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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The Finished Appeal: Concrete Curbs and Paths Bring a Sense of Completion to Your Design

Concrete CurbingFor those of you planning to put your home on the market, easy exterior upgrades often help to improve your presence in the real estate realm. If you’re content to settle into your home, curb appeal can usually provide additional equity and enrich the investment you made when you bought your house. In this entry, we at All About Curb will address how even a simple finishing touch or two can bring admiration or potential buyers right to your front door.

Eye of the Beholder

The way your property appears from the street can have a significant impact on sale value, intrinsic equity, and even neighborhood property value ranges. That’s why curb appeal is so vital. Also if you want to affect a rustic and slightly unkempt charm with your landscape design, simple finishing touches can make all the difference. Unplanned and natural should not be synonymous with unkempt.

Concrete landscape curbs, patios, and pathways add just the right amount of structure to relaxed garden plots. But they can also be tinted and printed in some ways to accord with your style, whether your exterior space is modern or classical in structure. The only limit to stylish concrete tailored to your property is your imagination.

Print or Tint

Colored CurbingIn the past, you may have experimented with metal and masonry borders. While these materials have charm and function, there are some drawbacks to using them. Metal edging is quite handsome, but over time, it rusts or becomes misshapen. If it is painted to delay inevitable rust formation, this pain can often chip from prolonged exposure to the elements.

Masonry and stone edging and pathways are charming and often the first choice for many DIY home improvement projects. While it’s true that you can buy individual units and install them yourself, this plan has drawbacks. It’s important to remember that these are structural elements and proper planning and execution cannot be overlooked.

The benefits of our uniquely mixed concrete are several. If you desire a rustic fieldstone appearance, we can achieve this with our unique stamps without the uncertain results that come with laying the stone yourself. We’ll even tint the concrete to the proper shade, thus completing the look. But we can also add colors that provide a finishing touch to a modern design. Working with our team of experienced designers, you have almost unlimited options for how you envision your landscape.

Over the years, All About Curb has helped many homeowners bring visions of enhanced curb appeal to life. We are proud to serve the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties. If you are ready to put the finishing touches on your design dreams, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation. We are at your service.

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Don’t Just Dream of Spring: Planning Your Next Garden Upgrade

Curbing Around a PatioWinter is a time of rest for the garden. Beneath the surface, spring bulbs prepare for the return of sunlight and soft rain. There is a stillness in the air that magnifies the calls of birds and a clarity of form, as bare tree branches and bare annual planting beds wait for their time of renewal. However, homeowners who know the importance of maintaining curb appeal are anything but idle during the long cold season. Whether you’re planning to showcase your home in the spring or merely want to enhance the beauty of your Nest, now is the time to design and dream.

Expert Advice and Resources

While we applaud the DIY warriors of our community, at All About Curb, we also understand the benefits that having expert input can offer. That’s why we put all of our considerable design and material resources at the service of our clientele. Our team of designers can provide perspective and experience to ensure that your next project exceeds your standards. Together, we can provide your exterior space with form and definition that will take your curb appeal to the next level.

Color Your Curb or Blaze a Path

Stamped and Colored CurbingOur specialty is concrete. At All About Curb, we pride ourselves on knowing all the latest trends and techniques about its use. While our product is specially mixed to prevent erosion and efflorescence over time, making it superior to older mixtures and ideal for use in your landscaping projects, it also has other benefits.

Landscaping curb is an excellent alternative to metal or masonry when it comes to defining your planting beds. It holds up to whatever the seasons send its way without rusting, eroding or cracking. Plus, our team will work with you to select a color that perfectly compliments your garden design. If you have your heart set on masonry, we have a selection of concrete stamps that provide the look of brick or stone without the fuss of the real thing from herringbone brick or rustic fieldstone.

Our team at All About Curb is proud to be a part of the community. We’ve helped many homeowners increase the curb appeal and equity of their property over the years, and are excited to offer our services to you. If you’re ready to begin planning your landscape upgrades, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation.

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The Physics of Salt and Water: Efflorescence and Cracking in Older Concrete

You can feel the approach of winter in the air. The days are growing shorter and our cold season has begun here in Utah. In this entry, we would like to talk about two pressing issues that face homeowners with older concrete on their property. While patios, pathways, and garden curbing can add allure and value to your land, when these fall into disrepair, they become both an eyesore and a potential hazard. At All About Curb, we believe in maximizing the beauty and value of your outdoor space, whether you’re settling in for decades or have decided it’s time to look for your next nest.

Salt and Water, Time and Temperature

As we said, there are two significant issues we’d like to tackle in this article—salt efflorescence and the impact of water infiltration in your concrete. Older homes have pathways, driveways, and patios that contain less advanced concrete. Over time, salt works its way out of the set mixture to emerge as white, flaky patches. While these may seem innocuous, what is occurring is not. You’re witnessing the slow degradation of the concrete matrix.

What’s happening is that salt crystals push through the dried concrete, creating minuscule voids as they go. Once the white patches appear on the surface, you may be confident that flaking and cracking of the concrete is the next step. These tiny voids paired with the damaged surface integrity are perfect pathways for water to get into the core of the concrete. When paired with the deep cold of Utah winters, this is a recipe for more significant problems and structural instability.

