Concrete with Exposed Aggregate

Usage: Distinctive

Exposed aggregate, such as pebble-sized stone, can be added to unpigmented or pigmented concrete mixtures to create texture and increase the distinctive quality. Aggregates can vary in size and color to achieve different effects.

Sand-colored concrete sidewalk with exposed aggregate: Prospect Park West, Brooklyn
Concrete with exposed aggregate


See benefits of Unpigmented Concrete

  • Exposed aggregate creates a textured and more natural appearance
  • Exposed aggregate camouflages dirt and gum in high-traffic areas


See considerations for Unpigmented Concrete


  • Because this is a Distinctive sidewalk treatment, it is best used when applied to entire blocks, rather than to the sidewalks of individual small properties which would create a “patchwork” effect
  • Requires PDC approval

Pigmented concrete with exposed light-colored aggregate

  • May be used in commercial areas with high foot traffic

Sand-colored concrete with exposed aggregate

  • Appropriate for sidewalks adjacent to waterfronts, parks, and other open spaces


Aggregate specification source: DOT Standard Specifications

Pigmented concrete with exposed light-colored aggregate: Special Section 4.13 E

DOT sand-colored concrete with exposed aggregate: Special Section 4.13 E

See design guidance for Unpigmented Concrete

  • Sustainability opportunity: Supplementary cementitious materials (SCM)
  • Sustainability opportunity: Recycled concrete aggregate (RCA)


See maintenance for Unpigmented Concrete

  • Adjacent property owners are generally responsible for maintaining this material
  • Use of these materials generally requires a maintenance agreement