Pouring a New Driveway: Curb Appeal and Functional Safety All in One

When contemplating various approaches to curb appeal, many homeowners may feel that spring is the best season to show off upgrades or improvements. While that season definitely provides more to work with regarding garden plants or the blooming cycle of ornamental trees and shrubs, it certainly isn’t the only time of year to add equity to a property through improvements. Autumn provides relatively dry, stable weather patterns that can work to the homeowner’s advantage with large concrete projects, such as pouring a new driveway. Today, we’ll discuss which of these improvements are best tackled now and why.

Water, Winter, and Cracked Concrete

PatioAll About Curb is a company of individuals who are passionate about concrete and its use to improve each property in a number of ways. While we are excited to suggest design upgrades for planting beds with our patented concrete formula, there’s a more significant issue that should be tackled first—those cracks in the driveway and the front walk. It’s essential that they not be permitted to grow and develop.

As homeowners prepare their property for winter, there are specific tasks and to-dos that must be accomplished before cold weather and winter precipitation. One of these is ensuring that concrete walks and driveways are stable and safe. There might be concerns about the necessity of pouring new concrete since what can be seen on the surface is only a fraction of what is actually occurring.

It only takes one or two seasons for severe damage to occur once water infiltrates concrete. The nature of water is to expand as it cools. During warmer weather, those cracks might appear minuscule, something that can be put off as a cosmetic concern. However, as water expands, it meets the resistance of concrete, which is ultimately no match for it. The concrete breaks, developing cracks and voids beneath the surface, which are in turn filled with water.

When combined with the soil’s tendency to “heave” or expand during cold weather, this wreaks havoc on walks and driveways. Luckily, pouring new ones is both simple and relatively inexpensive. Well-maintained concrete is both functional—preventing damage to automobiles and injury to family, friends, and neighbors—and aesthetic. Even seen from the street, visitors may be impressed by new walks or drives because it subtly acts upon human perception. It indicates that a space is cared for, maintained, and inviting.

If you’re ready to repair your curb appeal with a new driveway or front walk, we are at your service. It’s our privilege to assist the homeowners of Salt Lake and Utah counties with their creative and functional concrete needs and feel it makes us one of the community. Just call us at 801-369-4423 and schedule a consultation with our concrete specialists today.

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Planning a Raised Bed: Prepare for Cool-Season Veggies and Spring Bulbs

Adding curb appeal to property is one of the most straightforward and most cost-effective ways that homeowners can increase the value of their holdings. It also boosts the likelihood of selling your house on the market at a competitive rate, because a well-cared-for and attractive landscape concept attracts potential buyers. But there are other benefits to enhancing your outdoor space, which can act as a stress-management tool, additional entertaining area, and even supplement the household grocery budget. In today’s article, we at All About Curb want to talk about raised beds for late season gardens.

Late Season Veggies or Next Spring’s Blooms

Planter BoxesGetting out in the garden has been shown to improve mood and enhance general health. However, if you think that it’s too late in the growing season to start such a project, we have great news for you. While many annual vegetables that are favorite garden additions are best when planted at the end of May or in the first weeks of June, there’s another healthy season for your garden that won’t start until autumn.

Many winter vegetables—which include quite a few squashes, cruciferous vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, and members of the mustard family like Swiss Chard, Kale, and mustard greens—just won’t grow while the days are warm and full of sunshine. They need a chilly substrate for their roots and frost on their leaves. That’s why now is a fantastic time to plan and organize a raised bed for a winter crop.

However, if veggies aren’t your forte, there are other ways to make the most of the last half of summer. Autumn annuals, which also thrive in early spring, create a fantastic seasonal display. Once the weather cools and the night grows long, consider planting spring bulbs so that they can overwinter in the chilly soil. Come the first days of spring; you’ll be treated to a colorful display. Hyacinths, tulips, amaryllis, are cheerful garden residents when they get the right start.

Why Concrete

Stamped Concrete CurbingThere are several ways to offset a raised bed from its surroundings. However, concrete curbing allows a more permanent area to be dedicated. Plus, unlike retaining wall blocks, poured concrete won’t shift over time. This approach will enable you to create a garden soil with all the nutrients growing plants need, customize your drainage needs, and never fret about an inopportune frost or overly warm day. While container gardens also offer many of the benefits of a raised bed, they leave behind the security of having a garden in terra firma.

