Decorative concrete Landscape Curbing is an attractive, durable product that will last for many years. Please follow the guidelines below for best results:
- Keep pets, children and objects away from the curb for at least 24 hours. It will be “hard” to the touch at this point, but still needs several days to fully harden internally.
- Sod laying, sprinkler and landscape work can be started 48 hours after installation, however caution must be taken as shovels picks and wheelbarrows can damage the curbing while curing. A full cure requires 28 days.
- If you have a landscape contractor working for you, caution him about protecting the curb from damage. If wheelbarrows are used for hauling rock over the curb, put a mound of dirt over it (at least 6″ deep) or build a ramp over the curb to keep the weight from cracking or damaging it. NEVER allow a tractor, bobcat or truck to run over the curb.
- If it begins to rain after curbs have been installed the sealer will prevent any damage to the curbing. However the curb can be damaged by sprinkler systems and should be turned off for 48 hours.
- It is recommended especially during hot dry weather to moisten the ground under the curb. This is done by setting your garden nozzle to a “shower” mode and liberally applying water to the top of the curb. This saturates the soil and allows the concrete to cure slowly adding strength.
- Occasionally curbing with color may look “splotchy” for a few days while it is curing. This will go away as it cures.
- If the curbing is damaged, we will come back and make the necessary repairs. However, there is a $200 minimum charge for this service.
- Cracking – concrete curbing like any other type of concrete can and will crack. Hairline cracking can easily be repaired with a grout of similar color and resealed. This makes the crack virtually invisible and is always less noticeable than removing and replacing a section.
- When the curbing is installed there will be a small amount of concrete on the ground between the new curb and the grass. It is very difficult to remove this concrete while the curb is still wet. After a 24 hour curing period, this concrete can be picked up in small pieces and thrown away. Since we have not included a return trip in the price of our curbing to do this, we ask that you take a few minutes to remove the excess concrete. This will allow your grass to grow back against the curb. You may want to placed dirt in this area as well if there are voids between the curb and grass.
- Sealing – At the time of installation your curbs have been sealed with two coats of solvent based Acrylic sealer. To protect your investment it is highly recommended to Reseal your curbing every 2 Years. Quality curbs can reseal the curbs for a fee or you can tackle the job yourself. This is professional grade sealer available ONLY at concrete supply stores.
Quality curbs offers a one year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. It will be replaced at no charge if the defect is caused by the materials we used or the way it was installed by our crew members.
Concrete curbing, like any other concrete product CAN and WILL crack. We take every precaution to prevent cracking. Fibre reinforcement and the best chemical additives are added to our mixture. Control joints are installed approximately every two feet to provide a strategic relief point for the curbing. Unfortunately with our harsh climate and movement of the ground we do occasionally experience cracking between the joints. This is not covered by warranty.
Damage to sprinkler lines, telephone wires, cable TV or other buried items by our equipment is not our responsibility and should be identified and clearly marked before our arrival.