GENERAL CARE AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

At Cypress Curbs, we understand that you may have some questions regarding our quality engineered concrete border systems and we have complied a list of some of our frequently asked questions, including how to take care of the curbs following installation.

Why choose a concrete border system over stone and brick?

Curbs are a huge solution to wash out, with mulch sometimes bleeding right out. All too often the method of using stone and brick can actually cause more maintenance issues, with the only resolution being that the stone and brick must be removed and the grass cut back and re-edged. With a continuous concrete border system from Cypress Curbs, you will have an immediate solution to these problems and you can count on this never happening again!

How long does a concrete border system last?

With the correct care and upkeep, a concrete border system from Cypress Curbs will last many years. To ensure this, we apply a sealer to all curbs after installation. To make sure that your borders last a long time, we recommend sealing your borders once a year.

How is color added to the curbs?

To add color to the curbs, we do not stain nor paint them. In fact, we add the color to the curbs while the concrete is being mixed. After the curbs are installed, we will seal the concrete. This allows the colors to stay in tact and not fade over time. Again, to assure that the curbs last a long time, it is recommended to seal the curbs once a year.

 

What should I do the first day of care?

The day of installation and the day after is very important for obvious reasons. Keep all pets, children and any other objects away from the curb. Although the concrete may feel “dry” it is not. Actually, concrete does not “dry”, it cures and curing is a slow process. The slower it takes to cure, the stronger the concrete will be. This means the curb should be kept from drying out too fast. On the day of installation, we seal it with a UV sealer which helps slow the evaporating moisture and also protects it from UV rays at the same time. On the day of installation, if it is too hot, a light mist may be applied to the curb and the ground around it to help slow the curing. Do not directly spray the curb but allow fine droplets to fall from the air.

What happens days after installation?

If the weather is still hot, you can soak the curb and the ground around it a couple times a day. Again, this will help slow the curing process. Do not directly spray the curb. If you need to do any landscaping work, we suggest to work around the curb and to just use extra caution.

What are cracks and how do they occur?

Curbing mixture is harder than the concrete that is used driveways and sidewalks. Curbing, like any other concrete, can and will crack. It is normal for cracking to occur in the control joints we place in the curb. Occasionally you will see one or two small cracks develop between the control joints. These small cracks are usually not very visible and can safely be ignored. Cracks are usually caused by hot dry weather during the concrete curing process, which is why we suggest misting. Curbing mixture is harder then concrete that is used driveways and sidewalks.

What is a control joint?

 A control joint is something that is put into the curb to help avoid cracking.

Are control joints common in concrete border systems?

Yes, all concrete, when done correctly, should have control joints.

Does Cypress Curbs use sealant?

Stamped concrete requires a sealer. Cypress Curbs uses a 30% solids UV solvent based sealer. Upon completion of the job, we will apply 2 coats. After the 6-8 week curing process is complete we will come back to clean, inspect, color activate, and reseal your curb with an additional 2 coats of sealer. Re-application is necessary to maintain the beauty of your curb and it is your responsibility. It is NOT POSSIBLE for us or anyone else to apply a glossy finish sealant to the curb until the concrete has COMPLETELY cured, which is approximately three weeks depending on weather conditions. This is because you can not put gloss finishes on “wet” concrete.

What is blotching and what can I do about it?

This is the term used in the concrete industry when the color of your curb begins to look uneven. It MAY happen, it MAY not. It may happen only in certain areas in the curb, it may happen along the entirety of your curb. It will even out within 28 days. You have to give the curb time to cure. Curing will eventually even out all the color.

You can do the reapplication process of the high gloss sealer yourself. Concrete sealer and glosses can be purchased at your local hardware stores and applied with a brush. Do not take your time, move swiftly and NEVER used a silicon.

Why is my curb so light?

Your curb will dry lighter, as it is curing it takes time to meet the final color. Sealer brings the color back out. This is also referred to as color activation, and the process is typically completed 6—8 weeks after the initial installation. One note to add is that our competitors do no provide a follow up sealer, and this is something our customers LOVE!

Why is Cypress Curbs more expensive than the competitors?

At Cypress Curbs, we are more expensive than our competitors because we provide additional services that our competitors simply do not. This includes using the highest quality materials, follow-up sealer, a 1-year warranty and much more. To see why our customers choose us over our competitors, please read our testimonials.

Does Cypress Curbs offer a warranty?

 Yes, we do! We pride ourselves in our high-quality materials and workmanship and offer a 1-year warranty.