The dedicated specialists at All About Curb are proud to provide the optimal concrete solutions for homeowners in Salt Lake and Utah counties. If you’re ready to design a raised bed for food or flowers, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a consultation today.

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Summer Entertaining: Pouring a Patio to Meet Your Needs

As summer heats up, outdoor parties will begin to crowd the calendar. Part of increasing curb appeal is ensuring that your outdoor spaces are adequate for your entertaining needs. Whether you’ve decided to put your home on the market or are content to put down roots, this aspect of general curb appeal can boost your property value. In the article below, we’ll explore how All About Curb can help you make the most of your summer with space for parties or family relaxation.

Let’s Pour a Patio

Concrete DrivewayMany houses include at least a nod to outdoor entertaining space, but that nod can often prove to be little more than a token extension of your home’s concrete pad. The excellent news is that pouring additions to that meager patio are one of the easiest ways to improve your al fresco living space. We at All About Curb love to work with homeowners to build their new patios or provide the bases for screened porches—these are two of the most beautiful ways to extend your home’s livable area and help you to make the most of your property.

While your existing patio space may be on the sparse side, that fact also has advantages. Rather than inheriting an expansive patio that might not be ideal for you, now you can work with our design experts to create the entertaining space of your dreams. It can be a standard, straight-edged shape of any dimensions. But it can also be asymmetrical, curved, or angled in any way you decide.

Ode to Tints and Prints

House Walk WayAnother excellent benefit of designing your patio or porch foundation space is that you can quite literally put your stamp on it. When we think of concrete at All About Curb, we don’t let the idea of the uniform gray stuff hold us back. It can look like brick laid in a herringbone pattern or rustic flagstones. It can bear a mosaic sunburst or be tinted the color of a Caribbean bay. There is veritably no limit to how you can express your creativity, but each of our design experts will help guide that genius for the best outcome.

All About Curb is proud to serve the homeowners of Salt Lake and Utah counties. Creating outdoor spaces that invite and embrace visitors and friends is an important role that we feel enriches the community. If you’re ready to redesign your alfresco entertaining area, we are here to help. Call us at 801-369-4423 for a consultation today.

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Old Concrete: Leaching, Efflorescence, and Other Hazards

Summer is the season for barbecues, outdoor gatherings, and all manner of al fresco pursuits. It’s also a great time to boost your home’s curb appeal and property value with fresh landscaping and entertaining spaces. However, today, we at All About Curb would like to talk about some of the dangers of old concrete and ways to mitigate its negative impact. The hazards posed by cracked or crumbling patios, pathways, and other concrete surfaces can impact your family’s safety and the health of nearby plants.

The Tripping Point

Garden CurbingWeather, soil expansion and contraction, and even adventurous weeds can crack your paved surfaces over time. While a few minor fissures may not seem to be a big deal, after years of use and exposure, those tiny imperfections grow into much more significant concerns. Uneven walkways and driveways can pose serious hazards for the young and old, as well as individuals who aren’t familiar with the unique contours of your property.

While it might just be a momentary fright, tripping on uplifted or washed out segments of concrete paving can result in broken bones, severe abrasions, and other injuries that are best avoided. Plus, in the case of a cracked or washed out spot beneath a driveway, it can cause substantial daily wear and tear on automobiles. No homeowner should need 4-wheel drive to get to their garage.

Leaching and Efflorescence

Another characteristic feature of old concrete is its tendency to display odd white patches. This phenomenon is known as efflorescence, and those white patches are salts that leach out of elderly concrete over time. This effectively destroys the surface of any paving or curbing. Elderly concrete also tends to make any soil nearby unpleasant for plants. It substantially alters the pH of the ground and can kill your favorite flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Shrubs and trees may only struggle if they’re well established before substantial concrete leaching occurs.

Effloresence CurbingSo, what can you do if you have cracked concrete paving or an older patio that is beginning to impact bedding plants nearby? Pouring concrete has never been simpler or more affordable. At All About Curb, we can replicate the original paving with ease. Plus, we’ve done our homework. We make our concrete with cutting-edge admixtures to prevent efflorescence and leaching, which will extend the life of both the pavement and the plants nearby.

