1. Will my yard be damaged during your installation process?
Installing concrete landscape edging will not disturb your existing yard. We remove an 8-10 inch wide trench where we will be installing your landscape curbing. Grass outside of the current landscape remains untouched. We transfer concrete from the agreed upon mixing location to the area where your landscape edging is being installed using a powered wheelbarrow. Our wheelbarrow is equipped with large turf tires specifically designed to avoid tearing up your grass.
2. Do you have issues with cracking?
Concrete landscape curbing like all concrete is susceptible to cracking. If any curbing company tells you their Concrete landscape edging never cracks they are simply not telling you the truth. We take steps to prevent cracking by using the correct ratios and techniques when it comes to mixing and finishing the concrete edging. Spider cracks may occur in concrete and should not be mistaken for separation. There is one sure thing about concrete it cracks. Numerous factors can contribute to this such as materials, design, and temperature. The main issue with concrete landscape curbing are narrow turns, extreme inclines, and extreme declines. Curbing machines weigh approximately 210 lbs, so getting proper compression can become very difficult in these situations. Concrete landscape edging cracks that are over ¼" wide on level ground is due to operator error or lack of compaction and will be covered under warranty. Spider cracks or cracks in control joints are not covered.
3. What kind of options do I have when it comes to concrete landscape curbing?
We offer a variety of different options when it comes to choosing your concrete landscape curbing. We have three different styles of concrete curbing. Mower style, Slant style, and 4X6 Style. All three styles can be plain concrete or you can choose from a variety of different colors that we offer. We also offer stamped concrete which is available on slant or 4 x 6 style curbing. Stamping gives concrete landscape edging a multi-colored effect by using different color antique releases. You can also choose to have your curbing look like natural stone with our NEW carving techniques.
4. Which style of concrete landscape curbing is easiest to mow and trim around?
Many customers mistake the name of the mower style curbing to be more mower friendly due to its style name, however that is simply not the case. When properly installed, all styles of concrete landscape curbing are easy to mow and trim around. In fact, one of the key benefits of installing concrete landscape edging is the ease of maintenance. None of the landscape curbing styles are designed to drive your mower up on to the edge of the concrete landscape edging, you simply hover the outside edge of the mower deck over the front edge of the concrete landscape edging and in most cases eliminating the need to trim at all.
5. What about reinforcement and p.s.i.?
Concrete landscape curbing is designed for landscaping purposes and should not be compared to curbing you would see in a parking lot or on the sides of streets. The reinforcement process is not the same and for Landscape curbing we do not use the same aggregates. Most concrete landscape curbing PSI varies based on the types of sands used and mixing ratios. Most landscape curbing is in the 2000 PSI range; however there are ways to reinforce concrete landscape edging. Unlike flatwork, rebar isn't and option when it comes to landscape curbing. Cable is an option that can be ran through your curbing and will aid in separation and tensile strength. We blend polymers and fiber mesh in all of our mixes which increases mix PSI to around 3000 lb.
6. I have an existing yard, can i still have curbing put in?
Lots of grass or no grass, sprinklers or no sprinklers Creative Curbing can still install concrete landscape edging. However, existing yards may limit where you are able to install your concrete edging. It is best to install concrete landscape edging before you install sprinklers. Doing so allows us to create smooth flowing lines without obstructions. It is also important to keep in mind if you already have edging installed, whether it is black plastic, wood, bullets or other edging, it is best to to have the curbing move outside of the existing location to ensure a solid base. Concrete landscape edging can be placed outside of your existing sprinkler heads and not obstruct their spraying pattern. In locations where water is rusty it is advised to move sprinkler heads outside of the curbing to help prevent the rust from staining your curbing.
7. Can you help us with layout?
We would be more than happy to help you design your dream curb! Our years of experience allows us to help give you a good visual of what it is you're looking for in your concrete landscape curbing design. Whether it is straight lines or long flowing curves we can help!
8. What kind of warranty can I expect for this type of product?
Creative Curbing offers a one year workmanship warranty on our concrete landscape edging. Due to concrete edging curing much quicker than flatwork concrete, any issues will normally appear in the first 24 hours. Cracks that form and are more than ¼" wide are due to operator error and will be fixed. Cracks caused by vehicles, large lawn mowers, and natural causes (tree roots, ground heaving) will not be covered. Spider cracks can and may occur in landscape edging, and should not be mistaken for seperation. Customers also need to be aware when cracks are fixed we cannot guarantee that there is going to be a 100% color match. Although we make every attempt to match by documenting colors, stamps and antiquing used for every job, when you hand install sections the concrete gets worked more which can change the the base and finished color. In a lot of situations the homeowner is better off leaving a small crack vs fixing it and risking a color variation that stand out.
