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What is Brushed Concrete?

January 28, 2019

If you’ve looked into getting a new driveway or patio, then you’ll notice that there are quite a few options to choose from when it comes to paving options. In this post, we’ll go over what brushed concrete is, what it’s good for, and what your potential style options are.


What is brushed concrete?

Brushed concrete is a different type of finish for poured concrete. After pouring, the concrete is brushed with a stiff bristled broom, which gives it a rougher surface compared to smooth “finished” concrete. Brushed concrete is also one of the most affordable options, so it’s a great choice if you’re on a budget.


Ideal Use

Brushed concrete is versatile and popular choice that can be used for driveways, walkways, staircases, or patios.

Because the rough texture of brushed concrete adds more traction, it’s great for areas that are bound to get wet, such as a patio near a swimming pool. The extra traction can help prevent slips and falls.


Maintenance and Lifespan

Brushed concrete is a low maintenance option and doesn’t require regular upkeep. It can often last 30-40 years.


What kind of styles can I choose?

Brushed concrete might seem simple at first, but there are actually a variety of choices you can make to personalize it. This can range from choosing different colors, different brush designs, or even enhancing the look with stylized applications of grass or stones to separate slabs of concrete. Take a look at some possible style options below:


Exposed Aggregate Concrete

Exposed aggregate concrete is the universal term for concrete which incorporates natural stones, like pebbles, applied into the top layer of poured concrete. The result is a timeless look with unmatched durability. Great for surfaces that require a bit more traction as well.


Poured Concrete Paver with Pebbles

A trending concrete application is the use of substantially sized pebbles between the slabs or pavers. Shown here, large concrete slabs are punctuated with three to four inch gaps filled with smooth pebbles. When the base is prepared properly, these slabs hold up astonishingly well to wear and tear. A look that is sure to garnish compliments!


Poured Concrete Paver with Grass

One of the most highly requested paving styles is the large poured concrete paver. The concrete can be installed with a variety of finishes or colors. The addition of artificial turf or groundcover between the pavers creates a desirable, modern look.


Brushed Concrete with Color

Add a dynamic twist to basic gray brushed concrete with integral color. The team at Ergeon can work with you to select the perfect brushed concrete color that will compliment the color of your home and highlight your landscape.



We hope this helped you get a better idea of what brushed concrete is and how it can be used for your hardscape needs. If you live in the Bay Area or Sacramento and liked any of the above styles, click here to request a free driveway installation quote. You can also view our other driveway options here.


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