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Concrete Services

Driveway and pathway specialists in the Christchurch area

The four main types of concrete finishes are plain, exposed aggregate, colour and stamped. These days plain and exposed options make up a lot of the work we do particularly in the new housing subdivisions, however, our Placing Team are capable of handling any of the 4 options.

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Plain Concrete

Plain concrete still remains a very common and popular option.
There are a number of finishes available depending on how much texture (anti slip) is desired and the use of the area. In Canterbury with cool winters and some frosts, it is dangerous to have a smooth finish, so some thought needs to be given to the most suitable option. Many people now also choose to have a half shot of black oxide added to their concrete to avoid that very white ‘new concrete’ look.

Exposed Aggregate Concrete

This is becoming the most common finish to concrete areas in most new housing sub-divisions because it is both decorative and long-lasting. Many people do not realise that there are plenty of choices of different types of exposed finishes depending on the chosen stone mix and also you can vary the colour by adding a half or full shot of black oxide.

Coloured Concrete

Coloured concrete often with decorative cuts is still sometimes used – particularly on patio areas. It is most commonly used where a particular look is desired or where an exposed aggregate finish may not be appropriate.

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete had all but disappeared for a few years, but following the earthquakes some people elected a like-for-like replacement rather than swapping to the more modern exposed aggregate, so it has had something of a revival. These days many of the stamp patterns and colours available when stamped concrete was more common, are simply not readily available these days. However, we are still able to offer a range of good options for those still seeking a stamped finish.