Frequently Asked Questions about concrete curbing/edging!
Q: How long are those pieces and where do I buy them?
A: "They" are not pieces or sections. The breaks you see approximately every 3' are expansion / control joints. The curbing is installed on each job site and extruded directly in place.
Q: Is this landscape curbing a new product and does it last?
A: It is definitely more appealing now than prior to 1999. As far as it lasting over a long time frame, it mainly depends on the installer and how well the customer takes care of it! We use top of the line products to insure long lasting curb and even go that extra mile and use a special additive and sealants to insure the clearest & consistent color.
Q: How deep do you dig and how deep is the footing?
A: We dig about 2 ½ inches deep by 10 inches wide. This can be done without disturbing your existing landscape beds. There is no footer as the curb is concrete and is its own footing.
Q: What about frost and ground movement?
A: The benefit of our concrete curbing is that is a continuous piece of concrete. Individual blocks or bricks will shift over time and in the winter. Our curb is fibermesh reinforced and also rebarred with 7x7 helix galvanized aircraft cable, which is designed to prevent our control joints from separating as well as adding psi to the curb. We place control/expansion joints every 3 feet and are cut about 40% into the curb. This is designed to control the cracking of the curb during shifting periods and colder months. If the curb should crack, it will crack in the expansion joint and not be noticeable to the naked eye.
Q: Is the color painted or stained on the curb?
A: All of the colors are iron oxide pigments that are mixed into the concrete during the mixing process. The color will not flake off or disappear over time. You may experience a little fading, but this is normal in any outdoor color application. A sealer can aid in the lifetime of the color, we recommend sealing every year.
Q: What kind of base is placed under the curb?
A: We make sure the base under the curb is compacted and level. Sometimes we will put a small layer of sand under the curb to ensure it is level. If the curb should settle a little, the expansion joints should control the cracking.
Q: Will the curbing crack?
A: We experience very little cracking however concrete will crack. We take every precaution to limit the cracking and try to control it with expansion joints.
Q: Are you limited to a design layout, such as with Timbers?
A: Concrete curbing is ideal for most any terrain. A small concrete extruding machine is very easily maneuvered, thereby providing the design flexibility needed for your specific lawn type. It curves, circles, or extrudes straight lines to allow you any design your heart desires. We encourage the homeowner to see the awe of the process. It is definitely a site to see, from before to after transformation within a few hours is amazing!
Q: How effective is this Concrete Curb in keeping out grass?
A: Extruded concrete curbing has a proven track record at preventing sod from entering your landscape beds. Your constant (losing) fight to keep sod out of your flower beds ended with this invention. You also do not have weeds growing in between this edging since it is all one continuous piece, nor can the sod grow under it if it is prepared correctly. There are a few different molds (shapes) to choose from. The most common is “slant” & “mower” style. With our machine, both molds have a minimum 4” heights in back and 2” on front. The curb is actually 6” wide. Our molds are designed high enough to keep sod from growing through it, and also high enough on the back to retain your bed covering, such as mulch. As long as your area is prepared properly and your grass clippings do not go into your flower bed, you will not have creeping sod in your flower bed area any longer!
Q: Does the curb process damage my lawn or flowerbeds, and what can I do to prepare for the installation?
A: There will not be any damage to your landscape! In fact, we recommend your sod, flowerbeds, and sprinkler systems be installed prior to our arrival. Once you approve the design of your flower bed, we sod cut the design with a 10” sod cutter so you will have that beautiful smooth flowing curb. Not only does that remove the sod for placement of the curb, but also gives you the opportunity to see the flow of the bed area prior to the installation of the curb. In other words, it still isn’t too late to change your mind on the flow.
Q: Can children or pets damage the curb?
A: The concrete curb is very vulnerable during the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours of installation. It is imperative to keep guests, children, and pets away from the curb for the first few days. In addition, many homeowners have irrigation systems which need to be turned off the day before our arrival and not turned back on until two days after installation. If the curb is damaged from any type of force we can fix the curb, however there will be an additional fee for this service.
After the first few days, the curb is strong enough that animals and children cannot hurt the curb if they step on it. It is OK to rake your bed covering back into place a few days after installation, just make sure the curb does not take a direct hit from any tools. It is best to wait a few weeks before you begin any major replanting or changes to your bed area. Keep in mind, do not allow anyone to dig underneath the curb, or run over the curb with a vehicle. Your curb is only as good as it foundation, and it is not designed to be run over by a vehicle.
Q: Sounds good, but can anyone truly afford this?
A: Compared to the “do it yourself” blocks that you can purchase and install yourself, our prices are very comparable AND it is installed professionally.