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Your curbing has a one-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship and against damage due to improper installation or workmanship. It will be replaced at no charge by The Cement Shop Curbing Company in such instances. This does not include damage done by pets, children, premature landscaping, or forces of nature.
If curbing is damaged due to owner negligence, including damage done by pets, children, or premature landscaping, The Cement Shop Curbing Company will return to make necessary repairs at the homeowner's expense. A $200 minimum charge will be applied to this service.
Any modifications to the curb voids the warranty, including drilling into or moving the curb.
Premature irrigation (within 72 hours of installation), resulting in damage to the quality or appearance of the curb, voids the warranty.
Cracking - concrete curbing like any other type of concrete can and will crack, but with the installation of expansion joints, most cracking will occur at these sites, and be virtually undetectable. If your curbing should crack in an area outside of the expansion joints, The Cement Shop will replace it at no charge during the one-year warranty period. A warning: repairs can be difficult to make in coloured concrete, as it is impossible to get a perfect colour match. A crack is much less noticeable than a patch or discoloration.
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Keep off! Keep pets, children and objects away from the curb for 72 hours. Although the concrete will be "hard" to the touch at this point, it actually takes 28 days to fully cure, and should not be walked on during this period.
Landscaping work: Sod-laying, sprinkler work, and landscaping can be started no less than 72 hours after installation, as shovels, rakes, picks, and wheelbarrows can damage the curb for several more days while it is curing. Homeowners should caution landscape contractors about proper treatment of the curb to protect against damage. If wheelbarrows are used for hauling over the curb, a mound of dirt six inches deep should de dumped atop it as protection, or a ramp erected over the curb to prevent weight from causing cracking. Never allow a tractor, truck or any other motorized vehicle to run over the curb. Curbing is rated for 2,500 PSI.
Water: Your concrete curb does not need to be sprayed with water; however, if you choose to do so, wait at least six hours after installation and then spray ONLY with a fine mist. Do not apply nozzle or thumb pressure to your water hose; it may damage the curb. If it begins to rain any time during the first 24 hours after installation, homeowners should attempt to cover the curb with plastic. Do not allow sprinkler systems to come on for at least 72 hours after installation. Irrigation, backwash from pools, condensate lines or rain can damage the curb during the first 24 hours.
Efflorescence: Efflorescence routinely occurs in masonry construction, which can include concrete curbing and sidewalk treatments, when water moving through the structure brings salts to the surface that are not commonly bound as part of the cement stone. As the water evaporates, it leaves the salt behind, which forms a white, fluffy deposit. Since primary efflorescence brings out salts that are not ordinarily part of the cement stone, it is not a structural, but, rather, an aesthetic concern. The Cement Shop does make ever effort to reduce efflorescence by including a specially-formulated product (Efflor-GuardÃÂÃÂ) within the cement at the time of mixing to guard against it.
Efflorescence can be aggravated by water sprinkling systems or rainstorms soaking the curb, and the intensity varies depending upon the volume and hardness of the water. For example, efflorescence may appear more readily if sod has just been planted and watering is occurring frequently. To prevent it, adjust sprinkler heads to minimize the amount of water sprayed directly onto the curb. To remove efflorescence, turn water off for a few days to allow the curb to dry. Clean the curb after it dries with a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water and a soft brush. Brushing with a circular motion works well. You may have to repeat this process, but eventually, it should go away.
Coloured curbing: Curbing with colour in it may look patchy for a few days as it cures. This patchiness will subside.
Excess concrete surrounding the curb: When curbing is installed as a retrofit, (grass already in place) there will be a small amount of concrete remaining on the ground between the new curb and the surrounding lawn. It is very difficult to remove this concrete while still wet. After a 72-hour period, which allows for the excess concrete to dry, it can be picked up easily by hand in small chunks and disposed of. This will allow your grass to grow back against the curbing, or The Cement Shop can leave your sod rolls behind to be replaced in any voids between the curb and the grass following the 72-hour period.
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