There’s a time-honored adage about concrete which states that concrete is consistently inconsistent. Every single pour will be different from the next, with variations in color, cracking and overall flatness. While the polish finish is the end-game for custom concrete applications, aggregate exposure in custom concrete flooring can add a dimension of beauty and interest to the finished product.
Concrete aggregate exposure is popular with architects looking for a flooring option that offers design flexibility at a lower cost than terrazzo. The polishing process usually includes grinding down the concrete surface to reveal different levels of aggregate within the concrete or the addition of decorative aggregates, such as recycled glass, landscaping stone, and others, seeded into the surface for decorative purposes. Depending on the diamond grit used to prep a polished concrete floor, different levels of aggregate exposure can be achieved.