How much do you charge per foot?
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 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'.
I've booked curbing! What should I do to prepare?
Avoid watering your lawn for a day or two prior to installation, and clean up your pet's messes .. and that's about it!
Your prices seem slightly higher than your competitors.
Yes, our prices are about 20% higher and our concrete is stronger. 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 require more care and attention than the older roller style curb. Its an old cliche .. but you really do get what you pay for with concrete. We often tell prospective clients we won't get the job based on a quote. It seems to make sense to add more cement for a stronger product 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
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 - 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 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. Like 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.