FAQ’s about Concrete Edging

 

How strong is continuous concrete edging?
Continuous concrete provides a durable, permanent, border with low maintenance. It won’t rot, shatter, splinter, etc. Constructed of reinforced concrete, you can expect your edging to last for years to come. We use polypropylene fibers that are added to concrete before it is poured the fiber helps prevent cracking and holds the concrete together. When fully cured continuous concrete edging is rated at 4,000 psi (pounds per square inch). Total curing time varies from 14 to 30 days depending on the weather. Curbing is designed to be continuous poured in place edging with control joints placed 18 to 24′ apart. These joints will allow the curbing to flex and move with the ground when it freezes.

Is rebar recommended in continuous concrete edging?
No, continuous concrete edging is not designed for rebar. However it is not rebar that is put into the edging it is a thin piece of wire embedded in the curbing. It is not recommended by the manufacturer of the equipment to make this modification. The wire will not stop the curbing from moving with the ground when it freezes. The flimsy smooth wire will only bend and slide within the curbing. The wire also has the potential of holding the curbing up when the ground thaws out in the spring making a void underneath the edging which could cause major water problems.

Can curbing be repaired or added to later?
Yes, depending on the damage, many times the curbing can be set back into place and it will look and perform like it did when it was new. If the curbing has been severely damaged we can cut a stretch of the curbing out and re-pour a new section in its place. We cut curbing from previous pours with no problem, colors will be very close to matching. We keep record of the mix of color we use on each job so we can be consistent in color from year to year.

How is curbing installed and is it messy?
If there is existing edging it will be removed. The ground is marked using spray paint and then the existing edging is removed. Next the sod is removed, packed and leveled in the the low areas. Then the concrete is mixed on site and added to the edging extruding machine using wheelbarrows. The concrete is placed in the machine and is forced through our molds, which creates a continuous concrete edge. The edging is then trowled to a smooth finish. At this time stamping or impressions can be added. Before hardening, expansion joints are cut into the concrete and clean up begins.

What kinds of colors and styles do you have to choose from?
Many different types of molds are possible that will add a distinctive look to your landscaping. Along with the different molds offered a wide variety of styles and colors are also available to fit your budget and needs. You’re sure to find a color and style that compliments your home or business. Concrete yard edging can also be stamped with brick or rock patterns and textures that will enhance the appearance of your landscaping and add curb appeal and value to your home or business.

 

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