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Types of Concrete Curbs

Types of Concrete Curbs vary, since different cities have different requirements. It is important to make sure you are working with a qualified and experienced concrete contractor.

All Paving will not only give you proper guidance throughout the process, but also deliver outstanding results.

- Concrete curbs are generally classified as barrier curbs or mountable curbs. Either type can be constructed in many different shapes, depending on regional preferences, purposes and construction costs.

- Barrier curbs also known as straight curbs, resemble the stone slabs used originally for curbs. They also form abrupt obstacles to vehicles leaving pavements.

- Mountable curbs, or roll curbs, have sloping faces that allow vehicles to encroach on them without damaging car's tires. If the slopes are gentle enough, cars can cross them to access driveways.

Two men kneeling down polishing a concrete curb

Either type of curb can have an apron or gutter section attached, and become a combined curb and gutter.

Combined curb and gutter sections widely used along streets and parking lots in urban areas, especially with asphalt pavements. This is done to provide the advantages of stable concrete gutters, with sustainable flow lines along the curbs.

Because concrete can be readily shaped to transition between cross-sections, curbs can be tapered to meet ramps for pedestrian crossings where these are preferred, or to meet requirements for disabled people.

A separate curb and gutter must be tied to the pavement slab with deformed steel bars, if there is to be effective load transfer.

If a curb is separate from the pavement, the joint between the pavement and the curb may require maintenance.

For more information, please review the FDOT website.

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