Exposed Aggregate Concrete

Transform your outdoor space with N&M Restoration, Metro Detroit’s Exposed Aggregate and decorative concrete specialists. Our Design Specialist will assist you in crafting a leisure space that will leave your neighbors and friends in awe. So, enhance your outdoor space with aggregate concrete, you can add a splash of color to your concrete, allowing you to complement your home’s personality perfectly. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also incredibly safe. Your dream outdoor oasis awaits!

Exposed Aggregate Concrete, Time Tested & Beautiful

Discover the Beauty and Safety of Exposed Aggregate Concrete!

At N&M Restoration, we’re here to change your outdoor space into a stunning leisure haven that will leave your neighbors and friends in envy. Our dedicated Design Specialists will work closely with you to bring your vision to life and create a truly personalized oasis that reflects your home’s unique personality.

Unleash Your Creativity with Aggregate Concrete

The options are endless. Add a touch of color to your design and watch as your outdoor space comes alive. From earthy tones to bold shades, you have the power to customize every detail, making your space truly one-of-a-kind. Just let your imagination soar as you create a personal paradise that truly reflects your style and taste.

Beauty Meets Safety

Not only is this a sight to behold, but it’s safe. Say goodbye to worries about slippery surfaces when shoveling or walking. The unique texture of exposed aggregate is a great non-slip surface, giving you and your loved ones and guests peace of mind.

Your Dream Space Awaits

With our expertise and passion for creating beautiful outdoor spaces, we are committed to making your dream a reality. Whether you want a luxurious patio, a welcoming walkway, or a captivating pool deck, our team will bring their skills and knowledge to deliver superior craftsmanship and unparalleled beauty.

Don’t Wait – Let’s Get Started!

The time has come to elevate your outdoor living experience with the elegance and safety of this amazing decorative concrete. Take that first step towards creating a space that reflects your style and enhances your lifestyle. Contact us today and let our team of experts guide you on this exciting journey. Your dream space awaits! The exposed aggregate concrete pictures below are from some of our recent projects.

Uses, Features & Benefits

Beautiful decorative and colorful options
Walkways, pathways, and approaches
Driveways with brick paver ribbons
Patios & Outdoor living areas
Pool Surrounds
Multiple different colors and finishes available
Great choice for a variety of different projects
Very easy to maintain
Financing available
Extremely durable and long-lasting

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Types of Exposed Aggregate Concrete in Michigan

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Exposed Aggregate Patio

Exposed aggregate is a type of finish for concrete surfaces, it’s decorative. We remove the top layer of cement paste to reveal the aggregate (stones and materials) under it. The aggregate is made up of various materials such as pebbles, shells, crushed stone, or even recycled materials like glass.

There are several types of exposed aggregate finishes available in the market, each with unique properties, strengths, and weaknesses:

Monolithic: This type is where the fancy rocks and materials are mixed into the concrete before it’s poured. This mix consists of cement, water, sand, and aggregate, which can be chosen based on color, size, and type, depending on the desired look.

Seeded: This involves hand-placing additional aggregates onto the surface of the freshly placed concrete. And placing aggregate allows for many options but may not be as durable as monolithic aggregate.

Overlay: We apply it to an existing concrete surface. So, it’s a good option if you want to upgrade the look of your current concrete surface, but it may not be as durable as the other options.

Benefits of Exposed Aggregate Concrete

Exposed aggregate concrete offers several benefits, including its beauty and visual appeal, and it is slip-resistant, durable, and low maintenance. It’s also highly customizable, allowing you to choose the aggregate’s type, color, and size to match your design needs.


It’s common to find it in driveways, patios, pool decks, sidewalks, and other outdoor areas. It’s also common in commercial settings for its durability and easy maintenance.

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Close Up View of the Aggregate.

Finishing Options and Customizations

You can finish exposed aggregate concrete in several ways. These finishes include brushing and washing, using a surface retarder, or abrasive blasting. The finish affects the level of exposure and the appearance of the aggregate. You can also customize the look by choosing the aggregate’s type, color, and size.


Regular cleaning, sealing, and occasional pressure washing are all needed to maintain exposed aggregate concrete. But it should get a fresh sealant every few years to protect the surface and enhance the color (e.g., keeping it decorative concrete). As such, the specific upkeep depends on the type, color, and your contractor’s upkeep advice. See below.

Selecting Exposed Aggregate Concrete

The choice of exposed aggregate concrete depends on the project’s expected traffic, durability, and sustainability requirements. So, the monolithic aggregate may be the best choice for high-traffic areas for its durability. And Seed or overlay aggregate may be best if looks are a key factor or matter a lot to you.

