Comparing the Different Types of Curbs and Their Advantages

Yellow curbCurbs are rarely thought about or even noticed by drivers other than to make sure not to hit them. There are actually many different types of curbs, the differences of which you’ll likely only take the time to get to know when you’re a city planner or designing your own commercial property. If you’re interested in getting to know the difference between the various types of curbs and their advantages, just keep on reading.

Different Types of Curbs

Concrete Curbs

These types of curbs are also referred to as barrier curbs. They can be constructed in many different shapes, depending on your budget, regional preferences, and purposes. Their appearance resembles the stone slabs originally used for curbs, which were designed to obstruct vehicles that strayed from the roadway.

Mountable Curbs or Roll Curbs

This type of curb has sloping faces that allow vehicles to drive across them, without posing a danger to your tires or wheels. If the slopes are gentle enough, cars can even drive over them to access driveways. These curbs are an ideal option for developing areas where driveways have not yet been located so that when they are, no curb-related construction will be required. The curbs that are designed to allow vehicular passage must have low points to allow them to do this with ease—these are referred to as depressed curbs.

Monolithic or Integral Curbs

Integral curbs are built with concrete pavements that project above the pavement at the edges. Since the edges of the concrete pavements are stronger and stiffer, deflections caused by heavy wheels close to the outside are reduced. When curbs are cast on already-hardened concrete slabs, there are opportunities for planes of weakness and water penetration because of the cold joints between the curbs and slabs. In these cases, more frequent and thorough maintenance may be required.

Advantage of Curbs

Aesthetic Appeal

Curbs provide a clean-cut look for the end of paving in parking lots and streets. The common phrase “curb appeal” refers to the appearance of a building from the outside. Curbs allow buildings to look put together and have a clean-looking exterior by providing a contrast between streets and lawns.

Traffic Safety

In addition to giving the exterior of your property an attractive look, the contrast between the roadway and sidewalk or lawn also contributes to traffic safety. In cases when drivers are less likely to see the curb or in places where there’s an increased risk, some curbs are even painted a different color so that they’re more prominent.

Collect Runoff

Curbs can help reroute water flow to points of collection, and prevent a buildup to standing water. This will reduce erosion and let water the move at a lower grade percentage.

If you think your parking lot could benefit from new curb installation or some maintenance services, call Lincoln Construction Group. We have years of experience creating aesthetically appealing lots for our customers, and we would be glad to do the same for you—you won’t be disappointed with our unparalleled service and high-quality materials. Contact us today for more information or for a consultation.