We are proud to be a part of communities across Salt Lake and Utah counties. It’s our privilege to assist homeowners in their efforts to beautify and modernize their properties. So if the time has come to increase the safety and loveliness of your outdoor space by replacing damaged concrete, we are at your service. Call us at 801-369-4423 for a consultation today.

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Essential Features: Concrete Planters and Curbs for Herbs

Summertime is around the corner, and for many in Utah, that means outdoor entertaining. It’s also one of the best times to spruce up the landscaping and enhance curb appeal. While this aspect of property does draw the eyes of prospective buyers, such projects also improve the quality of life for long-term residents. Concrete is the perfect building medium for these endeavors, permitting homeowner creativity to find its fullest expression in diverse projects, and we at All About Curb are excited to assist.

Herbs for Life

Colored CurbingMost might think of herbs as simple ingredients used in the kitchen. While many culinary herbs will enliven your cuisine, they also provide relief from outdoor insects. These herbs deliver their flavor via volatile oils and organic compounds, which also deter most six-legged pests without the need for expensive or dangerous lawn and garden treatments. Some common herbal helpers are rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, mint, the citronella geranium, lemon balm, lemongrass, and basil.

Common basil repels both mosquitoes and houseflies. If you allow it to bolt and produce flower stalks, bees and butterflies favor the tiny white blossoms, but you can easily pinch these off and prevent bolting. Rosemary, lavender, mint, lemongrass, lemon thyme and lemon balm all repel mosquitoes. However, it is advised that you plant mint, lemon balm, and lemongrass in containers, because they spread aggressively.

Concrete Creativity

The design team of All About Curb has a host of designs and ideas to implement your new patio herb garden or decorative plantings throughout your landscape plan that will suppress pests. If you’re exploring a new patio or pathway, why not include dedicated or raised planters. These will allow you to plant both perennial and annual herbs and flowers to brighten your days and keep bugs away. In each entertaining space, you can dedicate a little area for these handy, helpful plants.

Stamped CurbingConcrete curbing can also help to define border beds in which you want to plant bulbs, shrubs, flowers, and herbs. In this way, you can enrich your landscape, bring nature close to you, but skip the irritating gnats, mosquitoes, fleas, and flies that are also a part of the outdoor world.

We at All About Curb are privileged to serve the communities of Utah and Salt Lake counties, providing innovative and essential assistance for concrete projects of all sorts. If you’ve decided that your outdoor space needs an herbal treatment, call us today at 801-369-4423. It’s our pleasure to assist.

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More Fun, Less Maintenance: Imprint and Tint Your Patio or Porch

Is there anything better than springtime in Utah? This month is the beginning of the best time for entertaining and enjoying the bounty of outdoor spaces. It’s also the best time of year for upping the ante on the value of your property with a new patio, porch, or outdoor kitchen. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss how All About Curb can help you realize your al fresco entertainment concepts, whether you’re planning to put your home on the market or are settling in for the foreseeable future.

Pattern-Loving Creatures

Stamped Concrete CurbingHumans are a pattern-loving bunch. We at All About Curb love a beautiful mosaic patio, but all that tile work is both time-consuming and expensive. Plus, it can be challenging to maintain in the long run. That’s why we offer an ideal solution. At All About Curb, we have made it our business to investigate the newest techniques, trends, and materials so we can provide you with stylish and beautiful concrete curbs or patios. This includes tinting and impressions.

Whether you’re longing for a flagstone look or have a beautiful design you want to bring to life, our design team is at your service. We offer an array of different colors, from natural stone or masonry to vivid shades sure to catch the eyes of guests. Plus, when you invest in a concrete patio, you’re investing in long-term good looks. That central sunburst won’t fade or chip over time. That Art Deco border will retain its magic for years to come.

The Importance of a Good Base

Curbing Around a PatioWhile we’re in the business of concrete, you may want to take your concept further in the future. Patios are fantastic foundations for screened or open porches, but many have simple gray concrete floors. Why not incorporate structure and style with a beautiful slate or brick impression? You could even bring elements of a mosaic floor together with later designs and décor.

Whatever your design dreams, don’t wait until the hot weather settles in to make a start. The team of All About Curb brings together design savvy and concrete knowledge to bring those dreams to life. For many years, it’s been our privilege to serve the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties, and we’re at your service. Give us a call at 801-369-4423 to schedule a consultation today.

