Custom Installation Process
Our product is not pre-cast. It is custom installation done at your residence, business, etc. The majority of jobs are an easy in, easy out, one day installation. In most cases the only thing you will notice at the end of the day is a distinctive concrete border that dramatically improves the appearance of flower beds, landscape areas, driveways, sidewalk and patio areas.
1. Free On-Site Evaluation and Estimate
It is extremely important for us to look at the site before a solid price can be given. We can give you a ballpark figure based primarily on footage but this may change once we are at the job site. We want your yard to be a distinctive “showplace”. We will always give you professional advice and design ideas so that your new concrete edging will contour, flow, and gracefully compliment your landscaping and home.
2. Approximate Installation Date Set
We will give you an approximate date when we will start the installation of your new concrete edging. Any variances are usually due to weather. Remember that Curb Creations is busy throughout the construction season, so please book as early as possible to avoid long delays.
3. Ground Preparation
Before ground preparation begins, we use marking paint to mark the contours, curves and graceful lines that will accent your yard. The ground is prepared using a sod cutter and shovels. We dig a small trench approximately 2 inches deep and 12 inches wide. It is extremely important that the trench is deep enough to compliment mowing and maintenance. Great pride is also taken in making sure the trench is flowing exactly as we had designed.
The concrete is mixed on-site with a self-contained mixer and trailer. A special mix, using air-entrained portland cement, fine washed sand, and fibermesh produces a zero-slump concrete with a comprehensive strength of 3500 lbs. per square inch. Integral colors are added and mixed throughout the concrete. No slurry coats or colored sealants are used.
5. Concrete Extrusion
The concrete is wheel-barrowed to the curb machine, fed into the hopper of the curb machine, and automatically extruded into a beautiful, continuous landscape border. Garden beds and landscape areas are gracefully installed with a radius as small as 36 inches.
6. Finishing and Cutting Joints
Troweling is done immediately after extrusion to take out any imperfections in the concrete. Great care is taken in achieving a professional finished appearance. Control joints are then cut approximately 2ft apart, 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through to control the seasonal expansion/contraction process.
7. Stamping and Texturing
Completed after the concrete has been troweled, and release, or accent colors have been cast on the wet curb. this process will give your edging the look and feel of real brick, paved surface or stone. We are experienced in complementing colors and textures to match your existing landscaping and homes exterior.