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BU543 Concrete finishes (2012)

Product Description

The appearance of concrete can be varied by altering the proportions of the materials used or by using special additives. The material can also be coloured during the mixing process or after it is in place.

Once concrete is hardened, the surface can be further treated to give a variety of appearances and finishes.

This bulletin covers:

  • applicable standards
  • thermal mass benefits
  • slip resistance
  • planning and design
  • concrete mix design
  • common finishes
  • specialised finishes, including exposed aggregate, ground, diamond polished or honed, decorative saw cut, pigments, seals and stains, abrasive or ‘shot' blasting, stamped or stencilled, and acid wash and stain finish.