1Can I buy these in sections?
No, the curbing is extruded from a special curb machine. We come to the site and lay down a continuous custom concrete edging that defines and beautifies existing and new landscape and garden areas. The concrete edging is one continuous piece with control joints cut half way through, approximately 2 feet apart. Since there are no separate pieces, grass and weeds will not grow through the concrete.
2How long does the process take?
Most jobs we will get done in just one day. Longer jobs or inclement weather may slow us down some. It is imperative that you keep everything off the curb for a minimum of 48 hours. After a week the curb should be hard enough to mow on and work around. Total curing will take about 28 days.
3Do you use reinforcement in your curbing?
A 1/8 inch hot dipped galvanized steel cable goes through the curb as it is being extruded. We also use a unique admixture designed to reduce shrinkage and cracking that can occur in low slump concrete mixes.
4Will the curbing crack?
Under normal conditions and taking the necessary precautions, your curbing should look great for many years to come. There is a chance, because we are in Minnesota, that there could be a hairline crack at some point in your curb’s life. We use an admixture to reinforce the concrete, air entranced cement, and a variable gas-powered curb machine for greater companions and curb strength, and cut control joints about every 2 feet to control the expansion/contraction process. No one will guarantee totally against cracking. If they do, read the fine print. A 1/8-inch hot dipped galvanized steel cable is run through the entire curb during the extrusion process to minimize shifting and/or separation.
5What colors and stamp patterns are available?
We have many different styles, patterns, rollers, and colors to choose from. Please see our styles & patterns and gallery pages for examples and specific details.
6Will the color fade over the years?
No, not if integral colors are added during the mixing process, and a sealer is applied to prevent fading. Resealing is a good maintenance practice every 2-3 years. Curb Creations keeps track of what colors and mix ratios were used at your residence. If we ever have to come back to add more curbing, we have an accurate record of what colors were used.
7Will you give me ideas and suggestions?
YES… We will use our 38 years of experience to give you many different ideas and suggestions. Our goal is for your yard to become a showplace. We will use our creative design ideas and techniques to make your yard stand out among your neighbors. Take a look at our photo gallery for design ideas.
8What about existing edging and sprinkler heads?
Every job is a little different, but under normal conditions we will pull the existing edging before installation. Sprinklers may have to be moved, but in most cases, we can work around them. With some installations our curbing may be in front, or may be in back of sprinkler heads. It really depends where the final design of the edging will go.
9Do trees with surface roots pose a problem?
YES… most trees will have some type of surface root. Some trees, like the Silver Maple, are terrible for surface roots. We probably will not attempt to put our curbing around this tree. For other trees it is a good idea to move our curbing out further from the tree. We will have to cut any roots that may pose a problem for installation. There is also a potential problem in the future that surface roots may grow back and uplift the curving. We will look at these on an individual basis. There is no warranty when curbing is installed around trees.
10How do you price the concrete edging?
Pricing is based primarily on the number of lineal feet extruded per job site. Factors such as ground preparation problems, number of different areas to be done, coloring and stamping, and travel distance may affect the price. This is why we give FREE consultations. We need to see the site before we can give you a firm quote.