Because of its unique molecular characteristics, water expands when it freezes. This is how it fractures enormous boulders in the mountains and how it will fracture your pavement. Perhaps the most positive aspect of this process is that it takes time. A single season won’t leave your pathways or patios in ruins, but it could render them unsightly. And when it comes to curb appeal, that’s the last thing you want. All About Curb has the perfect solution to this minor nightmare. Our concrete is made with a unique admixture and the most advanced concrete technology—which means that you won’t see salt efflorescence and water intrusion is extremely unlikely in the years to come. In essence, our concrete has a longer and more beautiful lifespan.

We’re proud to offer this solution to the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties, which we’ve served for many years. If you’re ready to replace your patchy or cracked walks, paths, and landscape curbing, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation.

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Extending the Season: Greenhouses and Sunrooms Need a Firm Foundation

Garden CurbingAutumn brings bright days interspersed with stormy weather. It’s a time of year in which most homeowners are focused on putting their gardens to bed for the coming cold season. But fall is also a time to complete projects that can extend your enjoyment of life beyond the confines of your home. Whether you’re planning on putting your home up for sale in the coming year or have no wish to relocate for years to come, adding a sun-room, conservatory or a greenhouse can add to both your home’s value and your time in the sun.

Specific Intentions

Most might not distinguish between these three different types of structures, but they do vary in use and construction. What they all require, and what we at All About Curb are ready to install, is a solid foundation. Our skilled concrete artisans can help you design, locate, and implement this most important feature of any outdoor structure so that your room will suit your needs and perform its function in the best way possible.

The reason we would differentiate between sunrooms and conservatories and functional greenhouses is their particular use and needs. Sunrooms are, as your architect will tell you, adjoining structures that often have knee walls or partially solid construction. They are a direct extension of your home.

Conservatories lie in the gray area between sunrooms and greenhouses and are typically made of a metal framework with glass panes. These rooms also tend to be located as adjoining structures or nearby your main dwelling space. They are also typically slightly more formal than sunrooms, and the floor of yours may benefit from our beautiful concrete patterns and tints. Consulting with our design team, you can create a veritable work of art.

Vegetables and Flowers All Year

Sun-RoomWhile the two other types of external structures are primarily used for entertaining and living activities, greenhouses are a bit different. Whether you aim to erect a less expensive structure or are going all out, a firm foundation is essential. For permanent greenhouses, allowance for floor drains may also be desirable.

All About Curb craftspeople are not only capable of designing and pouring a greenhouse pad for you; we are excited about it. A greenhouse is a place in which the magic of the garden can be extended. Many people enjoy growing tropical plants such as orchids or bromeliads all year round in temperate climates, but you can also supply your table with fresh vegetables and fruits. Plus, greenhouse design and layout is often easier for those who aren’t able to kneel or bend in the vegetable garden, with elevated planting tables and vertical gardening racks.

If you’re dreaming of lush moisture and bright sun in the depths of winter, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation. There’s no time like the present to start your greenhouse or sun-room project, and we are here to help.

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Out with the Old, But What’s New?: Replacing Aging Concrete Surfaces

Curbing Around Flower BedThe summer is moving towards autumn, and many homeowners in Utah are winding down from a season of outdoor fun and celebration. Now is the time for relaxation and putting ideas for renovation into motion. Curb appeal is one of the primary factors of a home’s value. However, it isn’t always about adding something new or unexpected to your outdoor landscape. Today, we’ll explore keeping the form of your gardens and exterior living space while reinvigorating it with better materials.

Old Concrete

We’re all familiar with that sign of nature’s perseverance—the wildflower pushing up through the cracks in a sidewalk. While many will either leave it to grow or extricate it for aesthetic reasons, fissured walks and driveways represent some serious structural concerns and safety hazards. Water is a powerful force that makes canyons of mountains and shifts billions of tons of sediment across the face of the continent. Once it finds a way to work under and through your existing concrete, seemingly solid surfaces become unstable. You may see uplift or erosion in walkways or driveways, which can cause problems ranging from a nasty fall to potholes large enough to damage your car.

Now is the time to have cracked and uneven pathways removed, while the warm and beautiful weather is still with us. But what will you put in its place? Will you opt for a new walkway in an unchanged color and texture? We at All About Curb know that sometimes, consistency is the most comforting feature of your outdoor design. What won’t be consistent is quality. Our concrete is simply superior to that used in the past because it contains a unique admixture that will prevent salt efflorescence and moisture intrusion into the fabric of your walkway.

Flexible With Impressions

Square CurbingIf you’re ready to have a new driveway poured, why not add a flourish of elegance? We see it in many of the affluent neighborhoods. It lends a sense of gracious boundaries and can even give a property a more settled feeling to the browsing eye of the home buyer. This mystery feature isn’t mysterious at all, simply a tinted concrete apron where your driveway meets the street, often with the impression of bricks, slates, cobbles or a mosaic design. Our expert craftspeople can help you decide which pattern and color best suits your needs and style.

We’ve long been a part of the communities in Salt Lake and Utah counties, helping families build the beautiful ambiance they desire. If you’re ready to install a new walkway or driveway, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation.  It’s our privilege to assist you.

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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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