Bush Hammering Textured Concrete

At NZ Grinders we love bush hammered concrete

bush hammered external patio in front of a door at cardrona distillery
queenstown lake whakatipu waterfront path


Welcome to the world of bush hammered concrete, where durability meets artistic flair. Lets delve into the fascinating realm of bush hammered concrete – an architectural technique that marries rugged strength with intricate surface texture. Whether you’re a homeowner seeking a unique aesthetic or a designer in search of inspiration, join NZ Grinders as we explore the nuances, benefits, and creative applications of bush hammered concrete, another service we offer with our concrete polishing business

an external patio floor bush hammered for texture with the snow capped mountains in the background and a bench seat in the foreground


To texture concrete, a process called Bush Hammering is done, where specialised tooling is used to create small dimples in the concrete surface. This creates an even non-slip texture and enhances the concretes appearance. Because it’s an integral part of the concrete, the texture will last, ensuring your surface remains safe and slip-free for generations.

NZ Grinders is an approved applicator of the PeterFell TextureSafe System

Bush hammered concrete is a permanent texturing method that imparts a distinct, textured appearance to concrete surfaces. This technique involves using a specialized tool called a bush hammer – outfitted with multiple pointed or toothed heads – to create a pattern of shallow depressions, resembling the surface of naturally weathered rock. The result is a visually captivating finish that not only enhances the visual appeal but also enhances the slip resistance of the concrete.

Once the concrete is textured, it can then be sealed with a finish of your choice – clear or coloured.


  1. Aesthetic Versatility: Bush hammered concrete brings a touch of natural elegance to any setting. Its unique texture plays with light and shadow, adding depth and dimension to walkways, patios, walls, and even interior floors. The finish can range from subtle and understated to bold and dramatic, allowing you to tailor it to your specific design vision.
  2. Enhanced Slip Resistance: Safety is paramount, especially in outdoor spaces. The textured surface of bush hammered concrete offers superior slip resistance, making it an ideal choice for pool decks, pathways, and commercial spaces where foot traffic is high.
  3. Durable Charm: Beyond its aesthetic qualities, bush hammered concrete boasts exceptional durability. The textured surface increases its resistance to wear and tear, ensuring that it stands up well to heavy foot traffic, vehicular movement, and the elements.
Bush hammer outdoor patio NZ Grinders Tauranga


  1. Exterior Spaces: From grand driveways to captivating courtyards, bush hammered concrete lends a touch of sophistication to outdoor spaces. Its ability to withstand various weather conditions and maintain its allure over time makes it a favored choice for both residential and commercial exteriors. 
  2. Interior Elegance: Elevate the interior of your space with the rugged charm of bush hammered concrete. Consider using it for feature walls, countertops, or even flooring in areas where you want to make a bold design statement.
  3. Poolscapes: Safety and style harmonize effortlessly in pool areas adorned with bush hammered concrete. Its slip-resistant nature provides a secure surface around the pool while enhancing the visual appeal of the surroundings.
  4. Other areas: Cow Sheds and Industrial buildings
A pool with concrete tiles around that have been ground back and bush hammered to create a non slip area


The low-maintenance nature of bush hammered concrete is a testament to its durability. Regular cleaning and occasional resealing are typically all that’s required to keep its allure intact. With proper care, your bush hammered concrete surfaces can retain their beauty for years to come.

To read more about bush hammered concrete, see our blog articles.

close up of external steps on a patio with full stone exposure and a bush hammer finish

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