Additional Appeal: Using Borders and Small Projects

Flat Concrete PadCurb appeal matters, whether you’re selling your home or intend to put down roots for the foreseeable future. Summer is one of the best times to complete projects focused on freshening up your outdoor space. New planting beds have time to settle in before the chill of autumn descends and landscaping projects lose their new edges, becoming a part of a harmonious whole. Below, we’ll explore a few easy ways to enliven your landscape this season.

The Add-On Technique

Many homeowners are proud that they keep their concrete driveways and walkways in good repair. But design experts successfully challenge the concept that all concrete must be bland and gray. If your concrete is in great shape, but you’re seeking ways to add interest, consider adding borders. All About Curb has the essential expertise and materials to add visual allure to any approach.

You can craft borders to driveways and sidewalks with many beautiful materials. However, using individual stones can cause problems with differential settling rates. This method leads to uneven and potentially dangerous surfaces that can cause injuries. At All About Curb, we’ve given considerable thought to problems like this. The solution is concrete, of course. We can pour, tint, and pattern borders in any width to create the impact you want, whether you’re dreaming of a brick border or a field stone effect to draw the eye towards your home.

Garden Pathways

Stamped CurbingWhile concrete landscaping curbs are excellent ways to contain your planting beds, you may want to forestall that investment for another season. Not to worry, you can still add visual interest to your property with a poured pathway. Our design team will work with you to achieve a pleasing and efficient design before implementation.

You can choose from a nearly-infinite array of colors and impressed patterns, without the hassle of hours spent shopping for pavers and materials. We pour our pathways, which means that you won’t have to worry about uplift or replacing individual sections that become damaged at a later time. Whether you’re dreaming of a serene Monet theme for your garden or want a crisp and modern pathway to tie your landscaping concepts into a harmonious whole, we can assist.

If you’re ready to upgrade your outdoor space, either with small touches or ambitious projects, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation. As a proud part of communities in Salt Lake and Utah counties, we are here to meet your landscaping needs with concrete support.

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A Season for Bulbs and Bonfires: Autumn Landscaping with Concrete

Front Door of Home in AutumnAutumn is in full swing in Utah. While this may not be the first season many homeowners think of when it comes to outdoor projects, it’s one of the best. Landscaping and gardening follow a seasonal round in response to the changes wrought by the planet’s axial tilt, but there’s never a better time to install foundational elements to enhance the curb appeal and equity of property than autumn.

Fall Is a Time to Plant and Plan

Any good gardener knows that the days before the first good, hard freeze are the best time to plant new beds of flower bulbs. In spring, these will emerge, often the first and loveliest of flowers. However, a good bedding plan is essential to maximize the impact of these beauties. Raised beds need sound structure in order to assist the plants within them to flourishing abundance.

Depending on the desired landscaping effect, the height of your bedding wall could be a simple curb or a more ambitious retaining wall. In any event, your chosen building material will determine the flexibility and scale of your overall design. This is where concrete comes into play. As a material, it is both incredibly durable and flexible. A poured concrete bedding border of any height will withstand the immense pressures of water, soil, and growing plants, while also being flexible enough to accommodate the seasonal freeze-thaw expansion of the soil within it.

A Season for Bonfire Cheer

Outside Patio Fire in AutumnWhile the days have grown shorter and the nights more intensely cold, autumn is a season of outdoor splendor in Utah. The majesty of nature deepens as the earth tilts towards winter. That means that outdoor entertainments are still the choice for many. Patios built to maximize natural shelter points around your property can be designed for bonfire parties. Set up a metal brazier or design a more permanent fire pit, which will light up your evenings and echo the warmth of friendship.

Here, concrete also suggests itself for its sturdiness and versatility. Patio spaces can be poured to most shapes and sizes, and we can stamp or tint it to your specification. At All About Curb, we’re passionate about the versatility of our chosen material. Not only will it stand up to whatever the elements can send it, it can also be crafted to resemble a number of materials, such as stone or masonry.

If you’re ready to add equity and curb appeal to your home with a fresh autumn project, simply contact us at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation. Our team of expert craftspeople will guide you through the process from concept design to implementation. We’ve been a part of the communities of Utah and Salt Lake counties for many years, and it’s our privilege to help you design the landscape concept of your dreams.

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The Modern Pleasure Garden: Concrete Patios and Conversation Spaces

Front PorchWhether you’re considering placing your house on the real estate market or content to settle into your nest for the foreseeable future, property value matters. One of the most overlooked aspects of how this value is determined is the outdoor space that surrounds the home. This involves more than simply keeping a tidy lawn. It’s all about curb appeal, which includes outdoor living and activity spaces.

