Is CurbScapes of New York a local company?
Yes! We are located in Clifton Park, NY and our owners have been local residents for over 30 years.
How long are those pieces and where do I buy them?
They are not pieces or sections. The breaks you see approximately every 3' are expansion/control joints. You can purchase brick or blocks at any home improvement store to use as edging; however, our product is specifically designed to eliminate all of the problems associated with individually placed blocks, such as tipping, shifting, and unevenness. With a wide base and continuous run, our curbing stays exactly where you want it, year after year. Our trained crew does the installation, so there’s no back-and-forth to the store, lifting heavy blocks, digging a trench, or leveling for you.
How deep do you dig and how deep is the footing?
We dig about 1-2 inches deep by 8-10 inches wide. This can be done without disturbing your existing plantings and lawn. There is no footing as the curb is concrete and is its own footing. Like your concrete sidewalk, patio and driveway, the concrete border floats on the surface.
What kind of base is placed under the curb?
We make sure the base under the border is compacted and ready to accept the curb. Sometimes we will put a small layer of sand under the curb to ensure the level of the border. If the border should settle a little, the control joints should control the cracking.
What about frost and ground movement?
The benefit of our concrete border is that is a continuous piece of concrete. Individual blocks or bricks will shift over time and in the winter. Our curb is reinforced with fibermesh which is designed to take the place of rebar or steel and adds strength to the curb. We add air entrainment additive to all of our concrete mixes to further protect your borders against our harsh winters. We place control joints every 3 - 4 feet and are cut about 40% into the curb. This is designed to control the cracking of the curb during shifting periods and our freeze and thaw cycle. If the curb should crack, it should crack on the back of the expansion joint and not be noticeable. We do have the capability to run continuous steel cable in the curb for the most extreme situations, but this is normally reserved for commercial applications due to it being unnecessary and costly for homeowners.
Will the curbing crack?
We experience very little cracking in our curbing. We take every precaution to limit the cracking through our use of control joints. Concrete curbing, like any other type of concrete, can and will crack. CurbScapes of New York places expansion joints 3-4 feet apart to control cracking. Typically you might see one or two small hairline cracks develop in a long stretch of curb. This is not usually very noticeable, and can be safely ignored. If cracking does occur, it will usually be in the control joint. Please see the Care & Warranty page.
Will you need to build forms to pour the concrete into?
No. The curb is extruded in place by a specially designed concrete extruding machine. The operator steers the machine to create straight runs, circles, and curves. With nearly unlimited design flexibility, the curb can be installed on hills, around corners, and anywhere else your imagination desires.
What are my color choices?
Although we have a color chart from the dye manufacturer, we also carry samples of actual curb for you to see. If you have ever painted your living room from a color chip, and ended up with a color you weren't happy with, you understand why! We have tested all of our colors, and have custom mixed some of them, to produce actual samples that we bring to your estimate. We have many colors, including reds, browns, terra cottas, grays, and others to choose from. Simply let us know if there are any specific colors you are tying to match or compliment and we can make suggestions.
Is the color painted or stained on the curb?
All of the colors are specifically designed for use in exterior curbing and are added to the concrete during the mixing process. The color will not flake off or disappear over time. You may experience a little fading, but this is normal in any outdoor color application. We will seal all curbs (if you choose) after installation to protect the color from UV rays and harsh winter weather. A sealer will aid in the longevity of the colors vibrance. We recommend sealing every year for maximum protection. This annual service is one that we will provide at a nominal additional charge. Please see the Services page for details.
Will my existing landscape be disturbed?
No, the only piece of heavy equipment we use is our truck and trailer to get us to the site. This remains on the street or in your driveway. Our other equipment is small and specifically designed to work on and around existing landscape without disturbing it.
Will my yard be a mess? And what about my plants?
No! To create a smooth and solid base for the curb, a gas-powered edger is run only along the line where the curb is to be placed, grinding out only eight inches of existing lawn or landscaping. Should any plants be in this path, we will gladly move them out of harms way. Your yard will be left looking as good or better then when we arrived.
Will concrete curbing stop the grass from migrating into my landscaping?
Yes! Our curbs are 6" wide and will stop regular lawn grass from spreading into your landscaping. In rare instances, it may allow a very aggressive species of weed to migrate into your landscaping. In our experience, this is an almost non-existent problem. If you see a large weed growing against your curb, use Weed B Gone or a similar product to kill it.
Can curbing be installed in freezing conditions?
NO! Concrete curbs are primarily comprised of Portland cement, sand, aggregate and water. A few additives and color may be added to your concrete. Integral color or fibers to strengthen the concrete mix are common additives. The mix of sand cement and water will freeze if installed in below freezing temperatures. Concrete takes 28 days to fully cure. If at any time during this 28 day period your borders freeze the integrity of your borders can be compromised. Borders must not be installed if there is any chance of freezing with in 30 days of installation! At CurbScapes of New York, we will not install borders before April 15 or after November 15. These dates have been a guide line for the commercial concrete industry for decades. By using these dates we are insured that you will get only the best, strongest curbs possible on the market to day.
How long will the installation take?
Depending on how much curbing is to be installed, and the style chosen, most jobs can be completed in one day.
I’m not sure exactly where the curb should go. Can you help with design?
Absolutely! Although your imagination is the limit, our experience often enables us to see possibilities that you might miss. We will be happy to make suggestions to improve not only the appearance of your landscaping, but also to make maintenance simpler.