1. Keep pets, children, and objects away from the curb for at least 24 hours. It will be “hard” to the touch at this point, but will still need a few days to get completely hard.
2. Sod laying, sprinkler work, and landscape work can be started 24 hours after installation; however caution must be taken as shovels, picks, and wheelbarrows can damage the curb for several days while it is fully curing.
3. Concrete curbing takes 14-28 days to fully cure. You will notice the color of the edging changing during the curing process. Don’t worry; this is normal and it will achieve its final color when curing is complete.
4. 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 (6” deep) or build a ramp over the curb to deep from cracking it. Never allow a tractor or a truck to run over the curb.
5. Efflorescence (white powder substance) can appear on occasion and does not look good on curbing. It is generated from water sprinkling systems and can also appear after a rainstorm. 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 just planted sod and are watering frequently, efflorescence may appear more readily. Be patient, wait for your lawn to get established and clean the curb after it dries. A solution of 50/50 vinegar and water with a light brushing will remove efflorescence. You may have to do this a few times; eventually, the efflorescence should go away.
6. Once in awhile 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.
7. If curbing is damaged we will come back and make necessary repairs. If the repairs are not covered under warranty, there will be a minimum $100.00 charge.
8. WARRANTY - Curb Impressions has a one (1) year workmanship warranty. Separation, heaving, and workmanship are the only things covered under warranty. Damage not caused by weather or other natural occurrences is not covered.
9. Cracking - Concrete curbing like any other type of concrete can and will crack. We try and control the cracking with expansion joints every couple of feet. We also use fiber mesh and other additives to minimize shrinkage, which produces cracks. We experience very little cracking in our products, however, if it should heave or buckle in a hairline crack under the warranty period, we well replace it at no charge. Take note: repairs can be difficult to make in colored concrete. It is impossible to get a perfect color match. Sometimes, “the cure is worse than the ill.” A hairline crack is much less noticeable than a patch or discoloration in the curbing.
Don't wait! You can enjoy the benefits of concrete curbing this season! Call Randy at 920.619.1551 with questions or to set up free consultation!