway, sidewalk, patio or even steps. Exposed Aggregate provides a visual interest for your home with many colours to choose from, giving your project a unique sense of style. Exposed aggregate is highly versatile and contrasts beautifully with broom finish concrete or other decorative treatments such as Pattern Concrete




Polished concrete’s light reflectivity brightens areas and thermal mass properties both lead to reduced energy costs. There is also a significant reduction in raw materials vs. other flooring options. The breathability of polished concrete eliminates the need for costly moisture barriers. Polished concrete also requires no additional raw material and has no end-use costs of replacement materials or disposal of old flooring.




The process of honing or polishing concrete is achieved through grinding the top layer of the concrete to achieve a natural stone and flat matt finish.
As we can see from these photos honed or polished concrete is slip resistant and suitable for all weather conditions, making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor areas. The low maintenace, easy to clean, allergy free and hard wearing nature of this surface makes it an excellent choice for many homeowners searching for a low cost solution that is both aesthetically pleasing and atb the same time durable.

Concretebroker member Goulburn River sand and aggregates offer aggregates that can be found in all the colours of the rainbow, and as such are ideally suited for placement as exposed aggregate concrete, for driveways, outdoor living areas and footpaths.




And Holcim through their extensive Geostone range are taking the exposed aggregate market by storm. Lets find out a bit more about Geostone from Holcim here.




Holcim Australia is providing beautiful and lasting architectural design options for Australian homes with Geostone™.


Stone has been used by humans as a canvas for expression for thousands of years and is the basis for many of the world’s most powerful building monuments, such as the Pyramids of Giza. Its hardwearing and lasting qualities have meant it has been constantly reimagined and revisited in architecture by some of history’s most celebrated architects and designers.

Much of this architectural work continues to stand out today as a testament to the timeless appeal of stone. And now, Holcim Australia is allowing Australian homeowners the ability to capture the artistic qualities of this building old-timer with its new and improved decorative concrete product range, Geostone™.

Holcim's Geostone provides a clever fusion of reinforced concrete with the uniqueness of Australian stone, offering not only versatile functionality but a stunning appearance. Specially developed for the Australian market, Geostone is extracted from the earth and carefully selected for its colour, size and shape to maintain its natural variation. The product lends itself perfectly to creating a contemporary yet classic home, and can be finished in different ways to perform a range of roles. These include:

  • exposed – for durable driveways, pathways and landscaping
  • polished – for a highly glossy, smooth surface in indoor living areas
  • honed – for comfort and durability in outdoor entertaining areas such as patios, verandas and pool surrounds.

Geostone brand ambassador Peter Colquhoun, resident architect on the Australian television series Better Homes & Gardens, is a firm believer in the design inspiration that stone engenders.

‘Great design is all about where surfaces and materials meet and getting that detail right,’ Peter says. ‘A beautiful hard-paved surface-framing nature in the front garden, or pool, will make both look better.’

He provides a number of tips for designers and architects who want to select Geostone for outdoor home projects.

‘When using Geostone outside, look for colours and tones that will complement the surrounds and existing structures,’ Peter says. ‘Use lighter colours to help reflect the sun’s rays, making spaces feel lighter and brighter, or darker colours for adding drama. ‘Remember, it’s not just how spaces look – it’s how they make us feel, and stone is one of those materials that universally make us feel connected to our place, our home".


On concretebroker we have hundreds of concreters and polished concreters able to assits you the customer in creating a magnificent living space utilising exposed aggregate, honed and polished concrete. Here are just a few:



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With over 15 years experience we can help you transform your home with a range of beautiful concrete finishes. We are a family owned and run business that services Perth and it?s surrounding suburbs. We specialise in decorative concreting, including exposed aggregate, honed & polished aggregate, liquid limestone and coloured concrete. Go with the right people for your outdoor investment that will look as good in the future as it does when its first completed. Call today and have your place ready for summer.

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Tony Partridge and Son Pty Ltd is a family owned and operated business. Tony has had over 30 years experience in the trade from small domestic works to large commercial projects. We are committed to prompt service and customer satisfaction. We specialise in exposed aggregate and stencil. Our professional experienced team takes pride in offering high quality work for all your concrete requirements.

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Concrete Applications are experienced concreter's specialising in providing superior concrete finishes throughout Brisbane's Northside. We produce aesthetically pleasing concrete finishes on concrete floors, bench tops, counter tops, stairs and hardscapes, as well as driveways, patios, pergola's and pool surrounds. Through the use of polished concrete techniques, stencil, patterns, exposed aggregate and decorative concrete applications we provide their customers and residential building clientele with a unique finish to be proud of. 

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SC Concreting and Labour Hire p/l are licensed and Insured, All types of Concreting are performed by their crew of concreter's who are known for performing top quality concrete jobs. They have over 25 Years experience on the Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter Valley Region in NSW. With SC Concreting and Labour Hire p/l you are guaranteed of professional concrete workmanship. Whether its driveways, exposed aggregate, decorative concreting, slabs, paths or shed slabs, SC Concreting and Labour Hire P/L are ready to complete your concrete project and meet your every expectation. Machine hire, piering and all concrete jobs will be considered. Whether it's a civil or residential concrete project you need completed, SC Concreting and Labour Hire Pty Ltd are your concreting solution.