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From Macro to Micro: Concrete Concepts for All Sizes of Properties

Gardeners in Salt Lake and Utah counties are ready to get outside, take stock of perennial health, and plant annual beds anew. Homeowners take note—a beautiful garden adds value to your property. Whether you’re ready to put your house on the market and seek a new home or have no plans to relocate, added value is never a bad thing. But whether you’re a DIY green thumb, a master gardener with a passion for all things green, or thinking of hiring a landscape design specialist, beds and features with well-defined shape are as important as what you choose to plant.

Beauty and Utility

The experts at All About Curb take this concept to heart. Concrete is a superior material for edging curb, pathways, and patios. But many think that it might be for those with a generous property. While concrete can help to lead visitors’ eyes in a pleasant direction, providing occasional boundaries and creating a design for expansive grounds, it’s also perfect for those whose gardens are small by necessity—whether because of property size or uneven terrain.

With a large piece of property, there are a couple of issues that can be mitigated by using concrete edging or laying concrete pathways. Open, unmanaged expanses can quickly grow to look unkempt. There’s a difference between a rustic landscape concept and an untenanted plot—naturalistic designs are as much about design as formal European gardens. The second problem is that unrelieved expanses exhaust or baffle the gazes of passersby and visitors. Pathways or clear boundaries provide rest for the eye.

Serious Designs on Efficiency

However, sometimes, the problem is that there’s too little space for all the things homeowners want to do with their property. What if you feel your yard just isn’t large enough to accommodate a patio or porch, a garden, and a bit of lawn? Here, again, concrete comes to the rescue. Our design team will work with you to create a concept suited for the size and shape of your garden.

We can pour curbing suitable for any bedding concept, which will help it to stand out clearly from spaces devoted to a lawn. In this way, the gardener with a miniature plot can quickly transform it into a botanical jewel box, complete with comfortable entertainment spaces.

If you’re ready to make your little corner of Utah a spring oasis of blooms and growing things, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation.  We can help you heighten the appeal of your garden with custom curbing, patios, and pathways.

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Miles of Tints and Prints Without the Effort: Landscape Curbs and Homeowner Options

When many homeowners consider the optimal time to put their property on the market, springtime usually comes to mind. That’s because it’s usually the height of the home’s curb appeal. The garden becomes like a cup overbrimming with blooms and new leaves. Everything looks its freshest. But spring is also a time of unruly growth, however glorious, and a bit of judicious edging can help maintain the shape of landscaping beds. In today’s article, we’ll be discussing the benefits of concrete and the options it affords.

Why Go With Concrete?

While there are many options when it comes to edging a landscaping bed, each homeowner should weigh their options and needs with care. Whether you’re comfortably settling into your home for the long run or seeking to sell, most edging projects present a hefty investment of time and effort and provide varying results depending on your level of skill.

When it comes to metal or vinyl edging, which can be purchased by the linear foot, if improperly installed, it tends to look precisely so—improper or amateur. Plus, vinyl will bulge if the weight of soil behind it exceeds the material’s tolerance. Metal edging segments do rust over time and will need to be replaced. Hence, even the most experienced DIY warrior receives mixed results.

Masonry products can be purchased by the unit, which adds some convenience if you don’t calculate accurately and have to head back to the hardware store for more. They’re also easier to install as an edging material but will require some engineering skill if you desire a barrier taller than a single layer. Plus, if you lay them without a proper foundation of sand and other materials, they tend to settle in an unpredictable or erratic way.

Tints, Prints, and Perks

While there’s no rule that says you must choose concrete, it’s often the best way to go. At All About Curb, we’ve dedicated our time to learning all there is to know, using the latest materials, and providing an array of decorative tints and presses that can offer you a wide variety of stylistic choices for concrete surfaces and edging.

Stamped Concrete CurbingIf you love the look of brick or stone, we can provide edging with the appearance of these materials. However, you won’t have to worry about the maintenance that goes with brick or stone. Our concrete is also a superb medium for unconventional color. Do you want to strike a beautiful, modern contrast in your landscaping? Why not add an unexpected tint to your concrete border?

