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 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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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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Summer Fun on the Patio

Flat workSummer is the season for spending time outdoors, entertaining family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of your surroundings. However, many homes aren’t necessarily equipped with the essential foundations for family barbecues or al fresco dinner parties. A sound patio or floor for a covered porch area are the biggest oversights that may put a cramp in your summer entertainment plans. However, this is an easy remedy, especially when it comes to installing a professional, durable concrete entertainment space.

A Sound Basis for Fun

If you’re in the market for something that is an expression of your personality as well as a durable outdoor surface, there’s no need to go to the expense and trouble of laying flagstones or bricks. While the look of these is lovely, they have their own maintenance worries that may make them more trouble than fun in the future. Cracking of the grout or the stones, uneven settling leading to structural issues, and special maintenance are key things to consider when thinking about such building materials.

All About Curb’s professional team of experts uses a specially formulated concrete mixture that ensures durability over the seasons. We mix, pour, and finish a patio surface or concrete base that will serve admirably as the foundation for a covered porch area. While many masonry and stone surfaces may buckle, sink, or develop cracks due to seasonal flexion, their concrete is formulated for a greater level of plasticity and density. This prevents damage caused by water infiltration or salt efflorescence.

Stamped or Stained

Flat WorkIf you’d like the look of bricks or flags, All About Curb offers a special design service that can accommodate your needs. Our stamped patterns achieve a high level of realism and offer the look and feel of beautiful herringbone brick or rustic flagstone. As well, unlike other masonry and stone materials, your new concrete patio can be stained in a wide variety of colors to suit your tastes and fashions.

We are proud to serve the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties, and proud to consider ourselves a part of those neighborhoods. If you’re ready to see how we can help to beautify and enliven your outdoor entertainment space this summer, don’t delay. Call us today at 801-369-4423 for a consultation with our friendly concrete specialists.

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Variety and Durability of Concrete Landscape Curbing

Stamped CurbingWhile unbroken lawns are still fashionable and even feasible in some parts of the country, during the hot weather in Utah, it’s not always possible. Many homeowners have turned to the tasteful, economical, and eco-friendly concept of planted islands that often incorporate the beautiful indigenous or hardy plants imported from similar climates. This cuts down on labor, water usage, and worrisome pest or climate-related depredations. However, those islands do need to be contained.

 

The Best Landscape Edging

If you’ve chosen to employ this time and money-saving method for keeping your property beautiful, chances are you’ve shopped around for an appropriate way to contain and define your islands, pathways, and organized plantings. There are a variety of materials available, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Vinyl and metal edging is thin, generally unobtrusive, and can be durable when properly cared for. Masonry and stone units are also available.

However, in the case of the former, rusting, bending, and deterioration are a concern in the long run. With discrete units, you will need to maintain your borders, replacing broken or deteriorated tiles immediately to prevent loss of topsoil, mulch, or the incursion of weeds. The best landscape edging in Utah is a poured concrete border. It incorporates the benefits of all the other types of edging materials, without the drawbacks of each.

How It Works for You

Landscape curbing offers homeowners many benefits. It certainly increases curb appeal, since you can elect to evoke a certain look. Many homeowners like the variety offered by stamped and colored curbing, which mimics stone, brick, or simply adds a striking color to landscaping. The permanence and easy maintenance of this material will also add monetary value to your property, which is a bonus, even if you plan to stay in your home for years to come.

Concrete PatioWith extreme temperatures and swings in the amount of moisture in the soil and air, many materials flex, crack, or disintegrate. Especially when it comes to masonry and decorative stone, this is a concern. Concrete edging has no such weakness. When appropriately poured by a team of consonant specialists, it will remain stable, level, and unblemished for many seasons. This brings a settled, purposeful shape to your landscaping that’s far easier to install and maintain than other popular materials.

At All About Curb, we make it our business to be the best, and are proud to be a part of the communities in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Show your garden a little love this season and contact us at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation.

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Terraced Botanical Patios: A Lasting Aesthetic

Concrete PatioEffective landscape design is a balance of utility and durability with aesthetic appeal. One of the most recent developments in adding beauty and function to many spaces, inside or outside the home, is creative use of concrete. While concrete curbing has gained a great deal of attention for its functional flexibility, there are a variety of other ways in which this highly sustainable, versatile material can be utilized to increase the value and appeal of homes in Utah—from driveways to stamped concrete pads. Below, we’ll explore several interesting applications for Utah curbing, many of which are perfect warm weather home improvement projects.

Variations on a Theme

Curbing in Utah has shown its usefulness when homeowners want to create divisions in landscape themes, separate beds from one another, or even create pathways through existing landscaping. The wonder of concrete curbing is that it can be stamped and colored to resemble a variety of materials and applied in both modern and traditional landscape designs with equal ease. With seasonally arid conditions, colored concrete can also maintain an impression of lushness during dry spells or seasons.

But colored concrete is also a wonderful way to make a great impression with guests in other ways. A stamped concrete patio featuring a unique design—from repeating slate patterns to centrally themed images—is a joy for the homeowner and something to be admired by guests. The advantage of stamped concrete over other materials is in its durability and longevity, and requires no grouting.

Popular Patio Design

One very popular design theme that employs both patios and landscaped beds is based on the agricultural terraces employed in Asia and South America. Human communities have utilized this technique to maximize arable land in steep locations for millennia, and now you can bring it home to maximize usable entertainment space in a garden with a slope. A series of small, stamped concrete patios is merged with islands of cultivated plants. These are connected with one or two shallow steps for ease of access between levels and seamlessly incorporate landscape curbing with patio surfaces. The number and arrangement of these interspersed plots is a matter of overall space and desires of the homeowner.

Contact the Experts

Stamped ConcreteA well-laid and expertly executed concrete project is key to the material’s longevity. All About Curb is a company that serves of Salt Lake and Utah Counties with dedication and excellence. When it comes to adding curb appeal with stamped concrete in Utah, we bring all our expertise to bear on the situation. If you know your garden is in need of a bit of a refresher when it comes to design, call us today to arrange a consultation at 801-369-4423. We are ready to help redesign or redefine your outdoor space today.

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Stamped and colored curbing in Bluffdale Utah

The population of Bluffdale Utah has increased by 53% since 2000 while the unemployment rate has remained relatively low at 5.50% compared to the national average of 8.60%.  As you would imagine home values and new development in the Bluffdale area has increased considerably.  New homeowners are looking to enhance their properties with stamped concrete and colored curbing.  All About Curb has been providing curbing to residents of Bluffdale and surrounding areas since 2001 and have created hundreds of satisfied customers through Utah and Salt Lake counties.  The variety of colors and different stamp types that All About Curb provides allows homeowners to beautify and enhance their properties significantly.  Also, the process by which All About Curb installs stamped and colored curbing has become more efficient due to the investments of new mixing equipment so you won’t have to wait unrealistic amounts of time for a professional looking install.

 

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