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What is a Driveway Curb?

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A home driveway is typically made from gravel, concrete, or asphalt. When making a driveway, it is important to include a driveway curb. This curb is the raised portion of the driveway that differentiates the driveway from the main road surface. These curbs should be built with a ramp design to allow the automobile to easily move from the road area into the main driveway.

Most suburban neighborhoods include concrete sidewalks with raised curbs. This provides an area for walking and reduces water runoff during rainstorms. The driveway curb is a special cutout area of the sidewalk that allows vehicles to access the driveway to the home from the main road surface.

A typical driveway will require periodic maintenance. This is due to damage created by weather in some climates and wear and tear created by general usage of the driveway. Most gravel driveways will require new gravel every few years. Concrete and asphalt driveways require periodic patching and crack removal. The driveway curb should also be maintained with the general driveway area.

A driveway culvert is a special cylindrical device under a driveway curb. It is designed to manage the flow of water under a driveway. The culvert helps to prevent underground erosion by ensuring water overflow is funneled through the designated tube.

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Asphalt driveways are considered an important option for many homeowners. This type of driveway is typically easier to maintain and provides a better surface for removing snow. Asphalt driveways are moderately priced options and typically increase the home value more than gravel driveways.

When building a driveway, it is important to include proper elevation and slope within the design. This will reduce flooding of the driveway during storms. The driveway curb area should be sloped in a manner as to provide adequate elevation to prevent flooding of the main driveway.

Many driveways include landscaping that outlines the perimeter of the driveway. This area is typically outlined with gravel, mulch, or logs. When designing a driveway landscape, it's important to consider how the driveway's curb will be affected by the surrounding material.

Some older homes may not include driveway curbs. This is typically because the driveway was added to the home after it was originally built. When adding a driveway curb to an existing home, it is important to contact the local government regarding building codes and standards. These agencies will ensure the new curb meets the specification required by the local government.

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