Concrete Curbing Maintenance
Contact With Curbing
Keep pets, children and objects away from the curb for at least 24 hours.
Your curbing will be hard to the touch after 24 hours, but still needs several days to fully set up.
Sod laying, sprinkler and landscape work can be started 48-72 hours after installation; however, caution must be taken as shovels, picks, and wheelbarrows can damage the curb for several more days while it is still curing. A full cure requires 28 days.
If you have a landscape contractor working for you, caution them about protecting the curb from damage. If wheelbarrows are used for hauling rock over the curb, put a mound of dirt over it (at least 6” deep) or build a ramp over the curb to keep the weight from cracking or damaging it. NEVER allow a tractor, bobcat, or truck to run over the curb.
Rain & Water
If it begins to rain within 6 hours after we leave the job, try to cover the curb with plastic. Make sure sprinklers do NOT come on for at least 48 hours. Irrigation, backwash from pools, condensate lines or rain can damage the curb during the first 48 hours.
After 48 hours your curbing will be fully cured and is free to be exposed to rain and water
Efflorescence (white powder substance) can appear on occasion and does not look good on curbing. The intensity of efflorescence varies depending on the type (hardness) of water and the volume of water that gets on the curb. Check your sprinkler heads while the system is on and try to adjust them to minimize the amount of water spraying directly on the curb. If you have just planted sod and are watering frequently, efflorescence may appear more readily. Be patient, wait for lawn to get established, turn the water off for a few days, then clean the curb after it dries. A solution of 50/50 vinegar and water with a light brushing will remove the efflorescence. You may have to do this a few times; eventually the efflorescence will go away.
Once in a while curbing with color in it may look “splotchy” for a few days while it is curing. This will go away as it cures and is not to be confused with efflorescence.
Post Install Clean Up
When the curbing is installed as a retrofit (grass is already in place) there will be a small amount of concrete on the ground between the new curb and the grass. It is very difficult to remove this concrete while the curb is still wet. After a 48 hour curing period, this concrete can be picked up in small pieces and thrown away. We ask that you take a few minutes to remove the excess concrete. This will allow your grass to grow back against the curb. You may want to place sand and/or dirt in this area as well if there are voids between the curb and grass.
If the curbing is damaged, we will come back and make the necessary repairs. However, there is a $200 minimum charge for this service.
Damage to sprinkler lines, telephone wires, cable TV or other buried items by our equipment and personnel is not our responsibility. We will make every effort to avoid these areas.
Straight Edge Curbing offers a one year guarantee against defects in materials or workmanship. It will be replaced at no charge if the defect is caused by the materials we use or the way it was installed by our workmen.
Concrete curbing, like any other concrete product CAN and WILL crack. We make control cuts in all of our curbing. If you look at a concrete drive way, sidewalk, patio, etc., you will see that they all have either control cuts or expansion joints. Ideally, that is where the concrete will crack as that is the weakest point in the concrete. We experience very little cracking outside of the control cuts, but it does happen, as with any concrete.