How Much Does Concrete Landscape Edging Cost?
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Concrete curbing adds significant curb appeal to any landscape. Concrete edging (AKA curbing) prevents weed growth and protects flowers while mowing. But, with these benefits come a few costs. See the average concrete curbing cost, as well all edging price factors below.
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Table of Contents
- Concrete Curbing Cost
- Concrete Edging Material Costs
- Concrete Edging Installation Costs
- Pre-Formed Concrete Block Prices
- Poured Concrete Prices
- Concrete Curbing Price Factors
- Advantages Of Concrete Curbing
- Disadvantages Of Concrete Curbing
- Installing Concrete Edging
- Find A Concrete Contractor
Concrete Curbing Cost
The average concrete edging costs will largely come down to the size of your project and your landscape. As such, concrete curbing costs will vary. However, after looking at hundreds of concrete curbing projects, the average prices, with installation, are as follows:
- The minimum reported price for concrete curbing is $2/sf.
- The average reported price for concrete curbing is $10/sf
- The maximum reported price for concrete curbing is $22/sf.
Concrete Edging Material Costs
While concrete curbing is not often a DIY project, some green thumb-homeowners like a challenge and install concrete edges on their own. If you fall into this adventurous category, your landscape curbing cost will come down to materials.
There are two types of concrete curbs: pre-formed blocks and poured concrete. As you might expect, both concrete edging types come with different price points.
- Pre-formed concrete block material costs are between $2/sf and $5/sf
- Poured concrete curbing material costs are between $4/sf and $8/sf
Pouring and mixing concrete requires a few different tools to first form the concrete and then put it into place. It’s rarely a DIY project. Since it takes longer to install poured concrete edges than pre-formed blocks, the price increases.
Concrete Edging Installation Costs
While concrete edging is not a difficult project, it is time consuming. As such, the cost of materials for concrete curbing is often significantly less than the cost of the labor and installation itself. However, just like material costs, hiring a concrete contractor to install poured concrete is more expensive than installing pre-formed blocks.
- Pre-formed concrete block installation costs are between $3/sf and $10/sf
- Poured concrete curbing installation costs are between $6/sf and $15/sf
The exact labor cost will largely come down to the size and complexity of your project. Landscapes with hills cost more than flat properties. Landscapes with sharp turns or plenty of flower beds cost more than simple, rectangular landscapes.
All in all, if you hire a concrete professional, expect to pay an additional $200 to $600 on top of your concrete curbing material costs.
Pre-Formed Concrete Block Prices
Much like brick, pre-formed concrete blocks are heavy, but easy to install if you’re working with a relatively simple landscape. Furthermore, if the area you’re curbing does not see a lot of foot traffic or water (from sprinklers) pre-formed blocks is the smart way to go. With average material and installation costs between $5/sf and $15/sf, expect to pay somewhere between $500 (100sf) and $4,500 (300sf) for most cement curbing projects using pre-formed concrete blocks.
Poured Concrete Prices
To install concrete, you first have to mix it using an extrusion process. Poured concrete, compared to bricks, creates one strip of concrete. With no holes in between, poured concrete is the safer and more durable option if you’re curbing around a slanted yard or your area sees a lot of rainfall. While it’s not a DIY project, more homeowners choose poured concrete over blocks, despite the higher installation costs.
With average material and installation costs between $10/sf and $22/sf, expect to pay somewhere between $1,000 (100sf) and $6,600 (300sf) for most concrete curbing projects using poured concrete.
Concrete Curbing Price Factors
Whether you install pre-formed blocks or poured concrete will largely determine your total concrete edging cost. However, like most landscaping projects, there are other cost factors that can increase or decrease that final invoice:
Amount of Concrete
More materials cost more. It’s a fact of life. Since concrete manufacturers charge by the square foot (or linear foot), larger projects demand larger pocketbooks. Some concrete landscape edging jobs may only require 80sf of concrete, while other projects, such as driveway curbing or entire property edging, require 200-300sf of concrete.
