Learn about our process and how we complete an Outdoor Borders curbing install start to finish.
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Outdoor Borders specializes in custom concrete curbing.
STEP 1: After the initial phone call to schedule the estimate. The first part of the curbing process is meeting with one of our team members for a free estimate to figure out what would look best for your yard. Accurate measurements are taken to give the customer the most accurate cost of the project. Depending on the size of the job most estimates are done in about 30 minutes. We will go over color choices and patterns that will best suit your property to give it the best look possible. Customer puts down deposit and job is scheduled. Jobs are scheduled about 2 weeks out depending on the time of year.
Day of Install
STEP 2: Upon arrival the crew leader will meet with the homeowner or site contact and go over everything that has been decided on, and answer any questions the customer may have. Spray paint is then used to mark the location of new curbing so the homeowner can see the chosen layout for the new landscape. We always want to make sure the job will be completed to the customers satisfaction.
The crew will be set up all equipment and get ready to start the install process. Customers don't need to worry about a mess being made in their yard. The heaviest piece of equipment that goes through any yard is a wheelbarrow. We also bring our own water to mix the concrete so there is no need to hook up to the customers water supply.
We will follow the painted area where the landscape border with our bed edger. This is going to cut out the grass, and make a trench roughly 8 inches wide and 1 inch deep making a path so the curb can be installed properly. The soil is ground up and pulverized, making it great soil that can be used by homeowner. (Outdoor Borders does not spread or haul away any dirt or debris) Typically its only a few wheelbarrow loads of dirt depending on size of job.
Mixing And Extruding Of Curb
STEP 3: Once all marked areas are trenched and prepped, the concrete mixing process begins. At this point, we use our own blend of mixes, cement, and sand making the strongest most durable concrete curb edging available. All concrete is made by us on site so no need to worry about heavy truck traffic from cement trucks. The mix is dumped into a wheelbarrow and taken to the curb machine where the cement will be extruded and finished to give it the final look. Also during this process, steel cable reinforcement is placed through the center of the curb as it comes out of the machine. Because of the harsh freeze thaw cycles in Michigan, this cable prevents the curb from separating and heaving, making the curb the strongest, long lasting curb possible.
STEP 4: To give the landscape curb the best possible look a variety of stamps can be used to best suit the look of your house and landscaping. All stamps are applied with a release powder to make the patterns stand out. Stamps will be rolled on or pressed in to create the desired look. This takes place once the curb has been properly finished. Once the curb is stamped the next process is cutting control joints in the landscape curb to help prevent cracking. These expansion joints are roughly 2 feet apart. This will give the curb some flex-ability throughout the freeze thaw cycle.
Sealing is the final process of installing landscape curbing. This is going to protect the curb from the sun's UV rays and help prevent the color from fading. This process should be repeated every few years with a solvent based sealer to keep the curb protected. This process can be done by the homeowner.
STEP 5: Once your Outdoor Borders curbing installation is complete. You will recieve an invoice via text or email with a link to pay by credit card. You can also pay by check or cash. Payment is due in full day of completion before the crew leaves jobsite.