5 Decisions to Consider When Choosing Commercial Kerbs

One of the many decisions you have to make as a business owner is about commercial kerbing. If you own a commercial building, you will need to integrate kerbing into your property. Here's what you need to consider.

1. Placement

When many people think of commercial kerbing, they think of the kerbs on the sides of the walking paths in front of commercial buildings. However, that's not the only place where you integrate kerbs. You may want kerbs around your entire car park or around key areas in your landscaping.

For instance, if you have trees, bushes or flowers, you may want to surround those areas with rocks or mulch. Then, you may want to surround them with kerbs so there is a visual separation between those areas and your grass.

2. Design

Whether you're choosing kerbs for walking paths, landscaping or another spot, you need to hone in on the right design. You may simply want basic concrete kerbs, or you may want concrete that has been etched, stamped and coloured to look like bricks. You can also play with different shapes such as rounded or contoured for around landscaping.

3. Height

One of the key design elements you need to consider is the height of the kerb. High kerbs can help to encourage stormwater drainage, which can be useful if you want the water to move off your walking paths and down into the storm drains.

However, you also have to think about how high kerbs work for customers or tenants with disabilities. People in mobility scooters or wheelchairs need kerbs that slope downward, and that's also necessary for people who can't lift their feet and have to shuffle along.

4. Safety

In that same vein, it's also important to think about safety. In particular, you may want to paint the kerbs so that they are visible to anyone walking along them. That keeps your customers or tenants safe, and it also protects you from a liability standpoint. You don't want anyone to be able to hold you financially responsible for injuries related to falling off a kerb.

5. Precast or Poured on Site

Finally, one of the last decisions you need to make is how the kerb is going to be installed. The two main options are precast or poured. With poured, the kerb professionals bring in concrete mix and pour it on site. With pre-cast, it's formed off-site and brought it.