Low Maintenance Decorative Concrete Curb Adds Value While Beautifying Your Homes Exterior
Decorative concrete curb/edging has existed for decades around the world, but was originally only available to the very wealthy. Recent developments in technology have made concrete edging extremely affordable to home and business owners who wish to increase the curb appeal of their home or business. Products used in decorative concrete curb/edging are intended to look like stone or brick without the time consuming maintenance and cost that this type of edging requires.
Why Decorative Concrete Curbing?
Concrete curb replaces the outdated edging in that the new edging products requires minimal maintenance, prevents unwanted grass/weeds from growing into your bedding material, virtually eliminates trimming grass and weeds from edging, and helps contain your existing bedding material from spilling out of place. Besides being a practical alternative to plastic, timber, metal or stone, decorative concrete curb comes in a variety of colors, styles, stamps, and textures. It allows you to truly customize your new curb to your homes exterior and/or landscaping.
The versatility of this technology allows the concrete curb to follow any existing edging you may want replaced or installed new. It can also be poured in a variety of curves and contours not possible with traditional edging. Decorative concrete curbing is extruded on-site in one continuous piece so you will not get the buckling and heaving that occurs with traditional edging, especially in colder climates. Decorative concrete curb has been installed in cooler climates for over a decade, so rest assured that your concrete curb would be strong and durable for years to come.
Installing decorative curbs takes a bit of preparation. Using a sod-cutting machine, sod is removed in 6” to 9” width strips. Using square shovels, the ground is leveled. Now the curb is ready to be made. The concrete to make the curb is mixed and color is added right on site. When the concrete become the right consistency, it is added to a machine that extrudes it into one continuous border. Next, the concrete will either be stamped or troweled depending upon the design desired. Then joints known as ground movement control joints are cut into the concrete every 12 to 18 inches; just a half an inch is cut into the concrete. Depending upon the size of your project, most projects take about one day to complete.
Concrete decorative curbing can last for years, in some cases around 20 years or more. The concrete can be color-matched to your home or to any color that you choose. Curbing will help to keep landscaping where it belongs and makes cutting grass a lot easier. It also provides your home with the curb-appeal of clean lines and the look of a beautifully kept lawn. And, you will have immediate return on your investment particularly if you use stamped concrete.