How much do you charge per foot?
We quote our jobs by the property not per foot. 200 feet of curbing as one continuous run is less hand finishing work than 200 feet of curbing spread amongst 6 or 7 areas, tree rings etc. on the same property. Accordingly we will quote continuous runs on flat new builds less than those that require sod cut and several 'stops and starts'.
Your prices seem slightly higher than your competitors.
Yes, our prices are slightly more than our competitors. Saskatchewan's freeze/thaw cycle is not friendly to cement. Our unique hand-carved stone requires more cement and less sand than the older style stamp style curbing. Our ratio of cement/sand is very strong and consequently slightly more expensive. A higher quality curb that is much less prone to cracking is worth the initial extra expense. In addition our look and colour combinations require 25-50% more time to complete. Its an old cliche .. but you really do get what you pay for with cement. If you want the cheapest price, we may not be the curbing company for you.
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten
What makes you different from the other landscape curbing companies in Saskatchewan?
We have been professionally trained by curbers in the US who have been in the business for 30+ years. 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. 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.