Although concrete curbs provide a finished, attractive look to streets, driveways and parking lots, they also offer a variety of useful functions. They can prevent vegetation from encroaching upon the pavement, discourage parking or driving on lawns and sidewalks, channel runoff efficiently to storm drains and delineate property boundaries.
Concrete curbs can be constructed in various shapes and sizes to help achieve specific goals. For example, pedestrians are less likely to trip over a curb with square edges, while a high, vertical-faced curb is a strong deterrent to vehicles.
Curb heights are normally determined by the functionality desired, but appearance can also be an important factor. The same is true for the width of the curb. In most parts of the United States, curb heights typically range from 4 inches to 8 inches; curb widths usually range from 6 inches to 8 inches.
Curbs designed to channel runoff typically border a gutter. Concrete gutters can be built at the intersection between the curb and the roadway, cast at the same time as the curb or constructed as a pavement component.
Curbs can present a formidable barrier to people with mobility issues. Curb ramps at intersections or between your business and your parking lot can help the handicapped navigate independently. However, you should make sure that your curb ramps comply with the regulations stated in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Curb Repairs and Maintenance
Although concrete curbs are extremely durable, they can be damaged. Cars may be driven over them accidentally or intentionally. Tree roots may uplift a section of curbing. Heavy trucks may scrape against the curb or inadvertently back over it. However, regardless of how the damage occurs, repairs are typically economical and quick. If a section becomes damaged beyond repair, it is usually a simple matter to replace just the damaged section. If you are having concrete curbs installed or replaced, be sure to turn sprinklers off for between 48 and 72 hours after the concrete is installed. If concrete gets wet before it is sufficiently cured, discoloration or blotchiness may result.
Maintaining concrete curbs is relatively simple. About all the routine maintenance that is needed is to have painted curbs repainted whenever they become faded and to have any cracks that might develop repaired in a timely manner. It is also important to keep gutters and drain grates clear to prevent runoff from backing up on the pavement or above the top of the curbs.
Why You Should Choose LDC
LDC Paving specializes in the repair and maintenance of asphalt and concrete pavement in Houston. We have the experience to deliver extraordinary results at a competitive price. Our services include concrete repair and patching, asphalt overlays, parking lot striping, asphalt paving, traffic sign installation, asphalt repair, sealcoating, speed bump installation and the installation of car stops and bollard posts. To request a free quote, call (832) 640-7296 or submit our convenient online form.