Which concrete finish is more affordable?
Let’s talk dollars and common sense.
Naturally, you want to keep costs low whether you’re installing a new pathway through your front yard, or adding a large driveway to upgrade your industrial space. Thankfully, both exposed aggregate and stamped concrete are cost-effective options.
This is true of both their initial installation costs, as well as the lack of maintenance costs down the line (meaning you spend less on constant repairs and upkeep). In terms of price, aggregate concrete is typically cheaper, coming in at the lower end of a $50 to $60 per m2 price point.
That doesn’t mean you’ll be taking out a second mortgage to install stamped concrete though, as it’s also an economical choice, but you will pay more for stamping.
Once installation costs have been factored in, expect to pay around $120 per m2 for stamped concrete and $100 per m2 for exposed aggregate concrete. Keep in mind, your final price will depend on variables like the size of your concrete project, the complexity of the location, the skill of your contractor, and any aesthetic goals you have in mind.
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Which concrete finish is more durable?
In short – exposed aggregate concrete is more durable. Stamped concrete is more suitable for interior spaces, as it may crack under heavy pressure in driveway settings, but exposed aggregate offers superior strength and durability.
However, that doesn’t mean that stamped concrete will be crumbling into dust any time soon. Both concrete finishes are highly durable (they are concrete, after all) and can last between 5 to 10 years in perfect condition.
Exposed aggregate concrete gets the nod as the more robust option though with weather-resistant qualities that can stand up to Melbourne’s unpredictable climate, while offering resilience against hot and cold temperatures. This is why it is favoured for Melbourne driveways, patios, and pathways because it can handle all forms of foot and vehicle traffic with ease.
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After carefully considering the pros and cons of both types of concrete, we don’t blame you if you’re still stuck on the fence.
Both options provide lasting durability and the strength to stand up to the environment, foot traffic, and Melbourne’s unique weather conditions. Although exposed aggregate is more durable and affordable, stamped concrete offers a greater range of colours, styles, and aesthetic advantages.
With two products that can elevate your space for decades to come, the “right” choice will be one that meets your needs and budget. If you’d like help finding the right concrete finish for your home or business, let’s chat about your project.
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