 Adding Value to Real Estate

Have you ever seen homes that simply appear more welcoming because they have a lived-in look? If these properties were individuals who could speak or act, you might expect them to invite you to share a meal or have a conversation. Beyond tidy landscaping with plenty of beautiful flowers, these properties usually have outdoor living areas. Such spaces might be covered, as in the case of porches or sun-rooms, but they include patios, pathways, and conversation spaces of every shape and size.

Concrete is one of the essential ingredients you’ll need for any such sturdy, comfortable activity area. At All About Curb, we’ve made it our business to be the concrete experts. Whatever project design you’re dreaming of, we have the skills and the knowledge to make it a reality. Plus, we can craft a unique design utilizing the latest techniques in concrete pigmentation and impressions, which means you need not confine your dreams to a drab or unadorned concrete slab.

Nesting Benefits or Selling Points

Patio and PorchEntertaining in the home has become popular once more, which means that having a space in which to engage friends or special guests is an important feature of any property. With autumn approaching, staying cozy under the stars around a fire pit with a warming drink or playing camp out with the kids are just two of the wonderful ways a patio comes in handy.

During the last days of summer, al fresco evenings are still a possibility. One way to expand the space in which you can entertain is to design several small sitting areas on your property and link them with a smooth, easily navigated pathway. This allows you to stage your landscaping, using the seating patios as focal points to highlight your favorite bedding plants. Plus, it’s a major conversation point, since all the neighbors are sure to be impressed.

We’re proud to be a part of the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties. At All About Curb, we think bringing together neighbors and entertaining should be easy, and our design teams are ready to help make your dreams come true. If you’re ready to enhance your home’s curb appeal, call us today at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation. We can’t wait to get started.

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The Importance of Structure: A Safe Walkway Is Part of a Beautiful Home

House Walk WayThe major holidays of summertime are over, but it’s still barbecue weather in Utah. While you may be planning your next big shindig around the grill, keep in mind that late summer is also one of the best times to complete major outdoor projects on your property. Whether a homeowner intends to remain in their home for decades or has decided the time is right to sell, excellent curb appeal improves property value. This is because it indicates the time, effort, and resources that you’ve invested in maintaining your home down to the smallest detail.

Subtle Details Can Be Crucial

While we at All About Curb are all about new garden pathways, patios, and landscape edging, there’s another side to our specialty—safety. Even though concrete has come a long way in terms of durability in the past few decades, older homes with original walkways and driveways can show some troubling developments.

These should be remedied at a homeowner’s earliest convenience. Whether they are intent upon spending their golden years in the family home or are a growing young family ready for a bigger house, cracks and other flaws in the concrete around the home are a serious consideration.

Cracking, Sagging, or Crumbling are Signs of the Time

House Walk WayGenerally speaking, based on underlying soil features, homeowners may see one of several developments with older concrete surfaces. Especially in walkways to doors or garages, cracks can develop across the segments. Over time, with freeze-thaw seasonal cycles impacting the underlying soils, what may happen is a substantial difference in surface level.

This will create a shelving or lipping effect that can make the pathway unsafe for younger and older family members who can have a serious fall. Plus, those who are new to the property may not exercise sufficient vigilance to avoid the raised sections of the walkway.

Another problem that can be linked to soil erosion or freeze-thaw expansion over several decades is the driveway sinkhole. This begins as a small series of cracks that expand over time. Eventually, the concrete loses the battle with nature and succumbs, leaving dangerous potholes or crumbling edges in your driveway.

All About Curb has excellent news, however. We employ only the most talented concrete experts, who can pour a new walkway or driveway in short order. It’s been our privilege to serve the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties, meeting all their concrete needs. If you’re ready to create a Home Beautiful that is both safe and lovely, call us today at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation.

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Imprints and Pigments: Make Your Concrete Dreams a Colorful Reality

Spring is in full swing in this part of the country, and at All About Curb, we couldn’t be more excited. Now is the time to complete patio and pathway projects that will bring focus and shape to your garden. Well-maintained, vibrant landscape plans add value to any property, whether you’re settled in for the long haul or are putting your home on the market this year. Below, we’ll discuss some of our favorite applications for this versatile building material that will bring new life to your outdoor living space.

Patterns and Presses

Textured PatioA common misconception about concrete is that it only comes in one color or texture. We make it our business to provide an array of options when it comes to these considerations. Plus, pairing a hue or a patterned imprint of your choice with the durability of concrete serves as an ideal garden solution. Pathways can be poured in almost any color you desire and imprints offer a number of appearances, including brick or stone, that are anything but run of the mill.

A Centerpiece for Celebration

Brown Textured PatioIn addition to pathways and landscape curbing, we can offer homeowners a medium for creative expression that will draw the eye of friends and neighbors. Offering guests a chance to enjoy the beauty of your landscaping is a perfect reason for an al fresco party. A patio is a must for any summer celebration, and if you desire a surface above and beyond the standard concrete pad, we have the answer.