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The Goulburn River in the heart of NSW is well known for wine making, horse studs and cattle breeding. The magnificent sands and round decorative pebbles found on the rivers banks are renowned for their purity and aesthetic brilliance. The pebbles are blessed with all the colours of the rainbow. The reds, yellows and blue colours found within the Goulburn River pebbles are interspersed with an array of pink, white and grey pebbles, making them suitable for a myriad of landscaping and exposed aggregate applications. 

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OzGrind are concrete polishing experts and can transform any regular existing concrete slab into a masterpiece with a range of unique flooring solutions. And with a new slab of concrete the possibilities are endless, you can use different aggregates (stones) or cement colours to create a stunning look for your polished concrete floors. You can even choose from a selection of objects such as glass or some metals to add to the concrete, which can give your floor a dazzling, one-of a kind finish.

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Absolute Floor Polishing is a concrete polishing business based in Merrylands, servicing Sydney CBD, to the greater Western Suburbs of Sydney including Parramatta, Baulkham Hills, Epping, Liverpool and Bankstown to name a few. Absolute Floor Polishing specialise in Concrete Floor Polishing, grinding, polishing, cleaning & sealing of all types of Concrete, Stone work, Cement, Marble, Terrazzo, Sandstone, Limestone, Travertine and Tiles.

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Aztec is a family-owned USA manufacturer of concrete polishing and resurfacing machines and converter of gasoline engines to LPG for other equipment manufacturers. The Sidewinder WorkSmartTM VCT Stripping System, and the new multi-purpose REFRESHER, for stripping/deep scrubbing VCT floors, plus honing, polishing, burnishing concrete and terrazzo floors. MADE IN THE USA, and EPA, CARB, LEED, GS-42 certified; propane powered equipment by the PurePower by Aztec 600 Series engine. The WorkSmartTM Refresher concrete and terrazzo rejuvenation system features dust control capability, sealed planetary drive with positive drive synchronous belt and comes with sets of diamond drivers, pad drivers and strip bushes. Each set of drivers/brushes is designed with a ?quick-change? lug system for easy mounting and dismounting on the job. Aztec?s propane engines tested with the LOWEST EMISSIONS IN THE INDUSTRY for 7 out of the last 8 years. All Aztec propane powered equipment and engine conversions are proudly made in the USA, with CE, EPA, CARB, LEED and GS-42 certifications. Optional engine meeting Blue Sky standards.

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Geelong Concrete Surfaces specialise in polished concrete floors providing you with the superior finish you demand. From large industrial epoxy coating to residential concrete polishing and grinding, they are your first choice for concrete floors in Geelong. They can pour, lay and finish your concrete floor to perfection, every time. Geelong Concrete Surfaces have quickly built a strong reputation as a five star concreting business who are professional, friendly and excellent to deal with. When it comes to a superior concrete surface, either inside or outside your building, Geelong Concrete Surfaces can provide the surface you are looking for

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Professional Grade Equipment, tools and Sundries for all of your concrete project needs. Concrete Coatings, Sealers, Countertop Mixes and Forms, Stains and Dyes, and Overlays and Resurfacing are all available and if we do not have it, we will get it. Jobsite supplies, Cleaning products, Mixers,... ? Epoxy Coatings ? Concrete Stains & Dyes ? Diamond Grinding ? Concrete Polishing ? Acrylics ? Urethanes ? Sealers ? Abrasives ? Underlayments ? Color Quartz and Paint Chips ? Concrete Patching ? Hand Tools ? Sundries ? Sales, Rental and Repair of Concrete Preparation Equipment ? Waterproof Decking Systems Quest carries systems preferred by contractors and specified by architects and engineers. With a knowledgeable staff and the support of reputable and dependable manufacturers, Quest has everything needed to prepare, protect, restore and decorate any concrete.

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Advanced Coating is a locally owned and operated business serving Warrnambool, and surrounding areas. We cater to clients throughout the Western District of Victoria, providing home and business owners with the finest flooring treatments on the market for protection and a great look. At ACS Advanced Coating, we take a comprehensive approach to the flooring industry and offer a range of concrete polishing and floor coating systems to suit any need.

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In abujardar.com you will find the necessary tools to make the different textures of Bush hammering, Sandblast and Scratching, applicable to Concrete, stones, marble, granite, sandstone, artificial stone, prefabricated... We are manufacturers and we can create a tool to connect to your specific machine, ask us to study your case and offer you the best option.

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Jiangxi Freet Diamond Tools Co., Ltd ( Freet Company) is a high-tech Co. Ltd, with standardized management and stock ownership. It is combined with scientific research, production, sale and service. Originated from its former pioneer?Minnan Knife Factory, which was a family generated system in 1994, it has renamed as Quanzhou Freet Diamond Tools with modern stock ownership. In order to seek higher development, a larger production base in Jiangxi Province. With our new big factory set in Jiangxi, the company is now named as Jiangxi Freet Diamond Tools. 









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