Edgings, kerbs and edge restraints
An essential component of so many pavements, patios, driveways, roads and car parks. Edgings and kerbs provide that all important restraint that keeps it all in place. There are hundreds of different types, concrete, clay, natural stone, steel, plastic, timber and more, but what are the most important construction rules and how do we ensure they won’t fail?
Edgings & Kerbs
Edgings and kerbs form the boundary between a paved area and other areas, which could be more paving, a lawn, a garden, a driveway or almost anything else. They can be flat or have upstand in the form of a kerb, but whatever format they take, they are usually critical for the performance and longevity of many different types of paving.
A gallery of the more popular types of edgings, edge tiles, kerbs and other items used as edgings for pavements.
Edgings & Kerbs - Concrete Bedded Edgings
Concrete bedded edgings and kerbs are used wherever a rigid support or restraint is required at the edge or perimeter of a pavement. They are possibly the most useful format of edging, and this page explores their construction and potential uses.
Constructing Edge Courses for Pavements
This page looks at the processes used to construct an retaining edge course prior to placing the body blocks which form the bulk of the pavement, and specifically considers the issues raised when laying such an edge course over an in-situ sub-base.
Laying a brick edge course
The photos and videos on this page show a concrete bedded edge course being constructed using a single width clay brick pavior.
Determining kerb line radius
This page shows how the size of the radius of a kerb, whether it's an individual kerbstone or an extant arc, can be determined using a simple bit of mathematics.
Edgings & Kerbs - Road Kerbs
Road kerbs are the 'Big Boys' of the edging world and, as the name suggests, they are primarily used on roads and carriageways. This page looks at the different types of kerbs that are used, and how they are installed.
Bus Stop Kerb: a Case Study
This page looks at how the use of specialist pre-cast kerbs can improve access to buses for both able-bodied and disabled users, and in particular, uses a single kerb system for consistency throughout the case study.
Steel Edgings from Core Landscape Products
Steel edgings offer a flexible, reliable and cost-effective solution for projects where all that is required is a basic restraint. Using quality products supplied by Core LP, one of Britain's leading suppliers, this case study follows an installation in rural Shropshire.
Edgings & Kerbs - Profiling and Alignment
This page looks at two procedures employed after a run of kerb or edgings has been laid to create a perfectly straight line or an eye-pleasing sweet curve.
Edgings & Kerbs - Timber Edgings
One popular and relatively cheap form of edging is the timber strip, affixed to simple wooden pegs. They aren't suitable for every type of paving but they can be useful on less formal projects.
Edgings & Kerbs - Sawtooth Edging
Here's a simple 'decorative' edging suitable for drives, if laid on and haunched with concrete. This type of edging looks great in cottage gardens or wherever a cheap, but visually attractive edging is required.
Edgings & Kerbs - Mowing Strips
Mowing strips are used at the boundary or edges of a lawned area and provide a flat strip that makes it easier to mow against hard edges such as walls, or to retain the grass when it lies against a flower bed or similar. This page looks at how they are constructed.