By working with our expert team, you can design a patio concept that’s sure to impress, even while it stands up to the elements. Whether you wish to evoke a sun-dappled Italian terrace or place your mark on your home with a center sunburst pattern, we have just the tools and experience to accomplish the job. Pigments are added to our special concrete, which is designed to withstand whatever the weather has in store and prevent salt efflorescence. This translates to a patio you can proudly showcase for years to come.

The team of All About Curb takes pride in being a part of the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties. We’ve helped many homeowners add structure and allure to their property, whether indoors or in the garden. If you’re ready to bring beauty and stability to your landscape, call All About Curb at 801-369-4423 to schedule a consultation, and we’ll come ready to assist.

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The Sunny Side of Winter

Concrete Foundations for Sun-rooms and Greenhouses

Sun PorchOver the past few months, we’ve talked about everything from curbs to Koi ponds, pathways to sidewalks. Now, as autumn enters its final stretch, letting us know that winter on its way, we’d like to talk about projects that can be enjoyed in every weather, and all year round.

The Sun Porch

Many residents of Utah are enterprising souls, who make the most of a good thing. That’s why the concept of a sunroom during the cold of winter can be so appealing—double-paned windows, stout construction, and even electricity. But before you build, you must have a sound foundation. That’s where our expertise can come in handy. Pouring a pad for your new sun porch can be done quickly and professionally, allowing you to proceed with your construction just in time for the winter months, when it will see the most use.

Plus, while the human occupants of your house will be glad of it, you can help tender perennials and biannual plants thrive this winter. A sun porch will give them the necessary space to make it through the cold months with success and start the next growing season with a head start.

The Greenhouse Effect

Green HouseAvid gardeners know no season. One popular project that makes the most of the winter sunshine to stock pantry and table are residential greenhouses. Unlike major nurseries or farms, these are easy to construct, either DIY or with the help of a local contractor. You could certainly erect your garden house on bare earth, but it’s often advised to install a floor for several reasons.

In many personal greenhouse projects, elevated plots and tray plantings are popular. This reduces the strain on back and knees when the weather is at its chilliest, and can enable residents of all ages to enjoy gardening year round. A concrete floor will help to insulate the greenhouse from the cold, which radiates up from the earth. As well, it will help you to keep your construction truly weather tight. But it also helps to keep things tidy when you’re done playing in the dirt.

At All About Curb, we’re a part of the communities we serve in the counties of Utah and Salt Lake. If you’re ready to keep the sunshine in life, call All About Curb at 801-369-4423.  Our professional team brings years of experience working with concrete in all contexts, and will have just the solutions you seek.

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Why install in the fall?

Stamped CurbingFall is here, but don’t let that fool you for yard work.   Did you know fall is a great time of year to install your curbing and flatwork?   Don’t get caught up in the summer is over and time to prepare for Christmas.  (even though we do Christmas lights☺) If you missed getting your curb installed this spring or summer, don’t fret, there are many benefits to installing curb in the fall.

  1. Cooler weather – Cooler weather makes yard work very pleasant and almost enjoyable.  Also, with the cooler weather, your concrete will cure much slower than summer time installations, making it a more durable product.
  2. Installing garden beds and planting – Great for new trees,  bushes, and flowers.  You may not see the growth that you normally do during the summer days, but if you plant now, you will enjoy the beauty that comes in the spring.
  3. We love working in the fall – It’s easier on us installers!   While summer is great for working and getting things accomplished, the cooler weather in the fall, is a big relief from the hot summer days.
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Home Upgrades Deserve New Pathways

House PathwaySummer has drawn to a close, along with many wonderful home renovation projects. Some of these have been quite substantial, altering the way your home appears from without, as well as the interior makeup of the house. Whether you’re preparing to put it on the market for a spring sale, or intend to spend the next several decades enjoying these upgrades, there’s a crucial detail you may have overlooked—how the home is accessed from without. Below, we’ll talk a little about the benefits of concrete to your curb appeal, home value, and overall feeling of the property.

Pouring a New Path

We at All About Curb know that many homes in Utah may be a bit older. As such, upgrades to their structure often include new, more spacious garages, porches, and even additions to living space. Those renovations often necessitate the removal of existing sidewalks or pathways that connect driveways to points of access. Even in cases where these surfaces are not broken up and carted away, they may not align with the new layout of your home.

That’s why you need to contract with a company that can design a new pathway and has the essential knowledge to install it. Poured concrete is an excellent material with which to work. It’s durable, and will stand the test of time. As seasons change and climate conditions shift, our concrete will not buckle or crack, because we use a special admixture to ensure water resistance and increase plasticity.

New Driveways

House DrivewayBy the same token that you may need to redesign an access walkway or path around your newly renovated home, you may need to consider a new driveway. Because the drive is often poured when the home is built and then quite forgotten, the daily stresses can take a serious toll on this essential part of your home. If your house is two decades old, it’s entirely likely that the concrete of your driveway is also getting long in the tooth.