9. I've scheduled curbing to be put in. What should i do before the crew shows up?
All sprinklers need to be marked with either a flag or spray paint so they are not damaged during the sod cutting process. Creative Curbing is not responsible for sprinklers damaged or ruined if they are unmarked. Please make sure your driveway or an area on the street is clear of vehicles so we have room to park. Creative Curbing will need a water source for mixing the concrete. Finally all animals need to be secured during and for 24 hours after installation to insure they do not step in the curbing. (Creative Curbing is not responsible for damage done by pets)
10. What do I need to do after I have concrete landscape edging installed?
Customers need to make sure and have sprinklers turned off 24 hours after installation is complete to prevent curbing from getting damaged due to the spray of the sprinklers. All animals and kids need to be kept away from curb creation for at least 24 hours and all garden equipment and lawnmowers should be kept away for at least 1 week.
11. What do I do with sprinklers? On new properties and existing ones?
With new construction we prefer that sprinklers are installed after we install your concrete landscape curbing. Doing it this way makes it easier to achieve the dream curb creations that you desire by not limiting the ability to make adjustments. Installing sprinklers after the curb creations also makes it easier for sprinkler companies to install their sprinkler heads right where they need to be and aimed properly to eliminate spray onto the concrete landscape curbing. On existing lawns we are normally able to go outside of the sprinkler heads. No need to worry as your sprinkler heads will shoot over the curbing. Creative Curbing can move sprinkler heads that may be in the way but there is a minimal fee per head. In rare cases we are unable to move heads due to the way they are spliced into the main line. In these situations a sprinkler company would need to be consulted.
12. Are there any sealers that are applied and do I need to reapply after?
A high gloss acrylic sealer is sprayed on all curb that is stamped. The sealing process is what draws out the antiquing process and allows the color variation and stamp pattern to stand out. Very similar to putting a coat of clear stain on wood to help draw out the wood grains. Investing in a high quality sealer is a MUST, water based sealers DO NOT work well and we do not recommend using them on your concrete landscape curbing. Sealers, regardless of the quality, will need to be reapplied. The concrete landscape edging is exposed to sunlight and UV rays that will break down the sealer over time. It is best to reapply sealer on your concrete landscape edging every couple years. This will darken all your colors and bring back the luster as when the curbing was first installed. The need to reapply sealer holds true for any sealed concrete and if a company tells you they have a 10 YEAR sealer, that's simply false as sealer breaks down over time when exposed to mother nature. Sealing concrete is a very similar protection to that of waxing your car and for the same reasons as needing to reapply sealer you need to reapply wax on your car every so often.
13. Do you do anything to protect our house from water issues?
Concrete landscape curbing can create a "water dam" around your house. No matter which concrete landscape company you choose to go with this is something that should be brought up during the installation process. Creative Curbing will work with you to address and concerns over water and where we will form a drain into the concrete curb edging to allow water to escape from behind it in build up areas. We suggest that all rain gutters be extended to drain outside of the concrete curb edging to help eliminate the water build up behind the concrete curb edging.
14. Do you have a minimum footage or cost?
We have a $1,500 minimum for any project we do. This will cover approximately 130 -150 feet of concrete landscape edging depending on the style of curbing chosen.
15. Is there a minimum footage for a job? Also for trees rings?
We don't have a minimum footage but do have a minimum project cost as noted above of $1,500 per job. You must realize that a normal concrete landscape curbing crew is 3-4 men, with 2 trucks and a trailer with all the necessary equipment. Being a mobile company there is inherent costs regardless if the project is 20 feet or 500 feet. Traveling around to completed small projects without a job minimum is simply not sustainable, a company would lose money. Tree rings need to be large enough to handle growth years down the road and thus we recommend no less than a 3 foot radius / 6 foot diameter. The 6 foot diameter equates to approximately 25 feet of Curb creation.
16. Will you move the rock and remove our old edging?
We don't do any removal of your rock but will remove the old edging. We are a specialized concrete landscape edging company only. Some companies Hey Toby - may do that, we don't. We work with many landscapers across the state and would be happy to refer one in your area or work with one of your choice. We are the master at one thing, concrete landscape edging!
17. What if the curb get damaged? Will you come and fix it?
As stated in the previous question we have a $1,500 minimum for a property. If you run over your curb with a skid steer, or someone stepped on it after install it's the same. We have to bring the same equipment and same crew to do 10 feet as we would for 500 feet.