We quote by the property not per foot. 200 feet of curbing as one continuous run requires less hand finishing work than 200 feet of curbing spread amongst many areas, tree rings, front/back yard etc. on the same property. Accordingly we will quote continuous runs on flat new builds less than those that require sod preparation and several 'stops and starts'. If you're looking for the 'cheapest' price in town we may not be the company for you.
I've booked curbing! What should I do to prepare?
Avoid watering your lawn for a day or two prior to installation, mow your lawn so we have a clean edge of lawn to run our machine and clean up your pet's messes .. that's about it!
Your prices seem slightly higher than your competitors.
Yes, our prices are slightly higher than our competitors. Our mix quality has a high cement/sand ratio in order to withstand our nasty freeze/thaw cycle. In addition, our hand carved style and colour combinations requires more attention to detail than the older roller style curb. We often tell prospective clients we won't get the job based on a quote. It seems to make sense to us add more cement for a stronger product that looks much more natural and modern than the older style.
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten
Will my landscape curbing crack?
Our cement/sand ratio, cement additives and numerous control joints attempt to limit the cracking to the areas we want the concrete to crack. However, we do live in Saskatchewan and extreme temperature changes are not kind to concrete. We do as much as possible to limit cracking -- and that starts with a mix that contains more cement, the proper admixtures, compaction and expansion joint placement. Of all of these factors compaction and finishing to ensure a dense concrete with 20% more cement than standard limits unsightly cracking outside of expansion joints.
What makes you different from the other curbing companies in Saskatchewan?
We have been professionally trained by curbing professionals in the US who have been in the business for 30+ years. They not only curb 10s of thousands of feet in a year they built our equipment. Hire pros that use professional equipment.
Before hiring a curbing company in Saskatoon ask if they have been professionally trained. In addition, we are licensed with both the province of Saskatchewan and City of Saskatoon. We aren't in a 'race for the bottom' in terms of quality or price - we are confident in our quality of workmanship and service. We will provide a list of addresses in our estimates for prospective clients so our work can be seen in person.
Should I reseal every year?
Resealing is very important. Secondary release colours will last for as long as the concrete but can fade if not touched up or resealed. Much like stamped decorative concrete driveways that look brand new after a decade, landscape curbing applications when properly maintained will look like new with regular sealing. Sealing with a professional grade acrylic sealer prevents unsightly colour loss. We offer colour touch-ups and resealing in the spring to our past customers. We will wash and clean your curbs, reapply secondary release colours and reseal so your curb looks as though it was newly completed. Saskatchewan's freeze/thaw cycle is not friendly to cement and sealing can prevent damage.
Is your curbing mower friendly?
The 'mower's edge' curb has been an excellent marketing tool for the past 40 years but in actuality it isn't that friendly and in our opinion its time has passed. The slant style curbing that we use is as mower friendly as the mower's edge if not more so because grass and mulch does not grow on top of it.
One of the biggest problems with mower's edge curbing (which we don't install) is that after a year or two the grass and mulch creeps over the lower edge and requires MORE maintenance to remove.