Advances in eco-friendly, durable concrete technologies have been made since then. While you may elect to simply patch or ignore cracks, both approaches can end up being quite costly in the long run. Our team at All About Curb is proud to serve the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties. We can assess your needs and provide you with a brand new pathway or driveway in no time at all. So if you’ve made some changes and are in need of updated pathways or a drive, call All About Curb at 801-369-4423.

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Putting the Garden to Bed

The Importance of Implementing Structure Before Winter

Stamped CurbingDesign elements in landscaping are almost as subject to fads and features that reflect the tastes of the moment. However, there are elements that speak of timeless good taste, balance, and a tradition of proportion. One of these elements is permanent garden pathways. As we move from summer into the cooler weather of autumn, gardeners know that it’s a time to put finishing touches on long-term projects. Autumn is a season made for completing, harvesting, laying to rest the ideas and inspirations of the warmer months in preparation for the sleep of winter.

Your Very Own Primrose Path

While there are a number of materials that are easily sourced as you plan your pathways, concrete has the most advantages. As opposed to metal or vinyl edging that can contain loose river or sea pebbles, sand or bark chips, concrete doesn’t rust or deteriorate in the elements. Concrete is also a stable matrix. How many of you have put your gardens to bed with neatly shored up mulch only to find that the winter has commuted your landscape material elsewhere?

At All About Curb, we know the struggle is real. Our dedicated team of experts will assist you in designing and implementing a pathway or network of paths that works best for your property. Plus, we use a special concrete mixture that has both greater elasticity and water resistance. It’ll take whatever the Utah winter has to offer and emerge shining as if it were brand new.

Why Pour Concrete Now?

FlatworkWhile our mix is a cut above the rest, environmental factors do play a role in how well it hardens, how quickly it dries, and its ability to remain impervious to moisture and efflorescence. Late summer and early autumn offer ideal warmth and humidity conditions to ensure that your paths, patios, and garden bed edging are fit to stand firm against the test of time. Plus, if you work with us now, you’ll still have time to attend to all the garden bedtime tasks that the upcoming winter requires.

We are so pleased to be a part of the communities in Salt Lake and Utah counties, and feel that it’s a privilege to work with homeowners to realize their landscape and home improvement dreams. If you feel that your garden needs a bit of shaping up before the turn of the season, call All About Curb at 801-369-4423. Our friendly team is ready to cheerfully assist you in any concrete need.

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An Ounce of Prevention: A Recap on Efflorescence

In our last article about efflorescence and concrete, we focused on what causes this phenomenon, what it is, and the mediums in which it occurs. While this buildup of salts in masonry products is a well-known occurrence and has been treated with pH basic solutions in the past, there are new ways to control it. At All About Curb, we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the labor involved in scrubbing, too.

Efflorescence, A Quick Recap

Effloresence Curbing

This phenomenon is the buildup of various salts within the fabric or structure of man-made masonry products—bricks, terracotta, and, of course, concrete. It occurs because salts are chemically soluble in water—groundwater, runoff, and precipitation in this case. Man-made masonry building materials are permeable, with plenty of voids through which water saturated with these salts can travel. The water evaporates, but leaves the salt crystals behind, and over time, they grow. Salts will then appear on the surface of the material, and must be removed through scrubbing and pressure spraying.

Prevention, EFC Plus, and the Environment

All About Curb uses an admixture called EFC Plus to curtail the accumulation of salts within the structure of the concrete. Efflorescence doesn’t simply damage the surface of concrete, it can cause cracks to form, crumbling and flaking of the concrete, and other unsightly damage. EFC Plus makes the concrete that goes into your patio or garden edging less permeable to water, more elastic, and seals out salts. But why go to the trouble of mixing special concrete?

While concrete is relatively simple to produce and pour, it can become costly to demolish and re-pour sections of patio or landscape curbing repeatedly. While efflorescence can be scrubbed away, temporarily, that doesn’t undo the damage the salt crystals caused on the structure of the curb or patio. Nor does it preclude it from happening again. With EFC Plus, All About Curb is ensuring that your concrete will last longer and remain beautiful for many seasons to come.

EFC Plus is especially important in a region such as Utah, which has a seasonally variable climate. This can cause cracked concrete or that which is damaged by efflorescence to buckle or flake in an unsightly and potentially unsafe way. Because EFC Plus renders the concrete water resistant and more resilient to flexion of earth beneath or against the concrete surface, this won’t occur. All About Curb is proud to serve the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties. Our team of experts works hard to provide excellent concrete surfaces and edging to beautify your home, along with expert knowledge and fast, friendly service.  Please contact us for more information, 801-369-4423

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