Types of Concrete Curbs

A concrete curb can be constructed into various shapes and designs depending on its purpose and construction costs. Although curbs serve a variety of purposes, most people don’t pay much attention to them or even notice their appearance. Whether you need to repair or replace a curb on your commercial or residential property, it’s important that you know what options are available.

In general, there are several types of concrete curbing, and each has its own purpose. Keep reading to explore 5 different types of concrete curbing.

1. Mountable Concrete Curb

Mountable or roll curbs have sloping faces that allow vehicles to slowly drive over them. The edges are rounded with a sloping curb face to reduce your vehicles speed. Additionally, this can bring you up to a higher pavement without damaging your tires and wheels. Examples of a mountable curb include those used to drive up a driveway or going over a speed bump.

2. Monolithic/Integral Curb

Monolithic or integral curbs are fused together with the road to create more traction. This makes it easier for larger vehicles to pass through without causing damage to the internal structure or foundation of the concrete. Deflections due to heavy vehicle tires close to the outside edges are reduced as the edges of concrete pavements are made stronger.

3. Barrier Concrete Curb

As the most common type of curb, the idea is to prevent unauthorized vehicles from entering areas designated for pedestrians. Just as the name implies, barrier curbs support safe and orderly traffic patterns by creating a barrier between vehicles and certain spaces. These closed off areas may include:

  • Sidewalks
  • Stores
  • Landscaping
  • Parking spaces

This type of curb is typically elevated from the street or other parking areas to prevent vehicles from entering or trespassing on closed-off spaces. Furthermore, barrier concrete curbing makes it easier for drivers to maneuver into designated parking spaces in a parking lot.

4. Mower Curb

With a slightly more decorative function than their parking curb counterparts, mower curbs are used to border flowerbeds, ponds, and gardens. A mower curb provides a protective barrier between flowerbeds and lawnmowers. Their unique shape enables lawnmowers to cut the grass all the way to the narrow ledge without causing damage to the topsoil or the machinery. Mower curbs come in various colors and sizes to match the tastes and needs of the property owner.

5. Decorative Concrete Curbing

While barrier and mountable curbs focus solely on functionality, decorative curbs combine beauty with functionality. This type of curbing is used to create a focal point in an outdoor setting or a barrier for your landscaping.

For additional aesthetic appeal, property owners can have an angled or slanted curb where the slanted edge is painted a different color than the straight edge. There are so many shapes and colors available for decorative curbs that make the design possibilities endless.

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With so many concrete curb options available, you may find yourself in need of an expert opinion. For high-quality concrete service in the Milwaukee area, look to the professionals at JBS Construction. With more than 30 years of experience proudly serving Milwaukee and the surrounding area, we are southeast Wisconsin’s premier source for residential and commercial concrete construction services.

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