Exposed Aggregate (vs. Broom Finish/ Brushed Concrete)
Brushed concrete is the result of dragging a broom across fresh concrete before it is cured to create a nonslip surface and a visually appealing texture. A brushed concrete surface looks matte compared exposed aggregate. Brushed concrete is typical on walkways where a nonslip surface is necessary, and is the least expensive option. Exposed aggregate concrete can almost be compared to a piece of granite or marble transformed by polishing: A plain, unremarkable surface has been stripped away to reveal the exceptional beauty lying beneath. In the case of concrete, that beauty is in the form of decorative aggregate, either natural or manufactured. An exposed aggregate finish offers numerous advantages.