Regional pricing variations can also play a role in the overall cost of your concrete lawn edging. In areas that experience severe cold in fall and winter, concrete work may only be available during the spring and summer. Sadly, masons and landscapers book up in spring and summer. As such, it’s cheaper to install curbing in fall, when most exterior contractors are not as busy.
If you’re lucky, your house sits on top of sloped land where you can see more miles. While the views are great, sloped lands make for more expensive concrete curbing projects. That’s because sloped lawn or driveway edges require more materials and installation time. Both, as you can imagine, increase your concrete curbing cost.
DIY or Hire A Contractor
As you saw above, labor (installation) costs vary from $3/sf to $15/sf. If you go at it alone, you could save up to $3,000 on your overall edging price. Additionally, since pre-formed blocks can’t really harm your landscape, if you’re installing the simpler concrete curbing option, you might as well try to DIY. If it works out, you just saved hundreds of dollars on your DIY cement curbing project.
On the other hand, if you do hire a pro, always read the contractor’s reviews. This way, you can ensure the company is experienced and does quality work before committing to anything.
Advantages Of Concrete Curbing
Costs are only part of the curbing formula. While we mentioned a few already, there are plenty of functional and design reasons to install concrete curbing. If the cost sound right, the following concrete edging benefits should put you over the edge:
- No Rust
- Variety of Colors
- No Maintenance
When used for landscaping purposes, concrete is a permanent therefore extremely durable material, much like a retaining wall. Rather than removable landscaping barriers, concrete will not break or become damaged when you mow the lawn, do hedging or perform any other kind of yard work that may involve landscaping equipment.
Concrete is also resistant to rust and weeds, which is a common problem with other types of landscape materials such as brick. Concrete curbing can also come in a variety of colors and finishes aside from traditional gray. This allows you to customize the look and feel of your landscaping and to choose a style that best complements the property's style.
Finally, once the curbing is installed, there is essentially no maintenance required. Concrete is a durable material that is resistant to damage because it is dense and not absorbent. Taking the time to power wash concrete every so often can help maintain its aesthetic appearance, but once the concrete is installed, it’s essentially there to stay.
Disadvantages Of Concrete Curbing
Concrete curbing has plenty of advantages, but it does not come without potential drawbacks. To get the full picture, you have to consider all concrete curbing disadvantages as well:
- Costly to Remove
Some homeowners avoid concrete curbing due to its steep costs when compared to other landscaping barriers such as wood and brick. Concrete curb installation often costs over twice as much as these other options.
While some homeowners like the idea of a permanent structure, others do not. Unlike wood, brick or plastic, homeowners cannot simply remove and rearrange concrete curbing as they please. Instead, curb removal can be an expensive and time-consuming process that involves the assistance of an experienced mason.
Installing Concrete Edging
More often than not, homeowners hire concrete contractors to install concrete curbs. After all, delivering or mixing concrete and placing it into designated shapes can not be done without the right tools. Nonetheless, knowing how to install concrete curbs will undoubtedly help you choose the right mason for your specific concrete edging project.
Typically, a concrete company will begin by leveling the surface on which the curbing will be installed. They will apply a solid base on top of the dirt and level it carefully with sand. Sometimes, a steel structure may be set up along the length of the curb to give it more structural integrity and to prevent it from crumbling or becoming otherwise damaged over time.
Once all is set in place, the pro will start mixing the concrete. They then put into a machine to start the extrusion process. Moving the machine along the path or structure you placed, the concrete mixture is put into place. Trowels are then used to level the concrete. Finally, sharp joints are added every few feet to prevent flooding.
The curb should dry for at least 24 hours before planting or working around the edge.
To visualize the full concrete curbing installation process, please watch the video below:
Find A Concrete Contractor
If you’re looking to upgrade your curb appeal and make lawn maintenance a little easier, concrete curbs are for you. If the concrete edging costs and advantages sound right, ImproveNet can help you find local, reliable concrete contractors today!
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Last updated on Jul 3, 2017