Are you a business owner considering a new asphalt parking lot or a homeowner in need of a new asphalt driveway? When planning out the installation, your paving contractor should include asphalt curbs. Although an asphalt curb may seem like a small detail, it is far from unimportant. Curbing can have a significant impact on the safety, longevity, and appearance of a parking lot or driveway.
What is an Asphalt Curb?
An asphalt curb, also commonly known as a berm, is a small curved wall of asphalt that is used to provide definition and boundaries to paved surfaces. They are typically 6 to 8 inches tall.
Asphalt curbs are made with a machine that uses interchangeable molds. This allows for different styles of curbing to be created including round top, flat top, and more. Their main purpose is to improve the efficiency of your asphalt installation and protect it from damage. However, there are other benefits of asphalt curbing.
An asphalt curb provides rain, melting snow or ice, and other water runoff with direction for drainage. Without curbing, the water would just drain off your paved surface, causing the ground to become saturated. This can cause soil erosion and hazardous soft spots and mud puddles. Curbing can also prevent dirt and other landscaping materials from washing onto your paved surface during heavy rains, cluttering them with debris. In addition to being unsightly, such debris can cause tripping hazards. Curbs can also divert water away from your home or business.
Adding an asphalt curb to any paved surface provides boundaries for visitors to your home or business. Curbing can keep someone from going off the driveway or leave a parking lot through the proper exit. Preventing these incidents from occurring can protect your landscape and visitors’ vehicles from damage. The clearly-defined boundaries created by curbing can make parking lots and pathways easier and safer to navigate. This is especially important for commercial properties where optimal safety is a top priority.
Yes, including curbing in your asphalt installation will also improve your curb appeal. For a business, this can help make a better first impression with potential customers. This finishing touch is both functional and visually appealing. It can demonstrate your commitment to customer safety as well as the effort you invest in your business. For homeowners, upgrading their curb appeal can also increase their property value while showing the pride they take in their homes.
Asphalt Curb Installation and Repair
Installing asphalt curbing, like paving, is best left to professionals. While asphalt curbing doesn’t require a formal foundation, the area behind it needs to be backfilled for proper reinforcement. Creating the proper slope of an asphalt curb requires the skill and experience of an asphalt professional. To maintain the proper function and appearance of your curbing, inspection, and maintenance will become necessary over time. If the backfill has been compromised or the curbing has cracks, it’s time to schedule curbing repair. If the damage is extensive, replacing your asphalt curbing may be necessary.
Certified Asphalt can evaluate your parking lot or driveway curbing and determine the best solution. We provide full-service commercial and residential asphalt paving services to Ocean County, Monmouth County, and surrounding areas in New Jersey. We specialize in asphalt paving, milling, curbing, asphalt repair, seal coating, and pavement maintenance. Family-owned and operated for three generations, we have the skills and experience to deliver quality services at affordable rates. Fully licensed and insured, we guarantee your complete satisfaction! Contact us today for a free estimate!