BEFORE AND AFTER
The long lifespan and low maintenance requirements of exposed aggregate are among its key advantages. Due to its tough construction and exposed small stones at its surface, it can withstand adverse weather conditions and intense sunshine for a long time while still staying non-slip. With the proper care and routine maintenance, an exposed aggregate driveway can last up to thirty years or longer. The average lifespan of exposed aggregate used in pools typically lasts fifteen to twenty years before needing to be resurfaced or extensive repairs.
Because it requires more labour than conventional concrete, exposed aggregate is more expensive. You should anticipate paying between $100 and $150 per square meter. It is about twice as expensive as class concrete, which costs $60 to $85 per square meter, or reinforced concrete, which costs $65 to $90 per square meter. Another consideration is that this concrete is applied differently from other concrete because it is a decorative paving. However, it should be emphasized that choosing exposed aggregate is worthwhile given the ideal appearance, the availability of many colours and textures, durability, and other benefits.
Exposed aggregate is undoubtedly one of the greatest driveway flooring solutions. You can smooth down and polish exposed aggregate surfaces or raise them to give your driveway a unique texture. Exposed aggregates are more traffic-resistant than natural stone and are as durable as any plain concrete surface. Most importantly, exposed aggregate surfaces may endure long stretches of heavy traffic and severe weather with little to no maintenance. It is strong and durable, and because most exposed aggregate surfaces are elevated, they have great traction. Lastly, exposed aggregates come in several designs and are a brilliant choice for a customized driveway design.
Australian Standards AS 2870 and AS 3600 must be followed in Australia. Slabs are typically between 85 and 100 mm in thickness. Generally, the pavement between the “kerb-and-gutter” and property boundary must adhere to the local authority’s standards. The prescribed minimum slope or cross-fall for a driveway is typically 1% or 10 mm per meter for appropriate surface drainage. The maximum grade shouldn’t be more than 5% near a footpath or 25% near a property line. Since standards differ based on the construction, refer to this datasheet for more details.
Due to its excellent drainage and ability to prevent slips and falls, pavers are four times more durable than concrete slabs and safer to use. However, concrete slabs are affordable and easily accessible. Concrete may be made to resemble pavers with ease using contemporary technology. Moreover, concrete is available in a huge selection of hues, patterns, and patterns. Although concrete is also 15% less expensive than pavers, it is more prone to cracking and staining. So even though concrete would be a cheaper option, in terms of durability and maintenance, pavers would prove to be a more economical decision in the long run.
The price of constructing a concrete driveway in Melbourne would depend on the design and your requirement. However, a simple driveway costs $60 to $85 per square meter. In comparison to a flat surface, a sloping surface costs $10 more per square meter. Coloured concrete ranges from $75 to $95 per square meter. In addition to the price of concrete, a decorative driveway made of pebblecrete, stencilled, or stamped concrete would cost $100 to $150 per square meter. You should budget between $1,080 and $1,530 to commission a pathway for a tiny, single-car driveway with a 3m width and 6m length.