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  1. How does landscape curbing hold up in the sometimes harsh climate of Tennessee? (Does it crack?)
    – Curbing holds up very well in TN. To help prevent cracking, fiber mesh is mixed together with the concrete to help increase the strength. Certain additives will also help not only with the strength but workability of the product. The best way to prevent cracks in the curbing is with experience. Knowing how to operate the curbing machine and properly finishing the work is the most important when it comes to a strong product. We also add expansion joints close enough together to relieve the stress of concrete at it cures. You will find that some companies don’t put enough joints in the curbing or put them too far apart, and this can cause a lot of trouble.
  2. I noticed that your prices are higher than some other companies, why is that?
    -Our prices reflect not only the average price of curbing in the state of TN, it also reflects our experience and knowledge in the curbing industry. We have the resources to correct any issues and offer numerous options such as landscaping, seeding and grading. Curbing is what we do, nothing else. We are not the jack of all trades, we are the master of one!
  3. What kind of options do I have when it comes to decorative curbing?
    -Curbing can come in several styles and shapes. The most common are called the “mower” curb or “angle or slant” curb. It can usually be colored to match or contrast your house colors or landscape. Browns, gold, and tans are our most popular. We use “integral” colors which are mixed directly into the concrete. Curbing can also be stamped and textured to add a custom look. This process used an integral color and a darker color called an “antique release”. The curb is then cleaned and sealed with a high gloss concrete sealer which not only brings out the colors but gives your curb that “wet” look. Volunteer Curb Appeal offers several different stamps that can complete your project.
  4. Will my yard be damaged during installation?
    -We have minimal impact on your existing landscape. There are no cement trucks brought in. We make everything onside with our custom curbing equipment. The curb machine is small and will not damage existing landscape. The concrete is wheeled to the machine using a power wheelbarrow with wide tires.
  5. What kind of reinforcement does decorative curbing have?
    -We add fiberglass mesh into the concrete during the mixing process. We also use two chemical additives during the mixing and finishing to help add strength and workability. Landscape curbing will not have the same strength as normal concrete due to the aggregate that is used. We use a fine sand and Portland type 1 cement. Decorative curbing is not designed to be driven on by vehicles. Average PSI ranges from 2400-2600 pounds depending on the type of materials used.
  6. I have an existing yard, can I still add decorative curbing put in?
    – Of course you can. We use sod cutters or bed edgers to create a path for your new curb. Old edging can be removed or covered with rock, depending on how deep it is. However, the curb is put on the outside of the sprinklers. This is usually the only difference. Sprinklers with spray easily over the curb. Most of the time we go outside of the sprinkler heads with the machine because rock and plants are in place already.
  7. Are you able to do straight lines with curbing?
    -Straight lines are obtained using a string line. In most situations, straight lines do not look as good as long, flowing curves. A house and garage are all straight and cornered or at a 45 degree angle. Landscapes, including curbing, are more appealing it they are curved or rounded. You will notice in most of our pictures that the curb has smooth, flowing lines and is still easy to mow.
  8. Does your product have a warranty?
    -There is a one year warranty on all of our curbing. If curbing will crack, it will happen in the first two days because of how quickly it cures. If cracks happen later, it is usually due to other issues such as water, vehicle, etc. As I have stated before, experience is the most important factor when it comes to a good product. Of course there have been instances in which jobs that we have done have cracked, but that happens. Certain situations like extreme angles or tight curves can sometimes be troublesome. Hand picking the concrete and putting the joints closer will help.
  9. I’ve scheduled curb to be put in. What should I do before the crew shows up?
    -If your yard has existing grass, all of the sprinklers need to be marked with flags or paint. A sod cutter with not be very friendly to your sprinkler head. Make sure that the sprinklers are turned off. If you have new property, the dirt work needs to be as smooth as possible.
  10. Do the sprinklers need to be installed before you come?
    -We prefer to have the curb installed before the sprinklers. Most sprinkler guys like is this way too because they can then put the heads next to the curb in the areas they need. Please ask your sprinkler company to make sure. Also, I would recommend your landscaper have all the black dirt in before we come. Skids, shovels and rakes do not do well around curb.