Just as we can provide a traditional and convincing tint that mimics masonry and stone, we can also deliver teal or orange, white or marigold. Our creative team is at your avail. If you’re ready to spruce up your spring landscape with durable, stylish concrete edging, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation.

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Working on the Approach: Curb Appeal and the Home’s Front Aspect

The snow may still be on the ground, but spring is on the way. During this season of birdsong, blooming gardens, and evidence of new growth, many homeowners interested in selling their property can do so to significant advantage. But sprucing up a landscape concept also increases the property value for those who want to put down roots. Now is the best time to work with our expert design and project teams at All About Curb to create a fresh new look for outdoor space that will draw admiration from neighbors and house hunters alike.

On the Approach

Planter BoxesWhen most people think about curb appeal, they imagine landscaping closer to the street or within a garden. But the front aspect of the home is just as important. One creative concept that boosts the impact of this feature is to install planting beds along the front façade. Colorful annuals interspersed with carefully selected perennial shrubs and plants will call for a round of applause, no matter what the season. Concrete offers benefits that other materials may lack, and allows flexibility of design when crafting the dimensions of a new front bed.

Low to the Ground or Raised?

Whether it’s a simple matter of creating a unique boundary near ground level or building a hip wall into which shrubs and flowers can be planted, concrete possesses flexibility. With most edging and building materials, one must work with the restrictions of the physical shape of each unit. However, curves are no issue with our concrete. It allows homeowners to craft a beautiful, raised bed in any dimension they desire, which can bring depth and allure to even an unprepossessing landscape.

Planter BoxesWhy use concrete if a deeper planting box is the goal? The simple answer is that concrete offers greater structural integrity than other types of landscaping material. Over time, building blocks require replacement due to damage of individual units. Not so with concrete. Plus, while many homeowners are DIY warriors, it’s easy to misjudge what’s required for an enduring retaining wall. Concrete takes up less space, is more straightforward to install, and will remain beautiful for many years. Plus, our craft specialists can tint and imprint the concrete to please any taste.

If you’re dreaming of spring blossoms and new planting horizons, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation.  All About Curb is proud to be a part of communities across Salt Lake and Utah counties, boosting curb appeal and making dreams into concrete realities.

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Turning Awkward Outdoor Space into Your Own Private Grotto: Miniature Patios and Paths

Front PorchWhile we at All About Curb are just that, it’s our mission to help homeowners improve general curb appeal by working with concrete in many forms. Whether you’re interested in placing your home on the market or are focused on feathering your nest for the foreseeable future, curb appeal boosts the equity of your property. Today, we’ll talk about how dedicated seating areas can focus your landscaping concept, and how we can help.

No Stranger to the Patio

Most of us are familiar with the patio model that directly abuts the primary dwelling. Whether as an unadorned concrete slab or decorated in a mosaic style, this seems to be the most common location for the al fresco living space. We can’t fault that logic, but there’s something charming about a seating area removed from the bustle, surrounded by flowering shrubs and carefully arranged planting beds. Plus, poured concrete is our specialty and renders the traditionally more ambitious designs a snap.

The Beguiling Glimpse

Because many tend to imagine useful outdoor living spaces as more extensive, they might automatically dismiss creating seating areas in narrower or oddly shaped portions of their property. But the truth is, these can be quickly transformed into grottos, avenues or shade-dappled arcades, depending on the situation of your property. With only a few minor improvements, you can create your favorite sitting area for the spring, summer, and autumn from a little-used portion of your property.

Our concrete landscape curbing provides excellent boundaries for planting beds that won’t rust, deteriorate, or fracture under the pressure of the elements. You can choose a variety of tints that help draw the eyes of onlookers in the direction you want or that provide creative structure to your garden design. We offer imprints that give the impression of brick or fieldstone.

House DrivewayIf you have a smaller property or the area you want to utilize is too diminutive for a full-sized patio, the private seating patio is perfect for you. Just as with the full-sized varieties, we will pour, tint or impress the concrete to your specifications, creating a secluded retreat for reading or relaxing. Our talented design team at All About Curb will work with you to craft your concept and render it a reality.

Winter in Salt Lake and Utah counties is often the best time to set in motion the big plans we have for spring. That way, the drafting, and decision-making are done, and work can begin immediately once the weather warms. If you have curb appeal dreams you’d like to make realities, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation. It’s our pleasure to be of service.

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