How to Repair Concrete Landscape Curbing
Concrete landscape curbing gives protection to the landscape and also looks good as it reflects the outside image of a house. However, we unconsciously use it for certain purposes, for instance sitting on them but we ignore the fact that they need to be protected too, and over time the curb may get damaged. In this guide you will be presented with a do-it-yourself technique on how to repair concrete landscape curbing with a few tools.
Step 1: Preparation
Prepare yourself against the sharp loose concrete parts with protective gear and safety goggles and then break away all jagged and rough pieces of the concrete curb that are damaged and need repair. Getting rid of the withered edges is very important to give it a smooth finished look. Use carving tools like angled chisels and a small hammer. Then use heavy-duty steel wool to scrub the entire surface in order to get rid of every objectionable material. The damaged curb must be sprayed with water to make it squeaky clean. You must wait for it to be completely dry. If the material is not given enough time to dry up properly it does not gain enough hold to keep it together.
Step 2: Coating
Once the curb has dried inside and out, you may start the process. Coat the damaged parts of the curb with concrete bonding product using a stiff nylon paintbrush. Then make another thick coat with the concrete patch product after it has been stirred well. A trowel will be used for application.
Step 3: Filling the Depression
Now the damaged area needs to be filled with concrete. Again a trowel will be used to do this. Concentrating more on the edges you must ensure the smoothness of the concrete and allow it to settle. After half an hour the concrete would have settled, this would be a sign that you must further fill the depression and even out the edges like the rest of the curb.
Step 4: Even out the Curb
With the help of the flatter part of the trowel, mould the concrete so that it clearly matches the rest of the curb. Then scrape the surface to remove all excess concrete patches. No rough or uneven parts should be sticking out and the surface needs to look undulating.
Step 5: The Hardening Process
The repaired curb must be covered with a water-proofed canvas or a tarp. If need be, hold it down using something heavy like stones. The concrete patch can take up to a week to fully dry. However, you must check on it everyday by removing the tarp and spraying water so that it remains moist. The tarp must also be replaced daily after moistening the patched area. The patch would harden on the fifth day but could take up to seven days. Once it has hardened, you may remove the tarps and see that your curb has been fully mended.