Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are forms set to do concrete landscape curbing?
No, a machine that extrudes the concrete into a continuous concrete border is used.
2. How long does the process take?
Depending on the type and footage of the installation, it normally takes only 1 day.
3. Do you use reinforcement in your curbing?
Yes, reinforced fibers are used in the curbing to provide a 3-dimensional support system throughout your curbing.
4. Will the curbing break?
All concrete will crack. To control cracking control joints every 24-36 inches are placed to allow your curbing to expand.
5. How will replacing my existing edging with curbing effect my landscaping?
The installer will remove the existing edging, and cut a 9" wide strip of sod away from the outside edge of your existing landscaping. This will allow them to extrude the curb against your current edge. If you have any sprinkler heads on the outside of your existing landscape edge, they will need to be moved (which can be priced and done by the installer in most cases). If they are inside your edging they will not be affected by the curbing installation process.
6. Will I be able to mow up against my curbing?
Your curbing will be as strong as 3000psi and will with stand your mowers weight to ride along the edge of the curbing. The blades of your mower will not damage your curbing, and will allow you to mow right up against it, resulting in less time spent weed eating around your landscaped areas.
7. Can Anyone install this curbing?
Unlike other landscape installations, your curbing is extruded and formed onsite; Therefore, you are not buying a product but a service as the curbing does not come in blocks. We also like to think of it as a work of art. We take into consideration the shapes and contours of the design. As the old saying goes, "You Get What You Pay For!" It definitely applies to this trade. We recommend that you do your homework and see visual examples of the work performed by landscape curbing companies.
Care & Maintenance of Your New Curb
Following are some brief facts and instructions for the care and maintenance of a new curb:
1. Your new curb is a cement product. Most cement products take 28 days to cure. During this time you will need extra precautions not to damage your curb. Take extra precaution to keep pets, children, and objects away from the curb. Use gardening items such as rakes, shovels, and other gardening tools with caution. You can begin using lawn mowers after 7 days of installation. The wheels will probably not damage the curb, but the metal corners on your lawn mower may scratch or damage the product.
2. During the first couple of days, the curb will be soft, although hard to the touch, and can crumble or be scratched if sharp objects come in contact with it or if someone/something puts excessive weight or pressure.
3. Sod laying, sprinkler work and landscape work may be started 24 hours after installation; however, caution must be taken. Never allow a tractor, truck, or any other equipment to run over your curb.
4. During the first 24-48 hours you should avoid direct sprinkler impact on the curb. Irrigation, backwash from pool, condensation lines, or rain can damage the curb. Such actions will most likely discolor the curb. If it begins to rain within 6 hours after we leave the job, try to cover the curb with plastic.
5. Efflorescence, a white powder substance, is a natural occurrence. It can appear on occasion and does not look good on curbing. It is generated from water sprinklers and can also appear after a rainstorm or if there is moisture in the ground. The intensity varies depending upon the type (hardness) of water and volume of water that gets on the curb. Adjust your sprinkler heads to minimize the amount of water spraying on the curb. If efflorescence appears a solution of 50/50 vinegar and water with a light brushing will remove it. You may have to do this a few times to completely remove it.
6. Some fertilizers and chemicals will stain the curbing. If you feel you might have sprayed the concrete, you may hose it down shortly after you have finished spraying with light or minimal pressure.
7. Colored Curbing may look "splotchy" for up to 30 days while it is curing. This will go away and is not to be confused with efflorescence. Concrete is darker in color when it is first laid and will lighten up as it dries.
8. Cracking - Concrete curbing like any other type of concrete can and will crack. We try to control the cracking with expansion joints every two to four feet. If cracking does occur, it should be in the expansion joint. We experience very little cracking in our products; however, if there are any solid cracks out of the joint, we will replace the damaged area during the warranty period. A warning, however, is important to note: Repairs can be difficult to make in colored concrete. It is impossible to get a perfect color match. Sometimes the "solution is worse than the problem". A hairline crack is much less noticeable than a patch or discoloration in the curb.
9. There will be a small amount of concrete on the ground after installation. It is difficult to remove this concrete while it is still wet. After 24 hours, it can be picked up and thrown away. Since we do not include a return trip on our price, we ask that you take a few minutes to remove the excess concrete.
10. Damage to sprinkler lines, telephone wires, and other buried items by our equipment or personnel is not the responsibility of Curb-Line.
We offer curb maintenance!
We recommend maintaining your curb once a year. The process is simple and can be done by the homeowner. However, if you do not have the time or are unsure of how to do it, we offer our service for a small fee. We ask that any vegetation be cut back away from the curb before our arrival.
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