Concrete kerbing is an easy way of improving the visual appeal of the landscape around a commercial building. It can also be used to demarcate lanes and entryways and direct water runoff away from the property. Commercial concrete kerbing can be a complex project, especially when installation is done over a large area; therefore, it is suitable to hire a professional contractor. It is essential to understand the following aspects of the project when choosing a contractor.

Nature of the soil

Are there any signs that the soil in your property could have furrows underneath, or is the soil overly moist? If there are gopher holes on your property, this could be a sign of moles or rodents, and an indication of furrows. The furrows should be filled before concrete kerbing as they can compromise the stability of the kerbs. Also, if the soil is overly moist, some aggregate should be added to enable it to hold the concrete kerbs firmly. Discuss these issues with your contractor before the commencement of the project so that measures are taken to safeguard the stability of the structures.

Off-site concrete mixing

Logistics involving concrete mixing should be taken into consideration. If your property doesn't have adequate space for the operation, you can liaise with your contractor on the off-site preparation of the concrete mix. This can also apply where on-site mixing is likely to cause disruption of activities within the property. Discuss this with your contractor, as well as the associated costs of transporting ready mixed concrete.

Design options

With the right design and color, concrete kerbing can add eye appeal and increase the value of property. When choosing a color, have it in mind that bright concrete colors are bound to fade in the sun. To prevent this from happening, use a sealant on the surface color or choose a color that is more fade resistant such as a shade of grey.

You can add aggregates such as pebbles and shells to give the concrete an exposed aggregate finish. Brick veneers and ceramic tiles can also be used on top of the concrete to create a more decorative look. The concrete edging can also be stamped to resemble paving materials such as brick or stone.

Additional features

Kerbing can include other features such as border lights for safety at night and irrigation features that direct moisture into the soil. If the kerbing is installed around a property's outdoor entertainment area, you may want outdoor speakers installed as well. Ask about these features and any technicalities that may be involved in installing them to avoid difficulties during installation.

Concrete kerbing is an effortless way of landscaping a commercial property and improving its curb appeal. As you choose a contractor, have these things in mind so that you get the best choice for your property.