One of the most common landscaping elements in residential outdoor spaces is concrete curbing. A concrete curbing is more durable than traditional landscape edging options. Further, a concrete curbing puts forth more options from an aesthetic perspective. Before installing a concrete curbing, it is important to be familiar with the various options available in this niche.
Concrete Curbing Types
A basic categorization of concrete curbing choices includes:
1. Common Concrete Curbs: Separate Curbs
Types of separate concrete curbs include:
Barrier curbs are also called straight curbs. These are recommended along pavements or outdoor spaces were heavy vehicles are parked or driven regularly. They perform the critical function of avoiding vehicles slipping away from the designated parking space. Barrier curbs cannot be driven over by most vehicles, i.e. they function like a permanent obstacle.
Mountable curbs are essentially a slight variation of barrier curbs. These are also called roll curbs or rolling curbs. Their edges are much smoother than barrier curbs and they have a lesser elevation. This allows vehicles to drive over them without inducing any damage to the wheels or tires. These are not very common in residential spaces. They are more common among commercial spaces or large households with an expansive parking section wherein the speed of the vehicles and their movement needs to be restricted at the time of accessing the driveway. These curbs perform a function very similar to speed bumps found on roads.
Some concrete curbs need to be chosen with care. This is commonly seen when concrete curbing is used for bordering flowerbeds or gardens. Gardening requirements like mowing the lawn present some typical issues that can be resolved by choosing Mower Curbs. The front edge of these curbs is slightly raised. This ensures that the curb is level with the lawn. This helps to run the lawnmower along the edges of the curb. This helps to mow the grass evenly and prevents any damage to the lawnmower.
2. Monolithic Curbs
Monolithic curbs are also called integral curbs. These are found in concrete pavements/driveways wherein they are present along the edges of the pavement without any visible joint or seams. The curb and the pavement appear like one entity—this is why they are also called integrated or fused curbs as opposed to separate curbs. The lack of seams helps to render more durability to the curb sections. As a result, wear and tear induced by heavy wheels along the edges is neutralized to a greater extent. Lack of seams also neutralizes chances of water penetration.
3. Decorative Concrete Curbing: Slanted Curbs
Concrete curbing is also used for purely aesthetical reasons. It can be used for establishing a permanent border around a flowerbed or to emphasize a part of the outdoor landscape, i.e. to make it the focal point. A concrete curb can be embellished with various colors or stamped to create different looks. Homeowners wanting a curb to showcase brightly-colored borders in a more visible format can opt for Slanted Curbs. These are also called angled curbs where the slanted edge is painted with a color of choice. It is commonly opted when the color of the slant needs to complement a different color of the curb’s straight edges or the surrounding landscape for a more vibrant appeal.
It should be noted that the overall shape and dimensions of the above curbs can be manipulated according to the preference of the homeowner. Each of these curbs can be further combined with a gutter, i.e. a concrete curb with a gutter attachment.