Remember, consulting with a concrete professional is always advisable to ensure the proper selection for your specific project needs; give us a call to schedule your free estimate now: (248) 924-9798. We have more than 200 tons of regular and decorative concrete poured over the years and a decade of hardscape and landscape design experience.

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Maintaining Exposed Aggregate Concrete

aggregate concrete driveway garageMaintaining exposed aggregate concrete is essential to preserve its longevity and appearance. Here are some key tasks we experts recommend:

Pressure Washing: Regularly powerwash the surface to remove dirt, debris, and stains. Use a suitable cleaning solution or cleaning agent for stubborn stains.

Treating Stains: Use a concrete-safe commercial chemical cleaner or degreaser for oil stains or tire marks. Just apply the cleaner and scrub the affected area before rinsing it off.

Rinse and Clean: After cleaning, rinse the surface with water to remove any residue or cleaning agents. This helps keep the integrity of the concrete and stops buildup.

Sealing & Professional Maintenance

Scheduled Sealing: Additionally, applying a quality sealer is crucial to protect exposed aggregate concrete from damage caused by weather, UV rays, and general wear and tear. Sealers also enhance the color and shine of the aggregate. However, depending on your finish, material, and expected use, we’ll let you know the best sealer option. We also offer maintenance services and a warranty on all of our work.

Repairing Cracks: Monitoring the surface for any cracks or damage is best. And promptly repair cracks using an appropriate concrete repair product to prevent further deterioration.

But remember, maintenance requirements vary and depend on the specific conditions and usage of the exposed aggregate concrete. Once the job is done, you’ll know what steps to take to care for your concrete properly. And we’ll inform you of the manufacturer’s guidelines for the best care.

Service Areas

Washtenaw County

Livingston County

Macomb County

Oakland County

Wayne County

White Lake


Rochester Hills


West Bloomfield

Frequent Questions

Can you match exposed aggregate concrete?


Can you match exposed aggregate concrete?

Yes, matching exposed aggregate concrete is something we at N&M Restoration are equipped to handle. Exposed aggregate concrete is known for its unique and decorative finish, where the top layer of cement paste is removed to reveal the aggregate (like stones or sand) beneath. Matching this type of concrete involves a few key steps:

Aggregate Selection

The first step is to identify and source an aggregate that matches the existing concrete in size, shape, color, and type. This can be one of the more challenging aspects, as aggregates used in the original mix might not always be readily available.

Color Matching

The color of the concrete (the cement and sand mix in which the aggregate is embedded) must also be matched. This might involve custom-mixing cement with specific proportions and types of sand.

Finishing Techniques

The method used to expose the aggregate in the new concrete must be consistent with the existing concrete. This might involve water washing, abrasive blasting, or using a surface retarder to expose the aggregate.

Curing and Sealing

Proper curing and sealing are a must to ensure the new concrete matches the look and age of what’s there already.

Given the complexities of matching the material’s colors, working with a skilled contractor with experience in this area is key. At N&M Restoration, we take pride in matching existing concrete surfaces closely. We make sure it’s a seamless repair or extension that maintains your property’s look and functions right.

Can aggregate concrete be resurfaced?


Can aggregate concrete be resurfaced?Yes, aggregate concrete can be resurfaced, and it’s a standard method to bring old or worn exposed aggregate surfaces back to life. Resurfacing involves applying a new layer of concrete or a concrete overlay on top of the existing aggregate surface. Here are key points to consider in the resurfacing process:

Surface Prep

The existing concrete surface must be thoroughly cleaned and any damaged areas repaired. It’s crucial to ensure the surface is free of dirt, grease, and loose material for the new overlay to adhere properly.

Choosing the Right Overlay Material: Various types of concrete overlays are available, and the choice depends on the desired look and the condition of the existing concrete. Some overlays are specifically designed for aggregate concrete and can be custom-colored to match or complement the existing surface.

Applying the Overlay

The overlay material is spread over the existing concrete. Techniques vary depending on the product used, but typically it involves spreading a thin layer evenly across the surface.

Exposing the Aggregate

If you want to maintain the look, the new surface will need to be treated to expose the aggregate. This can be done using methods like surface retarders or by sandblasting after the concrete has set.

Curing and Sealing

Proper curing is essential for the durability of the resurfaced area. After curing, sealing the surface can enhance its appearance and protect it from wear, weather, and staining.

Resurfacing is a cost-effective way to extend the life and improve its look. However, it requires expertise to ensure that the new surface bonds well with the old one and that the finished look meets your expectations.

At N&M Restoration, we have the experience and skills to resurface aggregate concrete effectively, ensuring high-quality results that look great and last long. Contact us for a consultation if you’re considering resurfacing.