Tired of the dated look and bumpy texture of their exposed aggregate front walkway and porch, the owners of this Coppell, TX suburban home wanted to do something different to make it blend in better with the other homes in their neighborhood. With an extensive brick and stone facade, they wanted a patio and walkway that would complement this look, not contrast it, and at a reasonable price, to boot. They gave us a call to see if we could apply some cement resurfacing to change it from "bland" to "Grand"!
Basically, an exposed aggregate surface is a concrete flooring style that has hundreds or thousands of tiny stones sticking out of a concrete surface. Exposed aggregate continues to be a popular surface treatment for driveways, walkways, and sidewalks, primarily because it is a cheap and easy upgrade from just bare concrete that builders can offer their clients when their top priority is to finish a job quickly. That being so, it's not surprising that we often get calls to transform this "vanilla" look into something a little more unique. Cement resurfacing can transform these rough exposed aggregate surfaces into something beautiful and inventive.
When we perform a trowel-down project over aggregate, in essence we are burying all of the little stones under a thin layer of fresh concrete. Normally we can completely cover up the exposed aggregate finish with just two coats of our cement resurfacing material.
After applying the second, textured coat over the patio and walkway in our cement resurfacing project, we moved forward with the customer's request: scoring, or cutting, the trowel-down texture into shapes of varying sizes. Usually we use a wide cutting blade to create a more natural stone look but our client specifically asked us to use a thinner blade which is why there is not a lot of separation between the stones. With that accomplished, we then applied color by staining each of the stones we had created. Our client asked for orange, reddish tones that worked with the home's brick and stone fašade and which we applied randomly to individual stones. Ultimately, the scoring and staining step of all cement resurfacing jobs is more of an art than a science. We typically do not use a template to create the stone shapes, but rely instead on our experience and visual observations to create a realistic, rustic-looking end product, tailor made to what our client is requesting. In this particular project they actively participated in shaping the stones, guiding us while we were chalking out the stone pattern before cutting them out. It worked out very well, our delighted homeowners got the exact curb appeal they wanted and were happy to bid farewell to the exposed aggregate that they had come to abhor.