If you are getting commercial kerbing for your apartment building, store or other commercial building, you may be wondering how to take care of your kerbs. The best care regime starts before you even put in your kerbing. Here are some ideas to consider:
1. Choose a Quality Installer
When choosing a company to put in your kerbing, look for a company that is experienced with commercial jobs in particular. They will know the building codes and any accessibility guidelines you need to keep in mind. Ideally, you want to work with a company that has a range of photos from previous projects, you can look at.
2. Schedule With the Weather in Mind
Concrete kerbs need several hours to dry before they can be safely exposed to rain. Talk with your commercial kerb installer about how much time you need to keep the kerb dry. Then, make sure not to schedule your kerb installation on a day where rain is forecast. If it does start to rain, make sure that you cover the kerbs in plastic.
3. Put in a Root Barrier
Before installing the kerbs, you may want to look for large trees in the area. Imagine their roots as being roughly equivalent to the size and shape of the crown of the tree. If you think some of the trees' roots may eventually get too close to your kerbs, consider putting in an underground root barrier as protection.
4. Set Up a Barricade to Protect the New Kerbs
Children or stray animals may easily run over the kerb whilst it is still curing and leave marks. To prevent that, hire some barricades and place them around the kerbs. In lieu of solid barricades, you can use caution tape.
If you have a lot of stray cats in the area, you may want to take extra precautions. To keep your new kerbs free of paw prints, use solid barricades with metal mesh placed over them.
5. Don't Do Lawn Care for a While
Even after they've finished drying, your commercial kerbs are still going to be more prone to scratches. To protect them, try to avoid doing extensive lawn care for a day or two after installation. Ideally, you shouldn't use lawn mowers or edging tools that may knock into the kerbs.
6. Limit Sulphate Exposure
Once your commercial kerbs are well established, you can do lawn work around them, but consider limiting their direct exposure to pesticides. Many pesticides contain sulphates, and sulphates can damage concrete.